July 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Transgender rights ad to air during GOP convention
(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Alaina Kupec in Fairness USA ad. Screenshot via YouTube)

A transgender rights ad from Fairness USA, an organization that advocates for transgender equality, will air on Fox News during the last night of the GOP Convention on Thursday, July 21.

In the ad titled “Restaurant,” Alaina Kupec, a transgender woman from North Carolina, goes to a restaurant with friends. When Kupec tries to use the women’s restroom she faces opposition from the restaurant’s manager and other patrons. The ad has already been released on YouTube.

“Transgender people desperately need laws that protect us from being unfairly fired from our jobs, kicked out of our homes, and denied access to public bathrooms, just because of who we are,” Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in a statement. “Our newly released survey data shows that 59 percent of transgender people avoided bathrooms in the last year out of fear of harassment. A shocking one in ten (12%) transgender people reported being harassed, attacked, or sexually assaulted in a bathroom, and one-third avoided drinking or eating so that they did not need to use the restroom. Eight percent have had medical problems like urinary or kidney infections from avoiding the restroom.”

Fairness USA will also air “Restaurant” on MSNBC on the final night of the Democratic Convention on Thursday, July 28.

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