A coalition of LBGTQ rights groups will be debuting a commercial on Fox News criticising the country’s anti-transgender laws during next week’s Republican National Convention where Donald Trump will accept the Republican nomination.
The minute-long ad featuring Alaina Kupec, a transgender woman from North Carolina, depicts a situation where she’s dining at a restaurant and got stopped by one of the employees when she needed to use the women’s bathroom.
Banning transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity is legal in 32 states in America.
The groundbreaking ad seeks to highlight how the lack of state and federal anti-discrimination protections for transgender people can disrupt their day-to-day lives and cause unnecessary trauma.
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The ad is created by the Movement Advancement Project, which is part of the FairnessUSA joint project.
Other LGBT rights groups that are participating in the project include the Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Equality Ohio Education Fund, the Equality Federation Institute, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
‘We are concerned that this is happening without most people really understanding who transgender people are,’ Ineke Mushovic, the executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, told the New York Times. ‘Most people have never met someone who’s transgender, so their heads are filled with all sorts of stereotypes.’
Catch the ad on Fox News on 21 July during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
The ad will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia the week after.
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