National TV ad to educate on transgender discrimination


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A national television ad during the Republican National Convention will aim to educate viewers about discrimination against transgender people.

A coalition of LGBT advocacy groups called Fairness USA will air the 60-second ad on Fox News Channel on July 21, the final night of the convention.

Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, says the ad buy cost around $270,000 and includes a subsequent airing on Fox Business. The group also plans an airing on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention.

The ad depicts a transgender woman denied access to a bathroom by a restaurant worker.

It comes amid legal fights in several federal courts over transgender rights. The legal battles involving multiple states and the federal government were stoked by a North Carolina law limiting protections for LGBT people.

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