LGBTQ+ Business Climate Score

Out Leadership’s Business Climate Index for the 50 United States is an assessment of states’ performance on LGBTQ+ inclusion. It measures the impact government policies and prevalent attitudes have on the LGBTQ+ people residing in each state, quantifying the economic imperatives for inclusion and the costs of discrimination. It equips business leaders and policymakers with a clear sense of the most impactful steps states can take to make themselves more hospitable to forward-thinking, innovative, inclusive businesses.


out of a possible 100 points

Legal & Nondiscrimination Protection

Gender affirmation surgery is required to change the gender markers on a birth certificate. It’s not required for driver’s licenses, but applicants must show up to apply in person. The state has comprehensive nondiscrimination laws inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.

14 / 20
Youth & Family Support

Conversion therapy for minors is forbidden. Same-sex couples can theoretically adopt on the same terms as opposite-sex ones, but there are no laws preventing agencies from discriminating against LGBTQ+ people in the adoption process. Youths in foster care are protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but not gender identity.

18.33 / 20
Political & Religious Attitudes

The state does not have a religious exemption law. Its two U.S. Senators have long histories of publicly supporting LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. The Governor has signed legislation supportive of the LGBTQ+ community but consistently declines to speak out in favor of equality.

18 / 20
Health Access & Safety

The state’s hate crimes law covers sexual orientation and gender identity. State employee insurance covers transgender-related healthcare. HIV isn’t specifically criminalized but it has successfully been prosecuted via the state’s general criminal laws.*

18 / 20
Work Environment & Employment

11% of transgender employees in New Hampshire reported being harassed in the past year due to their gender identity, and 21% report mistreatment such as having someone at work share private information about their gender. 29% of LGBTQ+ individuals in New Hampshire reported food insecurity, more than double the rate for non-LGBTQ+ people (13%). Up to 28% of LGBTQ+ individuals in New Hampshire reported making less than $24,000 per year. 7% of LGBTQ+ individuals report unemployment in New Hampshire, nearly double the rate for non-LGBTQ+ people (4%).

10 / 20
A Note on Methodology

Download this report to learn how and why Out Leadership created the LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index for the 50 U.S. States, with important details about our methodology, including our data standards and practices. NOTE: *HIV criminalization laws are discriminatory and ineffective. These laws fail to account for advances made in treating and controlling HIV, may deter people from getting tested and seeking treatment, and can exacerbate the stigma targeting people living with HIV and LGBTQ+ people.

Our Methodology
Talking Points
  • 4.7% of New Hampshire residents identify as LGBTQ+. Conservatively, that’s LGBTQ+ personal income of $3.9 billion – it’s a market my business can’t afford to ignore.
  • When LGBTQ+ employees don’t feel welcome at work, they’re less likely to stay, and employee turnover is a drag on the state economy and business competitiveness. It costs companies an average of $10,208 to replace an employee in New Hampshire, and it can cost up to $383,932 to replace senior executives. New Hampshire and the businesses operating there have strong financial incentives to create inclusive workplaces in the interest of keeping these costs down.
  • New Hampshire’s comprehensive nondiscrimination law protects LGBTQ+ people, so the state is already experiencing the positive economic impacts of such policies. One estimate suggests that the state’s economy may have grown 3%, or $2.5 billion, thanks to its inclusive approach. That said, there’s still a gap between policy and culture, and organizations in New Hampshire have a business imperative to ensure that LGBTQ+ people feel welcome in their workplaces.
  • New Hampshire has a favorable economic environment for business investment – but taking steps to make LGBTQ+ people feel safer and more included would better enable companies to attract top LGBTQ+ talent.
  • Millennial and Gen Z consumers prefer to do business with companies with LGBTQ+ friendly advertising and policies – 54% say they’re more likely to choose an LGBTQ+ inclusive brand over a competitor – which is why it’s important that New Hampshire continue to foster a business environment where being inclusive is supported.
Impact of LGBTQ+ Discrimination on Business and Talent
  • 1
    No Risk
  • 2
    Low Risk
  • 3
    Moderate Risk
  • 4
    Notable Risk
  • 5
    High Risk

For more context around these scores, and to learn more about the criteria we used to assess how state laws, actions and attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people create business and talent risks, please visit

  • 1
    No Risk
Companies incur no brand risk by doing business in New Hampshire, which has comprehensive laws protecting LGBTQ+ people and a correspondingly great reputation.
  • 2
    Low Risk
There is low risk of LGBTQ+ or strong ally clients pulling their business from companies operating in New Hampshire in light of the state’s business climate and reputation.
  • 1
    No Risk
New Hampshire has strong legal protections for LGBTQ+ people, making working there attractive to LGBTQ+ professionals.
  • 1
    No Risk
There is no risk involved in marketing to the LGBTQ+ community in New Hampshire.
  • 1
    No Risk
The state has comprehensive nondiscrimination protections in place and there seems to be low appetite to pursue discriminatory legislation, albeit with a recent uptick. We currently see no risk of a future negative event.
Socio-cultural Environment of LGBTQ+ People:

Status of LGBTQ+ Organizing and Community

In 2019, New Hampshire held 6 full-on Pride events (Concord Pride, Portsmouth Pride, Nashua Pride, White Mountain Pride in Conway, Rural Pride in Claremont, Rochester Pride) and an additional LGBTQ+ event that effectively was also a pride event (The Queen City Pride Block Party in Manchester).

The state also has a yearly Trans Equality Rally in Manchester during the month of July.

Cultural Views of the LGBTQ+ Community

61% of New Hampshire residents oppose allowing religious exemptions for small business owners to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.

75% of New Hampshire residents favor laws that protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.