Viewers tuning in to watch Donald Trump speak at the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Fox News next week will be shown an ad depicting the challenges faced by transgender people in accessing public bathrooms.
TV ad space during the event, in which presumptive Republican nominee Trump is poised to accept his GOP presidential nomination, has been snapped up by FairnessUSA – a collection of activists from groups including the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Movement Advancement Project and the Equality Federation Institute.
Called ‘Restaurant’, the spot stars Alaina Kupec, a transgender woman from North Carolina, who is shown trying to use a women’s restroom while explaining in a voiceover that the laws in most states don’t protect transgender people from discrimination in public places.
The ad will debut on Fox on Thursday 21 July during the final night of the convention and will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia one week later.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), told Mashable that FairnessUSA chose to launch the ad on Fox News because is it a "really just a great place to have a conversation with America — particularly the part of America that we've had the most challenging time reaching".
The spot lands amid growing public debate in the US over transgender discrimination in public spaces, prompted by North Carolina’s controversial legislation which forces transgender people to use restrooms associated with their birth certificate.
Trump himself has been vague on the issue compared to other former Republican candidates like Ted Cruz, telling Today back in April that transgender people should be able use the "bathroom they feel is appropriate."