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FPIW FYI

Friends,

Yesterday afternoon, the Just Want Privacy Campaign announced its formation and intention to run a ballot initiative that will roll back the Human Rights Commission's open-bathroom rule.  

Just Wnat Privacy final trans.pngJoseph Backholm, chairman of the Campaign, explained that the public is very uncomfortable with the new rule. 

"Our polling indicates that more than two-thirds of Washingtonians oppose this rule.  The public is particularly uncomfortable with the idea that their children would be forced to share locker room facilities with people of the opposite gender in school."

But he said the first step is ensuring they have the ability to be successful. 

"A successful initiative campaign is an incredibly difficult task.  That is why, before we file an initiative, we need to raise $100,000 and identify 1,000 volunteers who will help gather signatures.  This is truly a case of the people versus the special interests, so we need a lot of people to become part of this effort."

Angela Connelly, President of the Washington Women's Network, and spokesperson for Just Want Privacy, said that overturning the open bathroom rule is a women's rights issue. 

"We stand completely against the HRC mandate which puts women and girls at risk for sexual assault and opens the door, literally, to those who want to abuse.  Every human person has the human right to privacy and safety."

Kaeley Triller Haver, a survivor of sexual abuse, noted that the new bathroom rule is already being used by men to gain access to places they have no right to be.

"For those of us who are survivors of sexual assault, locker room environments are traumatic enough already.  But the law should not protect the right for someone with male anatomy to undress next to me.   We must fix this rule." 

With this effort, Washington joins several other states in a quest to protect the privacy and safety of women and children. Just last week, lawmakers in South Dakota passed a law prohibiting this sort of rule from ever being enacted in their state.  While the bill passed the legislature, South Dakota Governor Doug Daugaard is being pressured by LGBT-advocacy groups to veto it.  Rules similar to Washington's have now been introduced in Anchorage, Alaska, and Charlotte, North Carolina, among others.

Despite the media and many legislators' willful ignorance of the concerns of the people, we are confident that compassion and common-sense will prevail through a successful ballot initiative in November.

You can help the Just Want Privacy Campaign identify 1,000 volunteers and raise $100,000 to launch this campaign at www.JustWantPrivacy.org. 

Then encourage your friends to do the same by sharing this on social media. Click here for the Just Want Privacy Campaign's Facebook page, and Twitter account.

267,000 valid signatures must be turned in by July 8th or else the public's voice on this issue cannot and will not be heard.

If you have any questions about the campaign, you can call the Campaign HQ at (425) 409-8186.

Standing for Safety and Privacy,

Family Policy Institute of Washington

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