Former Republican Alaskan State Senator: “Prop 1 is Harmful and Divisive”

By December 28, 2017Blog Post

It’s hard to believe, but I recently celebrated my 90th birthday. As a former Republican member of the Alaska Senate who represented Anchorage for 14 years, I’ve spent decades immersed in Alaska politics.

Proposition 1 is one of the most divisive, harmful initiatives I’ve seen on the ballot in our beloved city.

Proposition 1 would repeal non-discrimination protections for our transgender neighbors and friends—and send an embarrassing message to the rest of the world that Anchorage is not the welcoming city we all know it to be.

Anchorage is a diverse, modern city with a thriving economy. But how did we get here? Sure, we can point to steady economic development and careful, strategic urban planning.

But for me, the heart of Anchorage’s success has always been bigger than that. It’s about our people—and our willingness to speak up for what’s right and stand up for our neighbors.

“But for me, the heart of Anchorage’s success has always been bigger than that. It’s about our people—and our willingness to speak up for what’s right and stand up for our neighbors.”

That’s why right now, none of us can afford to turn a blind eye to a ballot measure that would roll back years of progress just to make it easier to discriminate against transgender people who call our city home.

This is about the city we love. This is about who we are as Alaskans.

I’m taking a stand against Proposition 1. Will you too?

Arliss Sturgulewski
Alaska State Senator, 1979-1993

 

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