Stephanie Cawley of Center Conway has called New Hampshire home for 31 years and can’t imagine living anywhere else. She loves New Hampshire’s strong culture of freedom and independence and says the state’s natural beauty is unparalleled. That’s why it upset Stephanie for several years that she had to work in Maine just so she could do her job as a healthcare professional without worrying about being discriminated against, until New Hampshire passed transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination protections in April 2018. Now, thanks to these explicit state-level protections, she is able to work and live freely as the woman she’s always known herself to be.
“As a transgender woman, I am deeply concerned for my own safety as well as my daughter and all women,” Cawley said. “I would and do support laws that protect us against domestic violence and sexual assaults. Adding a small group of citizens to the anti-discrimination laws with a well-documented history of discrimination does not put anyone at risk. Further, it protects all of us and fosters a good economic climate.”