An ad talking about the struggles for transgender people has gone viral before the commercial is set to appear on Fox News during the Republican National Convention and again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention, according to PR Newswire.
The ad was created by the Movement Advancement Project and funded by Fairness USA, a partnership of the Human Rights Campaign and many others. The 60-second commercial already has over 500,000 views and depicts the challenges transgender people face in using public restrooms.
The ad features a transgender woman from North Carolina, where HB2 passed earlier this year. HB2 makes it illegal for transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings that match the gender they live every day.
The commercial comes at a time where Republicans are divided on LGBT rights. Donald Trump has offered varying opinions on the issue of transgender rights, but stated that HB2 has caused “a lot of problems” and that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” adding that this policy has worked well for years.
However, Trump recently flip-flopped and said that he supports HB2.
The transgender population has received much more media attention in the past couple of years as Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Award for courage at the ESPYs in 2015. In response to North Carolina’s HB2 law, President Obama ordered all U.S. public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
So far, no prominent member of the transgender community has publicly commented on the advertisement.