Look – some good news for LGBTQ folks!
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law legislation that will expand LGBTQ protections under the New Mexico Human Rights Act and remove the requirement that name changes be published in a newspaper.
New Mexico Gov. signs two bills related to LGBTQ rights legislation @ILoveGayPolitic …Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Friday that she signed House Bill 31 the "Name Change Modernization Act", and House Bill 207 the "Human Rights Act Expansion."https://t.co/bjWyVDivDQ
— #ILoveGay Albuquerque (@ILoveGayABQ) March 25, 2023
From the Albuquerque Journal:
Supporters of the two bills say they will strengthen LGBTQ rights by updating requirements that prohibit discrimination against protected classes and allowing people to more easily change their name to match their gender identity.
House Bill 207 — jointly sponsored by five Democratic legislators — adds gender to the list of protected classes in the Human Rights Act and revises some definitions.
It prohibits school districts, government agencies and public contractors from discriminating on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, among other categories, when providing services.
House Bill 31 eliminates a newspaper publication requirement for people petitioning the court to change their name, which many trans people do upon transitioning.
“People seeking name changes are often doing so for reasons of personal safety or so they can live authentically as themselves,” said Rep. Christine Chandler, a co-sponsor of HB 31.
Obviously, this will be a big help to transgender people as part of their transition.
We're so glad to say that #HB31 and #HB207 -passed by #nmleg – is officially signed into law by @GovMLG! We will continue to love, affirm, and protect all #LGBTQ people here!#EQNM30th pic.twitter.com/3eUx5LLlvC
— Equality New Mexico (@equalitynm) March 25, 2023
Supporters say two bills signed by the governor Friday will strengthen LGBTQ rights in New Mexico https://t.co/p2XZ65mPLk #nmleg #nmpol
— Dan McKay (@mckaydan) March 24, 2023