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INBA Outreach President testifies in Olympia for transgender bathroom access

Betsy White, President of INBA Outreach, took a trip to Olympia to voice her opposition to SB 6443. Betsy spoke about the effect that this bill would have on her 8-year-old transgendered daughter, saying, “At the heart of all of this, it’s about safety. Both our side and the other side are looking for safety in public accommodations.”

See the full video from KXLY.

SB 6443 is one of three bills currently in Washington state congress, among many others nationwide, seeking to overturn existing LGBTQ equality laws. Specifically, this bill is a response to a mandate  by the Human Rights Commission made in December referencing legislation from 2006. The existing legislation already allows for transgender bathroom access. The new bills including SB 6443 and HB 2589 seek to amend or remove the decade-old protections for transgender individuals.

Betsy White is working with Washington’s LGBTQ community and allies, and Washington Safety & Access for Everyone Alliance (SAFE).Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 1.36.37 PM

From their website, “The Washington Safety & Access For Everyone Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals across Washington state who have joined together to defend longstanding anti-discrimination laws, especially for the transgender community. All Washingtonians deserve to have safety and privacy. Safety means safety for everyone, including transgender people.”

To get involved, and to make your voice heard, call or email your state legislators and demand they preserve our state’s anti-discrimination laws by opposing SB 6443 and HB 2589. Call the Washington State Legislature Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and use Find your Legislator to email your state legislator (or use these lists: Representatives HERE and Senators HERE)

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