The “I Pee With LGBT” Campaign Fights the Texas Bathroom Bill

The “I Pee With LGBT” Campaign Fights the Texas Bathroom Bill

"Taking a Seat, Making a Stand"

"Taking a Seat, Making a Stand"

Text: Jake Viswanath

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has teamed up with famed movie director Richard Linklater and nonprofit organization Legacy Community Health to fight what has been deemed the “Texas Privacy Bill.” Today, they launch the “I Pee With LGBT” campaign, calling attention to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s discriminatory proposed bathroom bill (officially titled Senate Bill 6), which would restrict transgender people from using the bathroom of their gender identity in the state of Texas.

Linklater takes cues from his realist films and uses actual transgender citizens and LGBTQ advocates alike for the first campaign video, entitled “Taking a Seat, Making a Stand,” which points out the absolute ridiculousness of the bill and what’s at stake if it passes. A schoolteacher advocates that we need to spend money to keep kids in school, not out of bathrooms, while a Texan cowboy with a deep Southern drawl says the bill shouldn’t pass “because we damn sure ain’t going to end up like North Carolina.”

The cowboy is, of course, referring to HB2 in North Carolina, which caused a major backlash and a significant amount of major events to be canceled in protest once the bill passed. The campaign follows organizations like the NFL and NBA threatening to overlook Texas for major events in the future should the bill pass. And speaking as a forced Texan throughout high school, Texas would be nothing without its sports.

The ad ends with an important statement: “This isn’t a privacy issue. It’s a discrimination issue.” This subverts the supposed intention of SB6 and calls it out for what the bill truly represents. To join the campaign, speak out of social media using hashtags #StopSB6 and #IPEEWITHLGBT. And don’t be afraid of cheesy hashtags ruining the aesthetic of your timeline — it's for a good cause, after all.

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