Fairness USA, a coalition of LGBT rights organizations, are throwing anti-transgender discrimination right where it belongs: down the toilet. While the right wing’s opposition has played on fears of seeing transgender people in public restrooms, Fairness USA is putting an ad on national television that faces those fears head on, starting with FOX New’s coverage of the Republican National Convention this next Thursday.
Ineke Mushovic — Executive Director of Fairness USA’s member organization, the LGBT Movement Advancement Project (MAP) — told Unicorn Booty that in their conversations with people across the country, they found that it is possible to “help educate the public
In the ad, a transgender woman eats with friends, but when she gets up to use the appropriate restroom, she is prevented from entering and expresses her fears of going into the wrong restroom. A moment later, friendly strangers come to her aid.
Mushovic says that although people are struggling about the issue, most Americans really want to do the right thing. “When they hear from and see
According to The New York Times, the woman in the ad is played by a North Carolina transgender woman. North Carolina has, of course, been the site of an ongoing and particularly heated anti-transgender battle, following the passage of one of the most obnoxious anti-transgender laws ever.
The ad is important because, as Mara Keisling — Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), another organization in the Fairness USA group — notes, “59 percent of transgender
Matt McTighe of Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) told Unicorn Booty, “We are working with
FFAA is the year-old national organization tasked with building the campaign to achieve full equality for LGBT Americans. Along with MAP, NCTE, and FFAA, the Equality Ohio Education Fund rounds out the principle Fairness USA coalition, in partnership with a host of other national and state organizations.
McTighe and Mushovic said that in addition to airing the ad on FOX during the
McTighe said, “The hope is that people who’ve never really considered
The curious and fear-mongers alike can see the ad at www.FairnessUSA.org.