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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
April 21, 2014
Nation’s Capital Pushing for Transgender Bathrooms
American Family Association Says Catering to LGBTQ Demands Strains Business Owners

 Businesses may have to make more adjustments for the LGBTQ community, as those with single-stall bathrooms in Washington, D.C., will soon be subject to fines if their bathroom design and signage doesn’t accommodate the transgendered community. 

A regulation, issued by the D.C. Office of Human rights and prohibiting single-occupancy public restrooms from being labeled as gender-specific, has been on the books in the nation’s capital since 2006, but now marks the first time the rule is seriously being enforced. According to the Washington Business Journal, “Public places that do not change their signs will now be slapped with a Class 3 civil infraction, possibly resulting in a $500 fine.” 

“The recently enforced fines for businesses that might have single restrooms are putting yet another strain on American business owners so the LGBTQ community can feel validated,” said American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon. “Time after time, special rules apply to the LGBTQ community, but the equality for everyone seems to end there, as it’s obvious that no thought has been given to the male and female customers of these businesses who prefer the privacy of a restroom specific to their gender. Yet, politicians and unelected bureaucrats continue to cater to the ever-increasing demands of the LGBTQ community, either complicit in or fully oblivious to their efforts to curb everyone else’s freedoms in order to force endorsement of their lifestyle.”  

The District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights (OHR) is getting others in on the act by asking D.C. residents and visitors to tweet the business name to the office if they see a public bathroom with one stall that is not gender-neutral. Then, OHR can force the issue. 

OHR advocated for the change after a study found “transgender people experienced significant problems with public bathroom facilities.”   

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.   

 


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