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Ad Opposing Anchorage LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Warns of 'Transvestite' Child Care Workers: VIDEO


As weve mentioned several times in recent weeks, Anchorage is set to vote on April 5 on an anti-discrimination ordinance that LGBT advocates have been working to pass for 35 years, and opponents are ramping up their action against it.

An opposition group has begun running an offensive anti-gay and transphobic ad to convince voters to reject it.

The Anchorage Daily News reports:

In the 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 Prop. 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."

That imagery is an "offensive, stigmatizing and distorted" representation of a transgender person, said Trevor Storrs, a spokesman for the One Anchorage campaign.

One Anchorage held a press conference today asking opponents to remove it.

MinneryAlaska Family Council President Jim Minnery, who is behind the ad, defended it:

"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.

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Free speech is one thing. Outright lies and distortion are another. This ad is the same as shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre when there is none. Hate on the other hand is hate. Fight back. Bash the bigots!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 28, 2012 10:43:17 AM

  2. We only have 30 seconds to be as hateful and upsetting to lgbt people as possible, so we found a way to do this in a cartoon...

    Posted by: MKisNE | Mar 28, 2012 10:53:25 AM

  3. That was horrible. What about Mrs. Doubt fire ? Anyway why do the christianist always stoop to the lowest like this. It is always "what about the children scare tactics". Perhaps the gay community should show them as crazy voice hearing family planning center bombers ?? As a person of faith myself such alarmist propaganda seems to violate the commandment not to lie... Let alone love thy neighbor.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Mar 28, 2012 10:54:38 AM

  4. That's an oddly familiar animation style.. I'm wondering if that is a semi famous animator? I don't know who would be famous in Alaska, but still I know I've seen that style before.

    Posted by: MKisNE | Mar 28, 2012 10:55:12 AM

  5. With some of those families in Anchorage, for instance the Palins, a transvestite would probably give the children better care and love than their biological parents.

    Posted by: Dale | Mar 28, 2012 11:25:39 AM

  6. First, there's the fear-mongering about the "scary" transexual. Second, it's the fear that such a person wants to work with toddlers (evoking the erroneous notion that such a person would be a child molester). Third, there's the fear of losing business. Underlying this is the terror of having to "explain" such an employee to the kids. Then, it's the "heavy hand of government fines or prison." Then, ironically, there's the claim that Anchorage is already "tolerant" enough. Have we had our daily serving of bigotry?

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Mar 28, 2012 12:24:18 PM

  7. This approach is not a surprise. Ever since the Prop 8 campaign in California (and actually going back even further), the opponents of equal rights have used protecting children as their main line of defense. They never challenge the merits of the law because they know that's a losing battle for them. Instead, they play on the fear of pedophilia and call up the body's natural disgust response. Our side has to find a way to counter this. The recent shift from an emphasis on civil rights to an emphasis on our families is the first step in this new strategy. It was probably part of the recent success in New Hampshire where a Republican legislature (!) decided not to repeal the state's marriage equality law. But never be surprised when our opponents hide behind children because it's a fear tactic that, unfortunately, works on the uninformed which is too many of those registered to vote. Besides, voting is an emotional, not rational, process for most people.

    Posted by: barryearle | Mar 28, 2012 1:45:29 PM

  8. Why is this surprising? Ever since many gay groups allowed themselves to be taken over and ruled by the trans lobby, they have had to deal with a whole extra set of complicated issues dealing with transsexualism, instead of concentrating on fighting for gay rights.

    Posted by: Notkony | Mar 28, 2012 3:12:23 PM

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

    Umm, because cross-dressing, and trans-gender are two, totally different issues!? This only illustrates how utterly ignorant this man is..

    Posted by: theotherlee | Mar 28, 2012 4:58:43 PM

  10. How stupid. Anyone who would rank the 7 billion people on the planet in order of "First choice to babysit my kids" and not put Eddie Izzard within spitting distance of #1 is a damned fool.

    @NOTKONY: The Transgendered suffer the exact same bigotry and oppression that we do. Their struggle is not separate from ours. Shame on you.

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 29, 2012 5:32:43 AM

  11. Flagged the video. I suggest you do, too.

    Posted by: Ryan Thompson | Mar 29, 2012 4:27:10 PM

  12. I as a trans woman messaged Jim Minnery on facebook just a few minutes ago. I can't wait to see what he says take the fight to the bigots I say LOL.

    Posted by: Makayla James | Mar 29, 2012 7:54:10 PM

  13. If the daycare lady is forced to hire a black person she will lose business! How will they explain to the kids his dark skin? If you let black people enter white locker rooms at a gym the white people will leave and he will lose business.

    Bigotry is so constant. Just because she has a man's face she must be a pervert. Just because his skin is black he must be violent and criminal. Just because he's gay he must be a child molester. Won't somebody think of the children!

    Posted by: Verna Smith | Apr 15, 2012 6:20:45 AM

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