Welcoming Workplaces and Communities Drive a Strong Economy

Our employees, their families and our communities thrive when each member can be their true self, making their own decisions about personal well-being. That’s the New Hampshire way. Laws that attack our LGBTQ+ friends, neighbors and families send the wrong message about what we all value, freedom for all.

An Open Letter Addressing the Slate of Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills To:

State Senators
State Representatives
Governor Chris Sununu

Given the extensive slate of anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the 2024 session, we as business and workplaces in New Hampshire, feel it is important to stand together in support of the LGBTQ community. Our companies and organizations operate state wide, contributing to job creation and providing products, services and support for New Hampshire’s communities and beyond. We strongly believe that we excel when our people can bring their authentic selves to their work and their communities. For that reason, we prioritize creating environments fostering fairness, belonging, and opportunity.

As we work together to strengthen our state’s economy, we need our leaders in Concord laser focused on solutions that address limitations in our workforce development, like the housing and child care crises, both of which affect our abilities to recruit and retain workers. Without more housing, especially workforce housing and sufficient child care options during the workday, our ability to recruit the necessary workers for our workplaces becomes very difficult. Spending time on legislation to limit freedoms is counter-productive and better spent on barriers to achieving prosperity for all.

We hope to continue to grow and thrive as companies in this state but are troubled by the drumbeat of proposed legislation in the State House that unfairly targets LGBTQ individuals, particularly transgender youth. These bills aim to limit access to essential services and restrict participation in activities such as sports and the use of public facilities. Such discriminatory measures not only harm marginalized groups, but also undermine the principles of fairness and respect, and tarnish our state’s reputation.

These laws would negatively impact our employees and their families, creating unwelcome and unsafe environments in their communities. Discriminatory policies would affect our businesses, influencing our decisions on investment and growth. They also go against the fabric of our great state and in turn make it harder for us to recruit the people we need to run our businesses and organizations.

We have found that our workers are proud to live in New Hampshire because we treat each other with respect. We appreciate the leadership Governor Sununu and the 2018 legislature demonstrated in HB 1319, protecting the rights of transgender people. Discriminatory LGBTQ policies will chip away individual rights and be yet another thing that makes it hard for businesses in this state to get the workforce we need to keep our doors open.

As signatories of this letter, we remain committed to fostering safe and inclusive environments for our employees, their families, and our communities. We call on policymakers to prioritize fairness and freedom for all Granite Staters, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and respected wherever they live and work. In order to ensure our workplaces can continue to grow and innovate, we ask that you stop advancing anti-LGBTQ policies and focus on helping all people achieve their full potential.

Sincerely,

350 New Hampshire

Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services*

Prime Roast Coffee

36creative

HR Synergy, LLC

Proximity Lab

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Human Being Human, LLC

Racial Unity Team

Allgood Strategies LLC

Hypertherm Associates*

Reis & Kirkland

Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc., (ACHS)*

iOffice Technologies

Rejuvenations Professional Massage

Antioch University*

Impax Asset Management*

Reproductive Equity Now

Apotheca Flowers

JOBTALK

Resilient Buildings Group, Inc

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

JP Judy Johnson

Resolve New England

ApprenticeshipNH

Just Calm Down Skin & Nail Studio

ReVision Energy*

Avalon North

Keene Family YMCA*

Rights & Democracy

Beeze Tees

Keene Housing

Richardson Media Group

Bi-State Primary Care Association

Keene Housing Kids Collaborative

Ripple Effect Studio

Bill Maddocks Consulting LLC

Keene Pride

River's Edge salon LLC

BLM NH

KPIP Law PLLC

ROC USA, LLC

Brantwood Camp

Lamprey Health Care*

Roots Cafe & Juice Bar

Brown & Company Design

LISTEN Community Services

Saltwater Collective

Brown Computer Solutions

Little River Farmstead

Sanborn Diversity Solutions

Building Community in New Hampshire

Littleton Food Co-op*

Savings Bank of Walpole

Brewbakers Cafe & Terra Nova Coffee

Little Village Toy & Book Shop

Scrapp Inc

Bruss Project Management

Lovering Health Center

Seacoast Cryotherapy and Recovery LLC

Camp Mowglis

Making Space Consulting

Seacoast Outright

Cedarcrest*

Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center

SHARA Vineyards

Center for School Climate & Learning

Mascoma Bank*

Shire's Naturals

Chewlin Group

MAYO Designs Inc.

Social Design Strategies

ChopShop MediaWorks

MegaFood*

Southwestern Community Services, Inc.*

Clay Culture Studios

MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank)*

Spearpoint Strategies

Communicators Group

Mill + Co.

St. John's Episcopal Church

Contoocook Stoneworks, LLC

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention

Stonyfield*

COOS COUNTY FAMILY HEALTH SVS*

Monadnock Conservancy

Stout Heart

Coppertoppe Inn and Retreat

Monadnock Food Co-op*

Stout Oak Farm

Cornerstone Financial Planning

Monadnock Humane Society

Summit Workplace Solutions

Deep Roots Massage

Monadnock International Film Festival

Sunrise Labs

Diversity Workforce Coalition

MudCity Clay

Sustainable Futures Consulting

Eight Legged Octopus

NAMI New Hampshire

Sweaty Turtle Entertainment

Electronic Imaging Materials Inc

Neighborhood Access

Teatotaller

Elm City Coaching

NEMO Equipment, Inc.

The Browne Center for Innovative Learning

Enna Chocolate

New Directions Collaborative

The Center for Women and Enterprise

Equality Health Center

New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp*

The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth

Full Spectrum Wellness/re-Sourced

New Hampshire Youth Movement

The Community Kitchen

Garland Mill

New Futures

The Flower Room

Get Tech Smart

New Perspective Consulting LLC

The Making of Self

Gibson's Bookstore & Café

Next Level Partnership, LLC

The Nest Vintage Home

Girls at Work, Inc.

NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees

The Northern Forest Center

Grim North LLC

NH Businesses for Social Responsibility

The Richards Group*

Good Earth Farm

NH Charitable Foundation 

The Toadstool Bookshops

GoodWork

Northern Pictures

The Waysmeet Center and Cornucopia Food Pantry

Granite United Way

PMAC - Portsmouth Music and Arts Center

Tristate Chimney Sweepe

Greater Monadnock Collaborative

Paragon Digital Marketing

Turnage Barbershop

Greater Seacoast Community Health*

Penumbra

Upper Valley Haven

Green Wave Electric Vehicles

Persimmon Consulting, LLC

Unchartered.org

Grim North LLC

Phin

Urban Soul Boutique

Hair By Monica

Placework

Vital Communities

Hannah Grimes Center, Inc.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England*

W.S. Badger Company, Inc

Hanover Co-op Food Stores & Auto Service Centers of NH & VT*

Positive Tracks

Water Street Bookstore, Inc.

Harbor Care*

Pride Toolbox

Waypoint*

Harm Reduction Circle

Prime Buchholz*

YouthWell New Hampshire

HELM Construction Solutions

* Companies with over 100 employees.

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