Communities Leaders Against Proposition 1
[The law] makes me feel more comfortable, no doubt about that. There’s no going back. I just don't think [opponents] are going to be successful in retracting these inclusive policies.
As people of color, we have too often been at the receiving end of policies that take seemingly routine matters—finding a restroom, using public transportation, securing housing, being pulled over in a traffic stop—and use them to systematically oppress people who look like us. Incredibly, we are still fighting battles on this front that were faced by our parents and grandparents. Make no mistake, Prop. 1 is an initiative that seeks to discriminate.
It’s discrimination to target a vulnerable minority and treat them differently under the law because of who they are. That’s why I oppose Proposition 1 in Anchorage: Because it discriminates against our transgender neighbors, family and friends.
The people who imply in 2017 that transgender individuals are lying in wait to assault you and your children in the "wrong" restroom are taking a page from the playbook of those who once argued that public swimming pools must be segregated in order to protect white women from the lustful urges of black men, or that drinking fountains must be separate in order to protect thirsty white people from rampant disease spread by African-Americans.
Discrimination is discrimination—period. And in Anchorage, we've already decided that discrimination has no place in our city or our laws. That's why I can't stand by quietly as backers of Proposition 1 single out our transgender neighbors, family and friends by working to eliminate any and all protections they have under municipal law. As a Latino, small business owner, and a proud resident of our great city, I say NO to Proposition 1.