Alaska could be passing an anti-trans bathroom legislation
The next fight for transgender rights will take place in Alaska as plans to pass anti-trans bathroom legislation are underway.
The state’s capital city of Anchorage is debating an anti-transgender toilet ballot initiative in their next municipal election, where voters will cost their ballot on a mail postal vote.
The bill will seek to limit both locker and bathroom use for transgender people to the gender listed on their birth certificate.
“We’ll be able to have this community discussion,” said the president of Alaska Family Action.
“I think it’s healthy, think it needs to be done.”
If the vote passes, private business owners will also have the ability to kick transgender people out of bathrooms and locker rooms.
“Like so many other places in this country, we are seeing a backlash,” Kati Ward, campaign manager for the LGBT advocacy group Fair Anchorage to The Daily Beast.
According to the publication, 30 percent of transgender people live in poverty in the state, which means that they will have little choice to challenge the bill.
In the 2015 transgender survey, half of the transgender Alaskans living in the stomping ground of Sarah Palin said that they “avoided using a public restroom in the past year because they were afraid of confrontations or other problems they might experience.”