Stop Transphobic Ballot Initiative

gender neutral bathroom

Target: Karen England of the Privacy for All coalition

Goal: Don’t ban transgender and nonbinary people from using bathrooms consistent with their genders.

Trans and gender-nonconforming people in California could soon be forced to use bathrooms that do not match their gender identities if a proposed ballot initiative introduced by the ironically-named Privacy for All coalition makes it into the state’s next election. This puts countless innocent people at risk of harassment and violence. Demand that this ballot initiative be abandoned at once.

California is relatively unique as a state because it already has progressive laws on the books ensuring transgender students’ rights to use all facilities and participate in all activities that are in accordance with their gender identity. Not everyone agrees with these protections, however.

The Privacy for All coalition, an affiliation of anti-LGBT organizations, is collecting the signatures needed to include a so-called Personal Privacy Protection Act in the 2016 state election. This act would make it illegal for people to use gendered facilities in government buildings that are not consistent with their “biological sex”—including those in public schools and universities—and would allow people to file lawsuits against trans individuals who they “catch” using the wrong facility for at least $4,000 in damages.

Privacy for All is clearly less concerned about the privacy of everyone than it is about perpetuating discrimination and hate against trans and nonbinary people. Sign the petition below to demand that Privacy for All rescind this ballot initiative from consideration so that it never has the chance to hurt this marginalized community.


Dear Executive Director England,

I am writing you today regarding the Privacy for All coalition’s introduction of the Personal Privacy Protection Act ballot initiative. This proposal is outdated and profoundly misguided.

It is ironic that your initiative is ostensibly about protecting the privacy of Californians when its enforcement would necessitate unconscionable violations of the privacy of transgender and nonbinary people. How else would one be able to “catch” gender-conforming people in the “wrong” bathroom except by forcing them to show their government identification, their birth certificate, or their genitals before entering, or while they are already in, the bathroom? It should not have to be pointed out to you that such practices would be profoundly humiliating and legitimately dehumanizing.

Trans people already face unbelievable amounts of harassment and violence because of who they are—this proposal does nothing but perpetuate that. I demand that Privacy For All rescind this hateful ballot initiative from signature collection so that it can never even be given the chance of becoming law.


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