Transgender bills a big step forward

Last week, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a pair of bills into law that will help to protect our transgender citizens.

The first measure bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. The second bans therapy that is aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

Both laws will go into effect on July 8.

With the signing of these pieces of legislation, the Granite State joins its New England neighbors and 19 other states that have such laws in place.

Although New Hampshire was the last state in our region to pass such measures, it is past time to be critical of that point.

The fact is, the transgender community deserves these protections, the same protections we all enjoy.

In this day and age, it is hard to believe any type of discrimination exists. Society, in general, should be more enlightened by now, especially considering past evils in our nation’s history.

“We must ensure that New Hampshire is a place where every person, regardless of their background, has an equal and full opportunity to pursue their dreams and to make a better life for themselves and their families,” Sununu said last week.

The governor also said any type of discrimination “runs contrary to New Hampshire’s ‘Live Free or Die’ spirit.”

Indeed it does. We must all work on being more accepting of our neighbors, whether they be members of the transgender community or those of other nationalities. The wonderful thing about this country is that we truly are a melting pot where all should be welcomed.