Last week, Kelly Herron was in Golden Gardens Park in Seattle training for a marathon when she stopped for a quick restroom break. As she was finishing up, a man emerged from a stall and attacked her.
Kelly put up a fight, and successfully defended herself against the attacker, at one point yelling “not today, motherf*cker!”
But that wasn’t the end of her ordeal. Days later, opponents of equality started using her face, name and horrific story to fundraise for I-1552, the ballot initiative that would repeal the law that has protected transgender Washingtonians from discrimination for more than 11 years.
Herron was angry that her violent attack would be exploited to raise money for an initiative that deliberately targets and harms transgender people—including some of her friends. So she fought back, again.
“To the people behind I-1552, I say ‘not today, motherf*ckers.’ I refuse to allow anyone to use me and my horrific sexual assault to cause harm and discrimination to others. And I refuse to stand by as this same group pushes the repeal of Washington’s long-standing laws protecting my transgender friends. If they think they can use my experience to raise money for I-1552, then we have to raise twice as much.” –Kelly Herron, assault survivor
Herron has formally called for the I-1552 campaign to stop using her ordeal to promote their cruel agenda. She’s also joining Washington Won’t Discriminate to fundraise for our Decline to Sign I-1552 campaign.
Using Kelly’s story to promote I-1552 is pure propaganda. I-1552 would not have done one thing to prevent the attack on her, and it’s already illegal to enter a restroom or locker room to harm someone, period.
I-1552’s backers claim they want to protect women and children from attack, but the real reason they would exploit her painful story of surviving a sexual assault is so they could use fear-mongering to repeal Washington’s decade-old protections against discrimination for transgender people.
It’s disgusting that the I-1552 campaign would take advantage of sexual assault survivors in their shameful efforts to single out transgender Washingtonians for discrimination. You can join Kelly in fighting against this kind of fear-mongering by chipping in $8 to Washington Won’t Discriminate.