“All people have the right to fully participate in the social, civic, and economic life of our communities, no matter who they love or how they identify. I will continue fighting for LGBTQ equality and work to end discrimination in all forms.” –Senator Hassan
As Majority Leader of the New Hampshire State Senate, Senator Hassan successfully led efforts to make New Hampshire one of the first states in the nation to pass marriage equality – and she continues to be a leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality.
In the U.S. Senate, Senator Hassan is a cosponsor of the comprehensive and bipartisan Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. The historic bill would ensure that all Americans – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – have the opportunity to fully participate in our civic and economic life.
Transgender Americans are facing an onslaught of discriminatory attacks from the Trump Administration, and Senator Hassan has consistently spoken out against any attempt to undermine the rights of the transgender community. She strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military, as well as the Administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students in public schools.
Senator Hassan is also working to allow legally married same-sex couples – who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly – to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage.
Senator Hassan will continue to be a proud ally of the LGBTQ community and fight to end discrimination in all forms.
June 03, 2019
Senator Hassan Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Marriage Equality in New Hampshire, Also Recognizes Pride Month
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today released the following statement to celebrate the 10-year-anniversary of marriage equality being signed into law in New Hampshire. During her time as Senate Majority Leader in the New Hampshire State Senate, Senator Hassan helped lead efforts to make New Hampshire one of the first states in the nation to pass marriage equality. This past weekend also marked the beginning of Pride Month, which is celebrated annually in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28, 1969.Read More
May 01, 2019
Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group Introduce Bill to Protect LGBTQ Americans from Housing Discrimination
( Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 with a bipartisan group of Senators led by Tim Kaine (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME). The bill would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to ensure equal housing opportunities for all Americans. The FHA prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability but not sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, 21 states, the District of Columbia, and over 200 localities protect sexual orientation and gender identity in their housing discrimination statutes.Read More
March 14, 2019
( Last night, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce historic, comprehensive federal legislation – the bipartisan Equality Act of 2019 – to ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. They introduced the legislation, which includes Shaheen’s Jury ACCESS Act, with Senators Collins (R-ME), Baldwin (D-WI), Booker (D-NJ) and 41 of their Senate colleagues. The legislation was filed simultaneously in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and joined by Reps. Kuster (NH-02) and Pappas (NH-01), and 237 Representatives.Read More
July 13, 2017
Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues to Introduce Refund Equality Act to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same-Sex Couples
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 71 of their congressional colleagues today to introduce the Refund Equality Act of 2017. This legislation would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples - who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly - are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage. Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since January 1, 2010.Read More
June 02, 2017
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month:Read More
May 19, 2017
WASHINGTON - Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act (FDCA) of 2017, introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative JoshGottheimer (NJ-5), amending the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit credit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Read More
May 02, 2017
Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues to Reintroduce Historic, Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 44 Senators to re-introduce historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The Equality Act of 2017 would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, in existing federal laws. The bill would explicitly ban discrimination in a host of areas, including employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, access to credit, and federal funding. The bill would also add protections against sex discrimination in parts of anti-discrimination laws where these protections had not been included previously, including in public accommodations and federal funding.Read More