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Trans Fear-Mongering Ad Launched Against Anti-Discrimination Law


In reaction to Gainesville, Florida's anti-discrimination ordinance, which, among other things, allows the city's transgender citizens to choose which restroom they want to use, conservatives have launched a fear-mongering campaign which equates transgender people to child predators.

The AP reports:

"Those who support the transgender protections say their opponents are really unleashing a broader attack on the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals in general. The city commission approved the restroom provision by a 4-3 vote a year ago. Before the ink could dry, Bible-quoting opponents angrily began working for its repeal. 'You are trying to operate in a realm you do not have the authority to operate in,' one pastor, George Brantley, told the commissioners. The debate is expected to become noisier as the ballot nears with opponents resorting to more TV ads and campaigns pegged to such slogans as 'Keep Men out of Women's Restrooms and vice versa.' ... Since the ordinance took effect, police have reported no problems in public restrooms stemming from the law."

Conservatives hope to repeal the anti-discrimination law with a March 24 ballot measure.

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Classic right-wing tactic: prey on mass ignorance and imply (without any basis in reality and without the remotest understanding of trans issues) that any step towards LGBT equality is really a step towards child molestation. Like a non-trans dude couldn't already walk into the wrong restroom if he wanted to molest a child.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 12, 2009 10:00:19 AM

  2. Straights can molest children in their own homes, they are more likely to be pedophiles than gays, this ad fails to mention that.

    Posted by: Ty | Jan 12, 2009 10:38:06 AM

  3. male female bathrooms are archaic.

    They should be adult bathrooms (unisex)....and separate children bathroom

    Any male willing to rape a female in the first place is not going to be stopped by a female only sign on the door.

    Separate the ages not the sexes.

    The question is do I really support such a position or am just tossing out something to cause debate. Hmmmmmmmmm


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jan 12, 2009 12:01:03 PM

  4. Ty

    They always forget to mention that FBI profile on pedophiles is

    majority = white, straight, friend or family member

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jan 12, 2009 12:03:34 PM

  5. A nasty, yet effective ad. It will certainly work, and the law will be repealed by voters.

    Posted by: Javier | Jan 12, 2009 12:12:21 PM

  6. Yeah, and if that's an FTM transman, he's very convincing. He would certainly NOT be using the women's bathroom. Idiots.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jan 12, 2009 1:24:03 PM

  7. I didn't even have to watch that commercial to know what it would contain. Textbook right-wing distortions and indignant hate. "What about the children???"

    Such crap.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 12, 2009 2:22:09 PM

  8. Conservative Christians scare me! They are Americas Taliban.

    Posted by: Roseanne | Mar 24, 2009 10:16:02 AM

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