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Watch The Trans Rights Ad That's Airing On Fox News During The Republican National Convention

In an exclusive interview, BuzzFeed News spoke with Alaina Kupec, a trans woman from North Carolina who is featured in the 60-second ad targeting anti-trans legislation.

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This Thursday, the day Donald Trump is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, an advertisement criticizing anti-trans laws (such as North Carolina’s HB2) will air on FOX News — placed and paid for by a number of LGBT rights advocacy groups.

The 60-second television ad, released digitally today and first reported in the New York Times, features Alaina Kupec, a transgender woman from North Carolina. Kupec spoke to BuzzFeed News exclusively about why she participated in the campaign.

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The ad is part of a larger public education campaign by Fairness USA, a partnership composed of the Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Equality Ohio Education Fund. The groups intend to highlight the current lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in the United States.

North Carolina's HB2, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender listed on their birth certificate, is only one of several anti-LGBT bills currently at the heart of national controversy.

"It really has been emotionally crushing," Kupec told BuzzFeed News of her personal reaction to North Carolina's legislation. "To live with the specter of HB2 these past several months is so personally disappointing. At their core, laws like this really deny the existence of transgender people."

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After the passing of HB2 in March, Kupec could no longer sit by and watch what was happening in her home state of North Carolina without taking action. She would soon appear in a video put together by the Raleigh Observer depicting what it's like to be living as a trans person under HB2. It was from this video that Kupec was cast to appear in the Fairness USA ad.

Kupec hopes that people who watch the spot on Thursday realize that transgender people are "just regular people."

"The fictional 'man in the dress' is just that. It's a political boogie man used to further a political agenda at the expense of a very fragile community," she said. "That's the saddest part of all of this, the effects of this legislation on trans youth, not only in the U.S., but across the world. It's marginalizing an already marginalized community."

The ad ends with two women coming to Kupec's aid, leading her into the women's restroom safely. An outcome that, according to Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Trans Equality, happens "all too rarely."

"Everyday someone is being harassed or assaulted in a restroom," Keisling said. "We're going to educate people. We want people to understand that trans people are typical people going about their day — sometimes that means you have to use the bathroom. If you can't use the bathroom at work, you can't work. If you can't use the bathroom at school, you can't be a student."

In conjunction with the ad, the National Center for Trans Equality announced the upcoming release of an extensive data report, sourced from a larger survey of transgender people, that the group says will demonstrate how anti-trans laws effect trans people's lives.

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