HRC condemns transphobic ad in Minneapolis paperAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Monday, September 29th, 2014
Yesterday the largest newspaper in Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune, ran an ad placed by the anti-LGBT organization Minnesota Child Protection League. The ad was placed in an attempt to influence the Minnesota High School League’s upcoming ruling on whether to allow transgender athletes to play on teams according to their identified gender, a policy that would comply with the Department of Education’s recent ruling that the gender discrimination addressed by Title IX applies to transgender students.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) called the ad “shameful.” The organization condemned the ad writing on its Web site, “The fear-mongering ad, which asks, “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU ok with that?” is designed to play on dangerous, discriminatory and false beliefs. Moreover, the ad fails to recognize the fact that transgender and gender-nonconforming youth are targeted for bullying, harassment, and violence at levels that are significantly higher than their non-transgender peers.
“Transgender youth, just like other youth, deserve full access to all of the opportunities school provides, including extracurricular activities like athletics. And the extension of this inclusive policy puts absolutely no child in harm’s way. In fact, it would do just the opposite.
“HRC condemns the Minnesota Child Protection League’s transphobia, and encourages the passage of policies that comply with Title IX and affirm and support transgender youth. Please contact the Minnesota High School League to express your support of the transgender-inclusive policy.”
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