The ACLU of Texas, nonprofit Legacy Community Health, and director Richard Linklater want you to “take a seat” and “make a stand” to stop the “Texas Privacy Bill.”
In a new advertisement, LGBTQ advocates are criticizing Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s controversial transgender bathroom bill (Senate Bill 6), which would limit public restroom access for transgender people because it doesn’t allow individuals to use the bathroom they choose.
“You’ve got to roll up your sleeves. Pull down your pants. And pee with LGBT,” the ad says.
Entitled “Taking a Seat, Making a Stand,” the ad was created by GSD&M and five-time Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater as a means of encouraging “Texans to reach out to their state legislators to oppose S.B. 6,” according to AdAge.
Accompanying the ad is the social media campaign that stresses the “I Pee With LGBT” slogan and the hashtags #IPEEWITHLGBT and #StopBS6.
The ad uses humor to balance out the severity of what the bill is calling for, including a woman saying that money should be spent to keep kids in school, not out of bathrooms and then shouting at kids to not run in the hallway.
Other sequences feature a man in a suit on his phone saying that SB6 “threatens Texas businesses” and another in a cowboy hat saying the bill can’t pass “because we damn sure ain’t going to end up like North Carolina.”
The ad ends with the text: “This isn’t a privacy issue. It’s a discrimination issue.”
It comes on the heels of the NBA warning to Texas that they could be overlooked for future events because of the bill.
The bill was referred to Senate State Affairs at the end of January, but a hearing date for the bill has not yet been set.
If you’re interested in supporting the cause, you can visit http://www.ipeewithlgbt.org/ for more information and snag a t-shirt or tote.