A group that wants mandate same-sex bathrooms in Anchorage said it’s gathered the necessary signatures to get the issue on the April ballot, although the city clerk must still approve them. Supporters dropped off what they said was close to 85-hundred signatures at the Municipal Clerk’s office Thursday morning.


Supporters dropped off what they said was close to 85-hundred signatures at the Municipal Clerk’s office Thursday morning.


The Protect Our Privacy Initiative would amend the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance to require bathrooms, locker rooms and other changing facilities within municipal buildings be limited to persons of the same-sex. It would also allow private employers to designate their facilities as same-sex if they chose to.


Supporters define same sex as, what you were assigned at birth, and say the initiative is a way to protect privacy and public safety. But a group that gathered at City Hall later in the day to protest the initiative said it discriminates against transgendered people. Assemblyman Felix Rivera was among those protesting. He said, in his view, the initiative is simply wrong.


“I want to be really clear about what this is an attempt to do,’ said Rivera. “This is an attempt, through public policy for an entire group of people, to erase them from public life. It’s frankly disgusting, it’s immoral and it’s not what we as Anchorage citizens, as Alaska residents stand for.”


Rivera said he planned to continue to educate Anchorage residents about what feels the initiative stands for.


He said if it makes the April ballot, he doesn’t think it will pass.


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