A new attack ad against transgender women is being aired in Houston, but in true-to-deplorable-form, it doesn’t exactly go after trans women. That would be too honest.
Instead, the 30-second radio spot opts for fear rhetoric and lies. As if you needed to ask, the group running the ad is headed by an antigay Republican named Jared Woodfill, a 47-year old attorney and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Harris County, Texas. How original.
He and his group, the ‘Campaign For Houston,’ are trying to get ‘no’ votes for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which voters will vote on in November.
The message is essentially, “Dirty, perverted men are coming to infiltrate Houston’s female bathrooms, showers and locker rooms! Mother to mother, sister to sister, Fox News viewer to Fox News viewer — we CANNOT allow this to happen.”
That’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much.
“No men in women’s bathrooms,” the ad actually begins. “This ordinance will allow men to freely go into women’s bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. That is filthy, that is disgusting, and that is unsafe,” the woman says. She also claims to represent “all moms, sisters, and daughters.”
“Nothing in the equal rights ordinance changes the fact that it is – and always will be – illegal to enter a restroom to harm or harass other people,” Houston Unites told the Houston Chronicle. “And the ad leaves out the fact that the law protects tens of thousands of Houstonians from job discrimination based their race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.”
Listen to the filthy, disgusting ad below: