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Political ad claims daycare centers would be forced to hire ‘transvestites’

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A new advertisement by opponents of a proposed ordinance to extend anti-discrimination legal protections to gay and transgender people in Anchorage is being called offensive and misleading by stating that day care centers would be forced to hire “transvestites” or face jail time.

The measure, Proposition 5, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative, and goes before voters on April 3.

Trevor Storrs, a spokesman for One Anchorage, an advocacy group that supports the ordinance, said his organization is demanding that opponents pull the insulting anti-transgender commercial.

In the opponents’ ad, a cartoon “transvestite” who wants to work at a day care is drawn as a man with a jutting jaw and body hair, wearing a short pink dress, red high heels and lipstick. If Proposition 5 passes, the narrator of the ad says, “it will be illegal for Carol to refuse a job to a transvestite who wants to work with toddlers.”

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That imagery is an “offensive, stigmatizing and distorted” representation of a transgender person, said Storrs. Transgender people are twice as likely as the general population to be assaulted, he said, and the imagery in the ad “is definitely fanning the flames of fear that can lead to hate and violence.”

The Anchorage News Tribune reported that Jim Minnery, a leader of the “Protect Your Rights – Vote No On Prop. 5″ campaign, which produced the commercial, said the ad points out that because “transgender” isn’t defined in the ordinance, a scenario like the one portrayed in the commercial could play out under the law.

“I think it’s a shocking flaw in Prop. 5 and shows profound disrespect to voters that the authors didn’t feel it was important to provide a definition of transgender identity,” Minnery said.

He defended his group’s free speech rights and said the cartoon caricature was meant to grab attention. “You kind of have to cut to the chase; you have 30 seconds,” he said.

Since the law doesn’t define transgender, why couldn’t it include a cross-dressing man, Minnery asked.

Minnery said that without a clear definition of transgender, someone who considers himself to be a different gender could require a business to accommodate him.

He added that the proposed non-discrimination ordinance threatens religious freedom.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. Umm…???

    And then a magical unicorn will trample everyone…yeah ok. Crazies.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:50pm
  2. Yeah, I understand there’s this huge backlog of Alaskan transvestites just waiting for the green light to take over the day care industry up there…lock up your daughters, people!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:27pm
  3. theyre really trying to muddy the waters w/transgender transvestite distinction but its only assumption that we r unintelligent n knock us down; using fear tactics which amount to nothing more than abusive strategies such as intimidation/manipulation to parents w/small children, insulting our intelligence/kicking us when we’re down; the truth is that they wouldnt be able to tell a transgender if they hired one n dammit no ones gonna pull the wool over their closed eyes

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:49pm
  4. Dont understand………transvestites working in daycare centers…….whats the problem!

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:45am