California Proponents of Anti-Transgender Ballot Initiative Fail to Gather SignaturesBy Adam Polaski • December 22, 2015 • 10:00 am
Last night in California, proponents of a dangerous ballot initiative that targeted transgender Californians failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for a statewide ballot vote, a triumph for the LGBT community and for California as a welcoming, inclusive state. The proposed initiative sought to prohibit transgender people from using facilities in government buildings and require the government to monitor bathroom use.
Clearly, California voters understood the proposed initiative as what it was – an attack on the transgender community that would have done only harm to the state and to its people.
Shortly after the vote, Equality California and the Transgender Law Center announced plans to begin a comprehensive public education campaign about what it means to be transgender.
Freedom for All Americans Executive Director said today:
Californians did the right thing in rejecting this proposed ballot measure, which was nothing short of a blatant attack on transgender people and their basic civil protections. Californians, like a majority of Americans, know that singling out any group of people for harassment and discrimination is wrong. No one should have to live their life in fear of being denied basic services in a public place. Proponents of anti-transgender laws use fear, ignorance, deception, and outright lies to try to roll back equality for LGBT people, and voters rightly refused to give them that opportunity in California. As more Americans grow to know and understand who transgender people are, we will continue seeing similar victories across the country.
Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, announced in a statement yesterday:
“All Californians – no matter their race, age, gender, or sexual orientation – should have the same freedom to support their families and go about their lives without fear of discrimination. This initiative was a poorly veiled attack on transgender people that sought to undermine that freedom and single out for harassment anyone who doesn’t meet stereotypes of what it looks like to be male or female. Today Californians have made clear these types of discriminatory attacks on transgender people and our families, communities, and neighborhoods have no place in our state.”