New York City has spent $265,000 of taxpayer money on “Think Past Pink and Blue” transgender bathroom signs. This is the first government-sanctioned and publicly funded advertising campaign of its kind.
The New York City Human Rights Commission transgender bathroom signs urge residents and visitors to “use the restroom consistent with who you are.”
The NYC transgender bathroom ads will be placed in newspapers, on bus shelters, in phone booths, in the subway, and on social media, Fox News reports. The transgender ads will be printed in both English and Spanish, with some of the Think Past Pink and Blue advertisements being printed in Russian, Bengali, Chinese, and Korean in multiple community newspapers.
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“While other cities and states are legislating intolerance and taking away individuals’ right to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, we are proudly standing with our transgender and gender non-confirming New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a media release.
Mayor de Blasio was referencing moves in multiple states to block the creation of transgender restrooms and lockerrooms amid intense public backlash over President Barack Obama’s initiative. Target faced a massive boycott after allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice at stores nationwide.
Opponents of such laws cite safety concerns for their push to ban transgender bathrooms in their respective states. Fears that men, claiming to “identify as women” regardless of their appearance or manner of dress, could go into the ladies’ room and watch, record, or attack little girls and women have often been voiced by those fighting against the inclusive restroom and lockerroom laws.
Reverend Jason McGuire, the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Executive Director, had this to say about the $265,000 Think Past Pink and Blue campaign blitz.
“While I am sensitive to the confusion that some people experience surrounding their gender, I resent the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio and other bathroom bullies are telling our daughters that something is wrong with them when they feel discomfort sharing potentially dangerous situations with older biological males.”
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New York City statutes already allow transgender bathrooms. The $265,000 of taxpayer money spent on the advertising campaign was reportedly approved to promote the right to use the restroom of your choice and not the one compatible with a person’s biological sex.
The NYC Commission on Human Rights embarked on the transgender bathroom campaign after researching “transgender and cisgender” residents, according to a report in the New York Post. Cisgender is a term sometimes used by the LGBT community to reference men and women who “identify with their sex at birth.”
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Republican New York City Council member Joseph Borelli disagrees with the decision to spend taxpayer money on the Think Past Pink and Blue campaign.
“I’m not sure if this is the best use of taxpayer money. However, I guess it is fair to warn people that there may be men in the women’s restroom in the future,” Borelli said.
Earlier this month, a transgender restrooms public service announcement in New York City was also released. The ad featured the cast of Kinky Boots, a Broadway musical. The PSA showcased Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper singing a song titled “Just Pee Where You Wanna Pee.”
What do you think about the New York City transgender bathroom Think Past Pink and Blue ads and the use of $265,000 of taxpayer money being spent on the campaign?
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