N.H. bill aims to add ‘gender identity’ to anti-discrimination protections

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N.H. bill aims to add ‘gender identity’ to anti-discrimination protections

A bipartisan group of New Hampshire lawmakers are pushing for a proposed bill that aims to expand protections and prevent discrimination against transgender people in the state.

Three Republican senators have joined forces with eight Democratic senators and representatives for the measure that proposes to add “gender identity” to the Granite State’s statues of anti-discrimination.

The bill describes gender identity as an individual’s identity in appearance or conduct, even if it does not correspond with the person’s assigned sex at birth or physiology.

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Morris, who testified that he faced discrimination because he grew up as the child of an interracial couple, said, “Just being yourself shouldn’t give people the right to harass you or treat you poorly …I am shamed, as a lifelong New Hampshire native, to think that over 30 years later this is still being allowed to happen to different groups of people.”

The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights already prohibits discrimination based on age, sex, race, creed, color, marital state, sexual orientation, physical/mental disability or national origin.

If approved, New Hampshire would join more than one and half a dozen other states that have already barred any kind of discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing and public places like restaurants and hotels.

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