VICTORY! Anchorage Alaska rejects anti-transgender ballot measure

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, issued the following statement in celebration of voters in the city of Anchorage, Alaska rejecting Proposition 1, a sweeping anti-transgender ballot measure which aimed to overturn the trans-inclusive portions of the city’s 2015 nondiscrimination ordinance and require trans people to use public restrooms that correspond to their original birth certificate.

“Anchorage’s transgender community worked tirelessly with the city’s faith and business leaders and local and national organizers, to build a powerful coalition of love and support, and to combat the fearmongering tactics of anti-LGBTQ activists to defeat this dangerous anti-trans ballot measure,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Proposition 1 was exposed as a clear attack on transgender people and unequivocally rejected by voters who put their love of their neighbors and the safety of their entire community above hate.”

The powerful defeat of Proposition 1 in Anchorage helps lay the groundwork and provide a blueprint to combat the growing trend of anti-transgender ballot measures popping up across the county. The state of Massachusetts will face the first-ever statewide ballot initiative on transgender rights, which will appear on the November 2018 ballot. There is also a looming anti-trans ballot measure in Montana, where signatures are currently being collected to place the Initiative 183 on the state’s Election Day 2018 ballot.