HB 609, The Montana Locker Room Privacy Act, would lead to a 2018 referendum on banning transgender people from school and public restrooms or locker rooms that do not match the gender assigned at birth.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on this bill today but hasn’t voted yet. The committee members need to hear from constituents urging them to OPPOSE this blatantly discriminatory bill.
This is the same committee that killed HB 417, the bill that would have extended non-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. It will be an uphill battle, but don’t let that stop you! If passed, this bill will not go to the Governor’s desk for likely veto so we have to beat it in the Legislature.
If you’re feeling social and live in Missoula, Bozeman, or Helena, you can attend an HB 609 phone bank. There will be events in all three cities on Tuesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 30 from 5-7:30.
Bozeman: 105 W Main Street, contact Kiah with any questions
Missoula: 136 E Broadway, contact Kiah with any questions
Helena: Location TBD, contact Garrett for location and any questions
- Priority Republicans:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chair)
- Rep.Seth.Berglee@mt.gov (Vice Chair)
- Other Republicans:
- Democrats (lowest priority):
Sample Script: “My name is (insert name), and I’m writing to ask you to reject HB 609, the Montana Locker Room Privacy Act. HB 609 singles out an already vulnerable population – a group that struggles with an alarmingly high number of suicide attempts (46% of non-gender conforming individuals vs. 4.6% of the general population) – at a time when we, as Montanans, are struggling to address the state’s excessive suicide rate. Numerous studies show that the high incidence of suicide attempts among transgendered individuals is symptomatic of the rejection, discrimination, violence, and harassment endured by this population. The legislature should be consistent in its effort to combat our state’s high rate of suicide!
Additionally, HB 609 opens up local governments and their school districts to the risk of extensive (and expensive) litigation. Government entities and schools will have the incredible expense of regulating their locker rooms, restrooms, and other accommodations. We have seen how other states have lost revenue because of similar bills; Montana does not want, or need, to be thrust into that spotlight! Please, stand up for the privacy, inclusivity and fiscal responsibility that we value as Montanans and vote NO on this bill!
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