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New Hampshire

Recent changes to protections

New Hampshire

On June 8th, 2018, after the launch of the Beyond I Do campaign, New Hampshire became the 20th state in the country to explicitly provide comprehensive non-discrimination protections to LGBT Americans.

Imagine if a typical trip to the DMV resulted in feeling humiliated and being denied a license, simply because of who you are. This was the reality for Kenzo, a transgender1 man who lives with his wife, Jennifer, in New Hampshire.

You’re not complete.

Kenzo was born female, but had transitioned to male so that he could live his life as the man he always knew himself to be. One day, he went to the DMV to update the gender on his driver’s license. Though he had fulfilled the necessary requirements to change his license, the DMV denied his request. He wasn’t expecting the level of disrespect he received from the DMV clerk. The clerk laughed and mocked Kenzo for being transgender, going so far as to point at his pants and say in a loud voice for all to hear, “You’re not complete.”

We just want to live our lives peacefully like everyone else.

Kenzo was humiliated by this exchange; who wouldn’t be after being mocked and openly discriminated against because of who you are? But because New Hampshire is one of 31 states in the U.S. that doesn’t protect all residents from discrimination, people like Kenzo can be denied services, like changing their driver’s license, just because they’re LGBT2. “No one should have to go through this type of discrimination,” Kenzo said. “We just want to live our lives peacefully like everyone else.”

1Transgender

People whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex assigned at birth.

2LGBT

LGBT is a common acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.

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