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Community Members Rally Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills in NH

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LGBTQ+ advocates rallied at the New Hampshire Statehouse this week in protest of a slate of bills which they say aim to demonize members of their community.

One bill would ban what advocates said is essential medical care for transgender minors as well as ban the teaching of gender identity in schools. Another bill labels gender-affirming care as child abuse.

Linds Jakows, co-founder of the group 603 Equality, said the bills are part of a coordinated effort nationwide meant to criminalize transgender people.

"Just knowing that these attacks are happening, whether or not they come to pass, is harmful because no one's existence should be up for debate," Jakows asserted.

Roughly 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced nationwide so far this year.

Another bill introduced this session is dubbed a "parents bill of rights" and would require schools to notify parents of any developments related to their child's gender identity or expression.

Abi Maxwell's daughter is transgender. She said the slate of bills has been "terrorizing," and added her family has already had to move once due to bullying and wonders if they'll have to relocate again.

"I just can't believe that if anybody actually looked into our home and saw the harm they were needlessly causing, I can't believe anybody would ever stand for this," Maxwell stated.

Advocates noted one bill has been introduced to provide protections to out-of-state patients accessing gender-affirming health care or mental health care in New Hampshire.


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