Today, our campaign to defend transgender non-discrimination protections in Anchorage launched a new ad.
In the ad, Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll explains to the Anchorage Assembly that his department has many priorities in terms of keeping the city safe, and having police officers somehow be “bathroom enforcers” is least among them. In fact, he states:
“I don’t think APD has the capacity to staff bathrooms with police officers for checking ID…I mean, it’s hard to say that with a straight face.”
But that’s exactly what Proposition 1 would force upon local law enforcement—by requiring everyone to show their birth certificates when doing something as simple as using a municipal restroom.
Chief Doll’s message has been consistent from the beginning — there is simply no way to enforce Prop 1 — and posting police officers at bathrooms to check birth certificates takes away from the job they should be doing, which is preventing actual crime across Anchorage. As Anchorage grapples with an increase in crime, the last thing we need is our police department diverting their focus to monitoring restrooms.
The truth of the matter is this — non-discrimination protections for transgender people have been on the books for two years, without incident. Anchorage, like the 18 states and over 200 cities with similar laws, has not seen any uptick in public safety incidents, even though our opponents say Prop 1 is a public safety issue. It’s already illegal to enter a restroom to harm or harass someone in Anchorage.