In today from Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Last week, NCTE and our partners at Fairness USA launched a major public education campaign to raise awareness of the discrimination and need for protections for trans people across the U.S. The campaign features a television ad depicting the mistreatment and harassment that many trans people face when using a public restroom.
NCTE’s newly released survey data shows that 59% of trans people avoided bathrooms in the last year because they were afraid of problems like being confronted and 31% avoided eating and drinking so they didn’t have to. And, even more appalling, one in 10 of the trans people who did use a public restroom reported that they were harassed, attacked, or sexually assaulted.
We hope this ad will open some eyes and hopefully change some hearts and minds too. It debuts tonight on Fox News during the Republican National Convention and will air on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention next week.
Share it with your networks. Start a conversation about it with your friends and family. Tell people how it feels as a trans person—or a family member or friend of a trans person—to be discriminated against, harassed, or excluded from restrooms or any other area of life. This ad only shows one person’s story. Add yours.
Thank you for all that you do,
National Center for Transgender Equality
P.S. Please know that I too worry now about using the women’s room. Sometimes, when other women look at me there, I feel like I know what they are thinking—that I don’t belong. Thankfully, I’m rarely challenged by anyone. However, every time I have to use a public restroom, which includes every day I’m at work, I worry. I think about what I am wearing, how I look, and hope that I will just be left alone.