By Paul Jenkins
Voters in Anchorage’s first-ever mail-in balloting are being asked, among other things, to change municipal code that provides anti-discrimination protection for transsexuals based on their professed “gender identity.” It should, of course, be “sex identity,” but that ship apparently has sailed.
Proposition 1 on the April 3 ballot is only the most recent iteration of a long, loud, bitterly fought battle to add or deny discrimination protections for transgender people in “the sale or rental of real property, financing practices, employment practices, public accommodations, educational institutions, and practices of the municipality.”
The lengthy proposition does not mention sexual orientation. In the most general sense, it calls for biological guys to use guys’ restrooms and facilities and biological girls and women to use restrooms and facilities designated for them. That does not sit well with some, who dismiss Proposition 1 proponents as ignorant rubes and religious
zealots. Not everybody agrees.