I know what it’s like to have your privacy completely taken away.
As a teenager, my parents refused to accept me, so they sent me to a residential treatment center where I was was forced to share facilities with grown men, who harassed and bullied me in an in an attempt to “change” me from the transgender girl I knew myself to be.
It was terrifying, and of course, I didn’t change. I did eventually get away—but the fear I felt comes rushing back when I think about Proposition 1.
The bullying and harassment I faced as a teen would be rampant in Anchorage if Proposition 1 passes and local nondiscrimination protections for transgender people are repealed. We can’t let that happen. That’s why I’m supporting No On Prop 1. My safety depends on it.
Those teenage years were a scary time in my life, but I persevered, and now I’m a diligent activist as well as a college freshman at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, thanks to the acceptance I’ve found in my community.
“The bullying and harassment I faced as a teen would be rampant in Anchorage if Proposition 1 passes and local nondiscrimination protections for transgender people are repealed.” —Lillian Lennon, University of Alaska-Anchorage
Part of the reason I’ve felt so welcomed and accepted is knowing that the people of Anchorage have said, clearly, that discriminating against transgender people like me is not OK, and will not be tolerated in our city.
But if Proposition 1 passes on April 3rd, everything would change. Because then, discriminating against me would be OK—in the eyes of Anchorage law.