Transgender canvassers battle 'bathroom bill' door-to-door
Just days before the end of Anchorage's first-ever vote-by-mail election, opponents of Anchorage's proposed "bathroom bill" are knocking on doors to talk about an issue that's close to their hearts.
KTVA walked with one group of canvassers Saturday who hoped to start conversations on how Prop 1 would affect their lives.
More than 30 transgender people and their parents with Fair Anchorage canvassed neighborhoods across the city to share their opposition to Prop 1. The measure would require people in municipal-owned buildings to use "intimate facilities" like bathrooms and locker rooms which correspond to their birth genders.
The last-minute canvass, before Election Day on Tuesday, coincides with International Transgender Day of Visibility — a day focused on elevating the experiences and contributions of transgender people in their communities.
Andrea Redeker, a transgender woman, spent the morning knocking on doors and talking to residents hoping to make a difference in this election.
"I'm terrified of what this does -- this proposition puts my life in danger," Redeker said. "This would require me to go into a bathroom that matches what was on my birth certificate; that is clearly not what I am."
Redeker says there have been many good conversations on this topic, but there are many Anchorage residents who don't fully understand what Prop 1 does.
According to Yes on Prop 1's website, they feel the proposition is needed because "Women shouldn't have to dress in front of men in a locker room. Men shouldn't have to undress in front of of women."
Prop 1 backer Kim Minnery, with Alaska Family Action, has emphasized that homeowners and businesses won't be affected by Prop 1. She said the measure is necessary because the city's equal-rights ordinance has “made the mandate to open up your bathrooms and your locker rooms.”
KTVA reached out Saturday to Alaska Family Action to ask about its final election push, but hadn't heard back by Saturday afternoon.
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