Wednesday, February 17, 2016

FPIW News Update (Repeal Dudes in the Ladies room Insanity)


Today, a campaign committee called Just Want Privacyannounced its formation and intention to run an initiative that will roll back the Human Rights Commission's open-bathroom rule.  

Joseph 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, 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." 

You can help Just Want Privacy identify 1,000 volunteers and raise $100,000to launch this campaign at

Then encourage your friends to do the same by sharing this on social media and visiting the Just Want Privacy Campaign's Facebook page

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 office at (425) 409-8186.

Standing for Safety and Privacy,

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