A new book published by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and TransGender New Hampshire, and titled We Are New Hampshire: Transgender Lives in the Granite State, shares ten stories of New Hampshire’s transgender residents, showing both the richness of their experiences and the hardships they face just for being who they are. The book is free and is being distributed digitally and in hard copies by both organizations. We Are New Hampshire takes findings from several studies on anti-transgender discrimination and situates them within individual narratives, highlighting their presence in a transgender person’s everyday life.
In one story, Geri, a transgender woman, was refused help from the man assigned to train her at a new job. Geri’s employer assigned her to another trainer without addressing the discrimination that continues affecting her and the 47% of transgender people who report having been fired, not hired, or denied a promotion because of who they are. In another story, Mason, a transgender man, is forced to disclose his transgender identity every time he shows his diver’s license because of the gender marker he cannot legally change in the state of New Hampshire. Mason’s risk of mistreatment is similar to that of the 40% of transgender people who reported that when they presented ID that did not match their gender presentation, they were harassed.
Janson Wu, an attorney at GLAD, commented on the book’s importance in a release, saying, “New Hampshire is the only New England state that does not have laws protecting its transgender residents from discrimination. We know there is much work to be done to educate the New Hampshire community about why these protections are needed. This book is another step toward that goal.” We at GLAAD urge the media to elevate stories like those shared in We Are New Hampshire and help raise awareness of the basic needs and protections denied to transgender people everywhere.