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Discrimination protection for gender identity?

Dec 27, 2017

New Hampshire Sen. Ed Butler is sponsoring a 2018 bill to include gender identity as part of the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The bill would apply to employment, housing and public accommodations. Read more about this issue

Should NH add gender identity to state anti-discrimination laws?

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page December 5, 2017

268 citizens responded181 citizens opposed to adding gender identity to anti-discrimination laws64 citizens in favor of adding gender identity to anti-discrimination laws23 citizens said other

What Participants Said

No: 181 people were opposed to adding gender identity to state anti-discrimination laws.

  • “No. There are only two genders, male and female.”
  • “No… ‘Gender identity’ is far too ambiguous a term. It's going to create far more problems than it solves.”
  • “No. We already have a discrimination law. Breaking it out into more factors and creating a special law is discrimination in itself.”

Yes: 64 people were in favor of adding gender identity to state anti-discrimination laws.

  • “Yes, because we all deserve to be treated equally and gender identity is a fundamental human right. Some of my dearest friends and some of our greatest people are transgender persons.”
  • “Gender is not binary, and it should not be legal to discriminate [against] those who express a non-binary gender.”
  • “Yes. Let’s end discrimination once and for all.”

Other: 23 people commented on related questions and issues instead. 
These included:

  • Mental health: “What this state really needs is better funding for mental illness.”
  • Discrimination in general: “You could probably even ask your grandparents about discrimination and how it effected [sic] them.”
  • Defining gender: “Gender is a completely social construct, sex is determined by organs.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Related Bill

HB 1319 (2018)
Bill Status: Signed by Governor
Hearing date: Apr 16, 2018

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