“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.
September 24, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined colleagues in introducing the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2021, legislation to address bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying, at colleges and universities around the country. The bill’s re-introduction and Senator Hassan’s cosponsorship comes during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the anniversary of the death of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, who lost his life to suicide in 2010 after his roommate and another student invaded his privacy and harassed him due to his sexual orientation.Read More
June 21, 2021
Senator Hassan Attends Northeast POW/MIA Network Vigil, Queen City Pride Festival, and Juneteenth Block Party
NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan attended multiple events across New Hampshire in recent days, including the Northeast POW/MIA Network Vigil, Queen City Pride Festival, and Manchester Juneteenth Block Party. At these events, she joined in honoring and celebrating Granite Staters and their contributions to the state.Read More
June 18, 2020
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a group of Senators in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote.Read More
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