Protect rights, oppose anti-transgender Initiative 183

As someone who has lived and worked in Montana for the last 18 years, there are many things I love about this state. Chief among those are a strong sense of community and how we care for our neighbors. The kindness we show to strangers is known throughout the country; just ask anyone who has visited our beautiful state.

It is because of this kindness that I would like to ask you, one Montanan to another, to please oppose Initiative 183.

This initiative has been proposed for the sole purpose of keeping transgender Montanans from being able to use our public spaces such as libraries, parks, even our schools. Transgender individuals do not only exist in the vacuum of politics; they are our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Trans Montanans live and work alongside us every day, and I-183 directly denies them the freedom, dignity, and privacy that the rest of us take for granted.

I hope that you will join me in protecting the rights of all Montanans by opposing I-183. We are too strong, too smart and too kind to allow such a discriminatory and hateful initiative to become law under the Big Sky.

-- Sadie Viergutz, Missoula