Today, our campaign officially launched our first paid radio ad making the case against Proposition 1 and encouraging the people of Anchorage to keep non-discrimination protections for transgender people on the books:
“Anchorage law protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces. Because treating everyone fairly is who we are as Alaskans. But Prop 1 would take away those protections, putting transgender people at risk for harassment and violence, just for using the restroom. It’s already illegal to enter a restroom to harm someone in Anchorage. All Prop 1 will do is legalize discrimination against transgender people. Vote no on Prop 1.”
It is an exciting time to have this ad released to the public: we are three weeks away from ballots being mailed to voters, and just over a month away from Election Day on April 3rd, when voters will determine the ultimate fate of Proposition 1.
The radio ad follows a series of videos the campaign has released online, spotlighting such individuals and groups as Anchorage Chief of Police Justin Doll, local faith leaders, and women of Anchorage, all speaking out against the dangers of Prop 1.
“Voting for the April 3 municipal election starts soon so it’s more important than ever to reach out to voters earlier so that they understand Prop 1,” said Kati Ward, campaign manager for Fair Anchorage. “Prop 1 will hurt our city and send a message that we aren’t a welcoming place to live, work and raise a family.”
Prop 1, if passed, would remove existing protections against discrimination for transgender people from Anchorage’s non-discrimination ordinance. t would force transgender people to use bathrooms based on their biological sex at birth, and could allow any individual to demand a person to provide a copy of their birth certificate before permitting them access to the bathroom.
But Prop 1 offers no standard for enforcement; Just last week, Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop spoke out forcefully against the measure:
“The enforcement of this policy is not possible. We will not stand guard at our restroom doors. So as we move forward and learn what this brings to us, we are keeping student safety in mind. There is nothing in the budget that moves forward anyone to play the role of law enforcement in the restroom. Prop 1 will hurt students and our city. We need to make sure everyone knows – and particularly kids – that they are welcome and safe in Anchorage.”
Chief Doll is on record as saying, ““I honestly don’t know exactly how we would enforce something like that…that would be something that would be extraordinarily difficult for us to deal with.” In addition, the Chief has also stated that his department does not have the capacity, “to post an officer at every bathroom in Anchorage.”
For the first time, Anchorage’s Municipal Election is 100% vote-by-mail. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on March 13 and secure drop boxes for ballots will open across the city through Election Day on April 3rd.. This Saturday, March 3 is the last day to register to vote for this election; click here to visit our Election Center to learn about registering, how to vote, and to read more detail about how Proposition 1 would negatively impact transgender people.