An open letter to Rep. Gutierrez, Rep. Mathis, Sen. Sundareshan.
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An Open Letter

To: Rep. Gutierrez, Rep. Mathis, Sen. Sundareshan

From: A constituent in Tucson, AZ

May 31

This proposed legislation attempts to restrict access to bathroom facilities based on gender identity, which raises significant concerns about safety, discrimination, and human rights violations. Such measures have been shown to increase the risk of harassment and violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as create confusing and potentially dangerous situations for cisgender people who may be perceived as not conforming to gender norms. Major medical associations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have repeatedly affirmed that allowing transgender people to access restrooms matching their gender identity poses no inherent threat to public safety. In fact, these "bathroom bills" often end up enabling harassment and invasions of privacy. This bill disregards widely accepted medical consensus and fails to adequately consider the real harm it could inflict on some of society's most vulnerable members. I urge you to oppose this discriminatory legislation that compromises basic human dignity and undermines public safety, rather than enhancing it. Instead, efforts should focus on ensuring all people can access public facilities safely and free from discrimination.

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