ANCHORAGE — Today Fair Anchorage announced, based on the most recent numbers released by municipal officials, that Proposition 1, a ballot measure that would have removed nondiscrimination protections for transgender people from Anchorage’s city ordinances, has been defeated. The municipality has yet to officially declare the results, but with the NO campaign leading by 52.7%, and the YES campaign trailing behind by 47.3% with approximately fewer than 10K votes left to count, the campaign has declared it nearly impossible for Proposition 1 to pass.
This makes Anchorage the first American jurisdiction to uphold transgender protections on a standalone ballot measure. This win ensures that Anchorage remains one of more than 250 cities and 18 states across the country with similar protections in place.
“Today Anchorage voters rejected fear and intimidation to affirm that everyone in our city should have the same fundamental dignity and protection under the law,” said Lillian Lennon, field organizer for Fair Anchorage, the campaign to defeat Proposition 1. “As a transgender woman, this victory is deeply personal to me and to so many of us in the transgender community. It means voters saw past misleading tactics by opponents of transgender equality in order to treat people like me fairly. In a world that can be so hostile to transgender people in our daily lives, to know that the city of Anchorage has our backs means everything. I’m grateful to the voters, volunteers, and hard-working supporters of our campaign who worked tirelessly to make this night possible.”
“This groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind victory could never have happened without the hard work and courage of transgender people and their families in Anchorage who shared their experiences and stories of how Prop 1 would impact them,” said Kati Ward, campaign manager of Fair Anchorage. “When we learned last year that Proposition 1 might be on the ballot, we began to create a coalition that our city has never seen before. We brought together a powerful alliance of bipartisan elected officials, businesses, faith leaders, safety advocates, women, educators, and families to send the message that Anchorage values freedom for all. This is a victory not only for transgender people, but for their allies and everyone who is proud to call Anchorage a welcoming place.”
Fair Anchorage has run a robust campaign since spring 2017 that has featured local Anchorage residents who would be directly and negatively affected by repeal of the law, particularly transgender youth and their families. In addition, Anchorage’s leading experts on public safety and women’s privacy, including the executive director of STAR, Anchorage’s leading organization to prevent sexual violence; the Anchorage Education Association; more than 110 local bipartisan community leaders; 50 Anchorage businesses including the Anchorage Chamber, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and Visit Anchorage; and 40 faith leaders and congregations all called on voters to oppose Proposition 1.
More than 250 Fair Anchorage volunteers completed 515 volunteer shifts, knocked on over 2,000 doors, made over 50,000 phone calls, and engaged in over 13,000 direct conversations with Anchorage voters. The campaign garnered nearly 1,200 individual grassroots donors.
Paid for by Fair Anchorage, Anchorage, AK. Joshua Decker, chair, approved this message.
The top three contributors are Freedom For All Americans, Washington, DC; Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, Seattle, WA; and ACLU of Alaska, Anchorage, AK.