Youth | Discrimination | New Hampshire
New Hampshire Discrimination Q&A
Does New Hampshire have an anti-discrimination law protecting gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals from discrimination?
Yes. New Hampshire’s law banning sexual orientation discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing has been in effect since January 1, 1998 (see Norma Love, “Senate Passes Gay Civil Rights; Shaheen to Sign it,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, May 7, 1997).
Does the law protect transgender people?
Also, in June 2016, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression in state employment, state-run programs, and government contracts (NH Exec. Order No. 206-04 (June 30, 2016), http://governor.nh.gov/media/orders/documents/eo-2016-04.pdf). GLAD continues to work with organizations such as Freedom New Hampshire to ensure a future where all transgender Granite Staters receive full and equal protection under the law. For more information about the campaign, see http://www.freedomnewhampshire.org/.
Does the law protect people perceived as being gay, lesbian, and bisexual?
Yes. New Hampshire non-discrimination law defines “sexual orientation” as “having or being perceived as having an orientation for heterosexuality, bisexuality or homosexuality” (NH RSA 354-A:2, XIV-c). While the courts have not ruled on the meaning of the “perceived” language, it should mean that if a person is fired because they are perceived to be gay, they may invoke the protection of the anti-discrimination law regardless of their actual orientation.