Just Want Privacy, the anti-trans group that wanted to make the state vote on trans people's civil rights, did not get enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. David Ammons, communications director for the Secretary of State, confirmed that Just Want Privacy has canceled their scheduled 9 a.m. signature delivery appointment tomorrow.
Trans rights activists won in Washington State. They did it. Fear and hatred won't win, not this time.
"Washingtonians have sent a clear message—we won’t discriminate,” Danni Askini, executive director of the Gender Justice League, said in an e-mailed statement. “Voters didn’t buy the pitch that repealing our state’s non-discrimination protections for transgender people would somehow make us safer. Washingtonians value fairness and equality and we believe that everyone in our state should be able to earn a living, frequent a business, earn an education, and raise a family free from the fear of discrimination.”
Trans friends, we love you!
UPDATE: Just Want Privacy says that they will not give up on attempting to repeal the Human Rights Commission's rule on trans rights. A statement e-mailed to the campaign's supporters is excerpted below.
Just Want Privacy will not give up the fight to protect the state's girls and women and is considering all of its options for repealing the "Open Locker Room" rule. The current law is grotesquely dangerous and in need of dramatic revision. We should have this issue on our minds when we vote this November because a more thoughtful legislature could solve this problem without the challenges of putting an issue on the ballot. But even if another initiative is necessary, Just Want Privacy and its allies will not give up the fight to reverse this dangerous rule.
We will continue to collect signatures up until the last possible minute tomorrow, and, should enough of them come flooding into our mailbox tomorrow, you had best believe we will bring each and every one of them into the Secretary of State’s office until 4:59pm. Anything is possible, and every last signature counts because it represents another Washingtonian who has been invited to the conversation and is now ready to stand with us.
And stand we must until Washington will no longer discriminate against its women and children and until ALL people have a say about the laws that govern them. May that day come quickly- maybe even tomorrow night.