Last month, I wrote about how the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) had set up a campaign page that aimed to put discrimination against transgender people in bathrooms to a statewide vote. Today, it's official. The Family Policy Institute's "Just Want Privacy" campaign has filed for a statewide ballot initiative.
The Just Want Privacy initiative itself is registered to Joseph Backholm, the director of FPIW. The same day that South Dakota's Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would have forced transgender kids—students—to use bathrooms inconsistent with their gender identities, Backholm tweeted that he was "super disappointed" in Daugaard's decision.
Just Want Privacy has until July 8 to obtain the 246,372 signatures it needs for a ballot initiative reversing the state Human Rights Commission's ruling that protects transgender people in bathrooms. Acquiring all those signatures is not an easy task at this late stage. But even if Just Want Privacy doesn't make it onto the November ballot, the campaign itself has the ability to put trans people in danger.