The ACLU of Arkansas today spoke out against House Bill 1986, which would make it a crime for transgender Arkansans to use sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity.

ACLU of Arkansas Executive Director Rita Sklar: “Forcing transgender people to use the wrong restroom – one that does not match their gender identity – won’t make anyone safer. In fact, it will make transgender Arkansans even more vulnerable to violence and self-harm. We urge the legislature to focus on policies that will move Arkansas forward, and stop targeting vulnerable transgender people who have done nothing wrong but be themselves.”

In addition to HB 1986, there are numerous other cruel and discriminatory bills still under consideration in the Legislature:

  • SB 774 bans transgender people, including students, from using the restroom at any government building or school;
  • HB 1628 lets health care providers deny LGBT people health care;
  • HB 1894 forbids transgender people from changing their birth certificates to match their true gender; and
  • HB 2232 creates a license to discriminate by letting businesses turn LGBT people away.

The ACLU champions transgender people’s right to be themselves. We’re fighting discrimination in employment, housing, and public places, including restrooms. We’re working to make sure trans people get the health care they need and we're challenging obstacles to changing the gender marker on identification documents and obtaining legal name changes. We’re fighting to protect the rights and safety of transgender people in prison, jail, and detention facilities as well as the right of trans and gender nonconforming students to be treated with respect at school. Finally, we’re working to secure the rights of transgender parents.