Letter: Making history in New Hampshire

Published: 12/9/2020 12:01:26 AM

Something historic happened in New Hampshire this year. A third openly transgender candidate was elected to the state House of Representatives. With all the news-making election events happening around the country, the election of Stacie-Marie Laughton to the N.H. House, Hillsborough District 31, was missed by many LGBTQ organizations and the media.

Stacie-Marie may be familiar to many of you. In 2012, she was the first out transgender elected official in New Hampshire and is believed to be the first out transgender person elected to a state legislature anywhere in the United States. Stacie-Marie rescinded her election before taking the oath of office back then due to legal issues that she has since resolved.

In 2019 Stacie-Marie ran for the office of selectman in Nashua. She won that election and last year ran for a state representative position again. She won one of the three District 31 seats. Last week Stacie-Marie took the oath of office and finally became one of New Hampshire’s 400 state representatives.

Rep. Laughton takes seat alongside Reps. Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon. This makes New Hampshire the first state to have three openly transgender legislators sitting in the State House.




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