Letter to the White House

Hello Mr. President and Madam Vice President,

Thank you for everything you do to serve our country, and make life better for all of us. I’m writing to you today to ask for your attention and consideration to the rising problem of cyberbullying and harassment.

I was recently the victim of targeted harassment on the internet because I am transgender. This cyberbullying happened on several websites and social media. I sent cease-and-desist orders, reported the harassment and copyright violation for sharing my pictures to the social media sites, and I reported the harassment and copyright violations to the website registrars. However, none of them acted to remove the offending material. I’m disabled and can’t even afford an attorney to fight for me. I live in Indiana, which has very little protections for LGBTQ people, let alone people in general, when it comes to cyberbullying. The harassment and defamation I have received has the potential to cause people to target me with violence, as has become common in this divisive time in our country. I’m scared for my life.

I write to ask for your White House to take on this issue when developing policy, and advocate for national laws that protect people from online cyberbullying. There should be stronger laws that require websites, social media, and registrars to remove offending content, when it’s sole purpose it to bully and harass others.

I thank you for your attention to this matter, and for everything you do for this nation.

Cali Miller