Transgender Bathroom Ad to Air During Republican National Convention

North Carolina Clashes With U.S. Over New Public Restroom Law
The "We Are Not This" slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use.Sara D. Davis / Getty Images
By Brooke Sopelsa

A new ad depicting the discrimination transgender people face when accessing public restrooms will make its national debut on Fox News during the Republican National Convention - the same night Donald Trump is expected to accept the party's nomination. A week after its July 21 debut, the 60-second spot will air on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention.

“This ad cuts through the political rhetoric and simply asks people to consider the serious challenges and discrimination faced by transgender people - discrimination that is still legal in most states,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, which developed the ad. “Most Americans want to do the right thing, but they have never met a transgender person, so they have misconceptions.”

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Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, one of the groups that helped pay for the ad, echoed Mushovic’s sentiments.

“Transgender people desperately need laws that protect us from being unfairly fired from our jobs, kicked out of our homes, and denied access to public bathrooms, just because of who we are," she said.

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A new survey released by the National Center for Transgender Equality found nearly 60 percent of transgender people avoided public restrooms in the past year out of fear of harassment, and 12 percent reported being harassed, attacked or sexually assaulted in a bathroom.

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