Anchorage Couple Shares Their Love Story, and Why Prop 1 is “Absurd”

By February 14, 2018Voices

For Valentine’s Day, we at Fair Anchorage wanted to share the love story of a couple for whom transgender equality is essential, and which allows them to explain why they support our Vote No on Prop 1 campaign.

Meet Danny and Liz. Their story didn’t start out in a conventional way—Liz actually saw Danny on the news talking about transgender life in Alaska.

Photo Courtesy Jenny Irene Miller, c. 2018

“My passion for educating my community on important issues brought us together and continues to be a driving force in our relationship. Our viewpoint in life is that we have been blessed, despite hardships, and we want every person to feel valued and respected, which is why we dedicate so much time and effort to various causes.”

They’ve been inseparable since that first meeting. They love going out and doing things together, including a weekly date night devoted to quality time. Though sometimes being transgender makes that difficult for Danny, because of the discrimination he has faced.

“Many of our adventures have led us to discover a deeper love for each other as an individual, including our weaknesses and fears—which for me includes using public restrooms. There have been times that we have driven well out of our way just so I could use a familiar restroom.”

“Many of our adventures have led us to discover a deeper love for each other as an individual, including our weaknesses and fears—which for me includes using public restrooms. There have been times that we have driven well out of our way just so I could use a familiar restroom.”

Danny says that he has been assaulted and harassed frequently in women’s restrooms—which he’s was sometimes forced to use even though his gender identity is male, and he looks like a man. Now, he uses the men’s restroom uneventfully, though he fears that will change if Prop 1 passes, and he’s forced into the women’s room.

“Now, as a man, I mostly get to go in and do my business without harassment, and with the blessing to walk out unharmed. If Prop 1 passes, I will no longer have that privilege and will once again be faced with physical, mental, and emotional harm.”

In fact, if Prop 1 passes it would force both of them to carry around their original birth certificate, severely impacting the places they could go and things they could do together.

“Prop 1 is unethical, unenforceable, discriminatory, unfair, impractical, and overall, just absurd.”