Target: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
Goal: Don’t pass discriminatory bathroom bill in Oklahoma.
Transgender students in Oklahoma schools would be forbidden from using the correct bathroom if recent legislative efforts are successful. A new proposal, known as Senate Bill 1619, would grant religious accommodations to students who do not wish to share showers and restrooms with transgender students, forcing them to use the gender listed on their birth certificate instead of the one they identify as.
As seen in North Carolina where nearly identical legislation was passed, this measure is more about persecuting and discriminating against transgender people than it is about protecting those who feel uncomfortable. John Bennett, an Oklahoma senator and author of the resolution, referred to recent efforts to accommodate transgender students as “biblically wrong,” further suggesting that Senate Bill 1619 is influenced by outdated beliefs and a willful ignorance of the separation of church and state.
At a time when the LGBTQ community has won a series of legal battles, this bill would be a drastic step backwards. Urge the Oklahoma governor to use all his resources to snuff out this discriminatory measure.
Dear Mrs. Fallin,
I am writing to call your attention to Senate Bill 1619, a new proposal in your state senate that would force students to use the gender listed on their birth certificate instead of the one they identify as. Under the guise of religious accommodations, this bill is in reality yet another attempt to discriminate against transgender students.
North Carolina recently passed a nearly identical piece of legislation, and the fallout has been extreme and instantaneous. The state’s reputation has been shredded and businesses are leaving on a regular basis, causing the state to lose billions of dollars in revenue. I urge you to please do everything in your power to strike down this discriminatory measure.
[Your Name Here]
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