Outfoxed: Transgender bathroom ad tops Trump


When Donald Trump makes his keynote speech at the Republican convention, he’ll have accompaniment certain to make many of his supporters uptight.

And here it is, via :via the Movement Advancement Project:

‘Restaurant’: TV Ad Depicts Harms Faced by Transgender People in Public Restrooms

Program notes:

This groundbreaking new ad depicts the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public restrooms—and highlights the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people. The ad will have its national TV debut on FOX News Channel next Thursday, July 21, during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. It will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia one week later.

FairnessUSA is a joint project of the Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, the Movement Advancement Project (which created the ad), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Equality Ohio Education Fund, with support from the Equality Federation Institute, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Find out more at http://FairnessUSA.org

The story from the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

The national debate over transgender bathroom laws will make its way to the living rooms of Fox News viewers who watch the Republican National Convention next week.

The ad features Alaina Kupec, a transgender woman from North Carolina, a state with a controversial law mandating people use the bathroom corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender with which they identify. It argues that such policies can expose transgender people to harassment and violence during such a routine task.

“It can be hard to understand what it means to be transgender, especially if you’ve never met a transgender person,” Kupec says in the ad. “In most states, our laws don’t protect transgender people from discrimination in public places or when it comes to using the restroom, something we all need to do every day.”

The 60-second spot will air during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday, July 21, and again during the Democratic National Convention a week later on MSNBC. The ad was paid for by a coalition of groups supporting LGBT rights.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has changed his position on transgender bathroom rights, stating initially that people should be able to make their own decisions about what restroom to use, but then said last week he was “going with the state” when it came to North Carolina’s law restricting transgender bathroom use.

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