FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Debbie Carlsen
July 7, 2016 Executive Director, LGBTQ Allyship
Flush hate out of our state: Make restrooms safe for all
LGBTQ Activists Deliver 1,000 Decline to Sign I-1515 Postcards to
Joseph Backholm & Just Want Privacy Campaign
What: LGBTQ Allyship activists will deliver over 1000 signed postcards from community members who oppose I-1515, a statewide ballot initiative effort to repeal Washington’s Law Against Discrimination which includes transgender bathroom protections. LGBTQ Allyship will demand Joseph Backholm and the Just Want Privacy campaign to “Flush hate out of our state: Make restrooms safe for all!”
Activists will fill a sparkly rainbow toilet bowl full of trans justice postcards at Just Want Privacy’s office door while a delegation delivers a message to Mr. Backholm that highlights I-1515’s disproportionate impact on trans and gender non-conforming people of color and low-income trans & gender non-conforming people. Hate does not belong in our state!
Who: LGBTQ Allyship staff, board members, and volunteers
When: 10:30am on Thursday, July 7, 2016
Where: Just Want Privacy Campaign Headquarters, 16108 Ash Way, Suite 113, Lynnwood, WA 98087
Visuals: Signs that say Flush hate out of our state: Make restrooms safe for all, sparkly rainbow freedom toilet, 1,000 Decline to Sign I-1515 postcards being flushed down a sparkly rainbow bowl by LGBTQ activists at Just Want Privacy’s office door.
Just Want Privacy Campaign filed initiative 1515, an anti-transgender bathroom policy that would repeal sections, pertaining to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, of the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination bill passed in 2006 protecting the civil rights of LGBTQ Washingtonians. Initiative 1515 would prohibit transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from using restrooms in public, at work and at school that match the gender they live daily. The Just Want Privacy campaign, associated with the Family Policy Institute of Washington State, must collect 225,000 signatures to get it on the November ballot. The cut-off date for signature gathering is July 8th.
LGBTQ Allyship is a social and economic organization in the Puget Sound area. We work on access to affordable health care and housing, economic justice, and eliminating youth homelessness in the LGBTQ community through education, advocacy, research and community organizing. For more information, please visit allyship.org.