New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan wants people to know that her state is no North Carolina.
Hassan signed an executive order on Thursday (30 June) protecting the rights of state employees who are transgender.
Hassan, a Democrat, says the order ‘helps ensure that New Hampshire state government welcomes and incorporates the talents and contributions of all of our citizens.’
This is in contrast to North Carolina which recently enacted an anti-LGBTI law that forces transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they were born as and not the one which they identify as.
Hasson noted that the order comes at the end of LGBTI Pride Month and reinforces New Hampshire as ‘a welcoming state where everyone has the opportunity to share in our high quality of life and economic success.’
The order calls for gender identity and gender expression to be included in the state’s anti-discrimination policies and provisions.
It also requires state agencies to review and revise their policies, as necessary, to ensure that they do not discriminate and calls for the Department of Justice and the Department of Administrative Service to review and revise state contract language to include protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
The order is to be implemented by 15 September and also applies to any state contractors and subcontractors..