New York City is rising up against other cities across the country and showing that it is standing by the rights of all its residents — no questions asked.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s Commission on Human Rights launched on Monday the country’s first government-led citywide ad campaign voicing support for the right of everyone to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.
The campaign — which kicks off LGBTQ Pride Month — features transgender New Yorkers including Bronx resident Alisha King; and Charlie Solidum, a Brooklyn resident and health care professional.
According to King, who is a full-time mom to 3-year-old Liam, she decided to be part of the campaign because she said she felt bad for the men and women dealing with discrimination when it comes to using the bathroom and she wanted to let them know that they were not alone.
“I personally wanted to let them now that they are not alone in the fight, we are all over the world fighting,” King said.
She added that she thought it was “beautiful” for the city of New York to tell members of the transgender community that it has their backs.
And when asked if she had any advice or comment for the cities that are currently discriminating against transgender people, King said: “We all just want to pee. We’re not looking at you, so why are you looking at us.”
The launch of the citywide campaign comes when other cities and states are continuing to deny transgender and gender non-conforming people the right to use bathroom consistent with their gender identity. Currently, 11 states are suing the U.S. Department of Justice after a letter from the Obama administration directed schools to allow transgender students equal access to bathrooms and locker rooms.