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NH to Decide on Transgender Rights Bill



    NH Senate to Vote on Transgender Bill

    A vote to protect transgender rights is imminent in New Hampshire.

    (Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018)

    A historic vote to protect transgender rights in New Hampshire could happen Wednesday night.

    House Bill 1319 would protect transgender people from discrimination at work, housing and public places.

    "We need freedom to be ourselves," said Gerri Cannon from Somersworth, the first openly transgender woman to be elected to a city school board in New Hampshire.

    On Wednesday, supporters of the transgender community converged on the State House to rally for transgender rights.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "It's like being left handed," said Cannon. "Why are people left handed? They can't explain it."

    Cannon has been fighting for the gender identity bill for almost a decade. She said she's experienced discrimination due to how she identifies.

    "I was a customer-facing person when I was laid off," Cannon said. "I have to believe that was part of the decision they let me go, because they weren't quite sure how customers were going to react to me."

    Reactions that Gerri said this bill help to address.

    "When you go to a restaurant, or if you're going bowling, it's that somebody's not going to ask you to leave, because you're upsetting the person next to them," Cannon said.

    One of the biggest concerns for some lawmakers is privacy in public places, but the trans community feels those fears are unfounded.

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    [NATL] Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    "A lot of daughters want privacy rights in the bathroom or locker room," Republican Senator Bill Gannon said. "They don't want to disrobe next to boys."

    "Safety and privacy are important to all of us, including transgender people," said Linds Jakows, campaign manager for Freedom of New Hampshire.

    "It's the boogie man," Cannon said. "We're all afraid of the boogieman, as we were younger, but the boogie man doesn't exist."

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