New York city already has a law that permits transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, but the city has launched an advertising blitz anyway. The price tag to New York taxpayers: $265,000.
Ads featuring transgender models urging people to “Look past pink and blue,” will be displayed in subway cars, bus shelters, phone booths and local newspapers, as well as digital ads and social media promotions, and will be printed in multiple languages.
“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 statement.
The press release from the city explained that individuals have the right to use any restroom, regardless of the sex they were “assigned” at birth.
One of the transgenders featured in the ads, Alisha King, a “full-time mom” was quoted in the press release as saying, “Bathroom discrimination is a regular occurrence for the transgender community. So much so that many of us avoid even using public restrooms to begin with.”
“I’m not sure if this is the best use of taxpayer money,” Joseph Borelli, Republican city councilman, told FoxNews.com. “However, I guess it is fair to warn people that there may be men in the women’s restroom in the future.”
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