Transgender New Hampshire (TGNH) is committed to supporting and building community between transgender and gender non-conforming people, as well as significant others, friends, families, and allies, in New Hampshire.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO:
Transgender New Hampshire (TGNH) was founded in 2009, and is a state-wide organization focused on:
- Coordinating community events to foster community building and support for people who are transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming in New Hampshire.
- Assisting people in finding resources that will be trans-supportive and helpful toward meeting their needs.
- Collaborating with other organizations to advocate for laws, policies, procedures, and resources that promote and affirm the rights, safety, and wellbeing of members of community.
Language & Community:
Transgender New Hampshire (TGNH) has a diverse and growing community. We value the many different ways people in our community identify along the gender spectrum, including agender, bigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, Two Spirit, trans men, trans women, trans masculine, trans feminine, and many more identities. We understand that for many people naming our identities is an important part of ourselves. Language is ever changing and we support everyone’s right to identify themselves as they so choose. TGNH frequently uses the terms transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming as umbrella terms for the many identities that make up our community.
In addition to the diversity of gender identities in our community we acknowledge that we are diverse in many other ways: age, race, sexual orientation, sex, abilities, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and more. Whenever possible we strive to use language that is affirming and inclusive of the diversity of our community, and to create and promote spaces that are accepting and supportive.
The Steering Committee:
The TGNH Steering Committee, which was established in 2012, is a small group of volunteers who provide leadership to the organization, coordinate and plan various community events, and collaborate with other organizations to advocate for laws, policies, procedures, and resources that promote and affirm the rights, safety, and wellbeing of people who are transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming in New Hampshire. We are currently looking for new TGNH Steering Committee members! If you are interested in joining the TGNH Steering Committee, please contact us (provide link to online contact form). The time commitment is relatively low, and your time and skills will have an important direct impact on creating a supportive community across our state. Each Steering Committee member works on what they want to work on based on their interests, skills, and passion.
TGNH also has a Facebook group with over 1,000 members who collectively provide individual and community support and information. Our Facebook group is mostly for people who are transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, and/or gender non-conforming, etc. who are from New Hampshire; allies are welcomed. To protect the privacy of our community, instead of providing a direct link here on our website, we ask that those interested in joining contact us for the link.
The TGNH email list is a great way to stay updated about upcoming events, helpful resources, information, and ways to connect with our community. Click here to join the TGNH email list.
Resource Lists & Information:
One of the main goals of TGNH is to help you find the comprehensive and trans-supportive resources you’re looking for. We maintain a comprehensive resource list (provide link to our resource page here) that includes information about local doctors, therapists, support groups, organizations, etc. We’ve also created a page on “How to change your name and gender marker” to help as someone may decide if, when, and how to make these important changes on various state and federal documents. If you have additional questions, you may also contact us at our contact form.
Since its inception, TGNH has hosted potlucks and social events in various locations such as Concord, Durham, Epsom, Hooksett, Keene, Laconia, Piermont, Plymouth, and Wakefield. We are always looking for TGNH members who would like to host events in their communities. Events are usually hosted in public venues such as community centers, libraries, and open and affirming churches. They can be potlucks, or other types of activities that are affordable and accessible to TGNH members. Examples could include game night, book or movie discussions, or nature walks. Your ideas are welcome. If you would like to host an event, contact the TGNH Steering Committee at our contact form.
PAST WORK OF TGNH:
In addition to hosting community and social events, the TGNH Facebook group, creating resource lists on the TGNH website, etc, we’ve also been involved in several major community collaborations (see list below). While our main role is to provide support and community building, TGNH has also had a role in advocating for several recent successful policy changes that support the rights of people who are trans* in our state.
- In March 2010, TGNH coordinated and hosted an all-day Community Building Mini Conference in Durham.
- In July, August, and September 2012, staff from the National LGBTQ Task Force facilitated a Transgender Leadership Academy for community members who were interested in developing leadership and community organizing skills to address local issues affecting people who are transgender in NH. The TGNH Steering Committee was officially formed in September 2012 during this training.
- In 2014, TGNH was actively involved in efforts that led to Portsmouth becoming the first town in NH to adopt a non-discrimination policy to protect transgender municipal employees from discrimination, as well as to declare support for statewide non-discrimination protections for transgender people.
- In 2014 – 2015, we collaborated on successfully amending the criteria to change the gender marker on your New Hampshire Driver's License or Non-Driver Identification Card by removing all requirements of surgery. Thank you to GLAD, NHCLU, NH Human Rights Commision, and everyone who contributed to making this change happen.
- In April 2015, TGNH coordinated and hosted an all-day Transgender Wellness Event in Concord where over 65 people attended.
- We’ve continued to support the amazing work of TGNH Steering Committee members Doug Marino and Christen Bustani, and many other community members who have led the successful passing of similar non-discrimination resolutions in 10 towns in NH! Thank you to EVERYONE who has been involved! This has been a wide community effort.
- TGNH has participated in and hosted a table at Portsmouth Pride!
- During 2015 – 2017, TGNH collaborated with Freedom New Hampshire, a non-partisan coalition of organizations, transgender people, faith and business leaders, law enforcement, etc., all working together to educate and advocate for HB478: legislation to prohibit discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, etc. TGNH has been an active member of this coalition, with TGNH Steering Committee member Shana Aisenberg serving as the TGNH representative on the Freedom New Hampshire Steering Committee. For more information about Freedom New Hampshire and how to get involved: www.freedomnewhampshire.org .