Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, signed payments Friday to guard transgender folks from discrimination and ban therapies that search to alter the sexual orientation of minors.
The anti-discrimination regulation, which takes impact July eight, bans discrimination based mostly on gender identification in housing, employment and public lodging, along with the protections that exist already based mostly on race, intercourse, faith and sexual orientation.
Sununu additionally signed into regulation a invoice that might ban “conversion” remedy that makes an attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identification of minors.
New Hampshire had been the one New England state with out protections for transgender folks. It joins 19 different states in doing so.
Sununu stated Friday that discrimination in any kind is unacceptable and “runs opposite to New Hampshire’s ‘Reside Free or Die’ spirit.”
If the state desires to reside as much as its well-known motto, he stated, “we should be certain that New Hampshire is a spot the place each particular person, no matter their background, has an equal and full alternative to pursue their goals and to make a greater life for themselves and their households.”
Supporters of the anti-discrimination invoice argued that it was lengthy overdue and stated it might save lives by stopping suicide. Some opponents targeted on the concern of predatory males molesting ladies and kids in public restrooms, whereas others pushed unsuccessfully for a examine to additional consider the difficulty.
Leaders of the New Hampshire Log Cabin Republicans, a gaggle of LGBT Republicans and allies, stated, “We wish to emphasize the significance of those legal guidelines to the well being of our residents, particularly in youthful folks fighting their sexual identification.”