Alaska said ‘no’ to bathroom bill

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Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, appear to have narrowly defeated a bathroom bill that would dictate transgender people to use bathroom facilities only in correspondence with their birth sex. Proposition 1, which sought to limit locker and bathroom use for transgender people to the gender listed on their birth certificate, was on the ballot because the anti-LGBT Alaska Family Council (AFC) gathered enough signatures. This group tried to oppose marriage equality in Alaska, stood against adding sexuality and gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination law. The AFC did so with the support of national anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, a fundamentalist Christian law firm which strongly opposes discrimination protections for LGBT people and has supported baker Jack Phillips of Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop, who is attempting to undermine a state law which protects LGBT people from discrimination. And this time they chose transgender people as a target. But the people of Alaska decided differently, even though the gap was small (6%). If the vote had passed, it would have given the business owners an opportunity to kick transgender people out of bathrooms and locker rooms. As the Southern Poverty Law Centre has noted, “the current nondiscrimination law being targeted by the Alaska Family Council and its allies entitles people to use bathrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms that are ‘consistent with their gender identity.’”

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