According to the FBI, Alaska reported a single instance of alleged hate crime against a person who identified as transgender in 2020. Despite the fact that hate crime against Alaskans who identify as trans is nearly non-existent, the openly gay members of the Anchorage Assembly want to formally proclaim a citywide “Transgender Day of Remembrance.”
A resolution to this effect was submitted by Assembly members Christopher Constant, Felix Rivera and Austin Quinn-Davidson, all of whom identify aggressively work to advance the LGBTQ political agenda. The resolution is on the Nov. 23 Assembly agenda.
The purported aim of the resolution is to honor “the memory of transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-trans violence.” According to the resolution, the remembrance day is also about raising awareness of the alleged prejudice and discrimination that transgender people face in their daily lives. It claims that nationwide 43 transgender people were murdered in 2021.
Critics say the declarations are intended to advance acceptance of the notion that men can become women and vice versa simply by proclaiming it so.
The resolution asserts that violence against trans black, indigenous and Latina women of color is a “rapidly escalating systemic and societal issue.”
In addition to dealing with violence, however, the resolution urges society to address homelessness, unemployment and health care barriers among those who identify as transgender. It concludes by stating, “we recognize and honor the bravery and resilience of Anchorage’s transgender and gender expansive community; our family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who live, work, and play in Anchorage as their authentic selves.”
Proclamations about transgender days are not without controversy. Critics say these official declarations are intended to advance societal acceptance of the ultimately harmful notion that men can become women and vice versa simply by proclaiming it so.
President Joe Biden was a case in point. His Nov. 20 proclamation called for greater interventions across federal agencies to “advance equality for transgender people.”
He also took a veiled swipe at states with laws that protect faith-based organizations from having to promote LGBTQ sexual ideologies, as well as states that forbid powerful cross-sex hormones and surgeries for minors, most of whom eventually identify with their biological sex as they grow up.
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“I continue to call on state leaders and lawmakers to combat the disturbing proliferation of discriminatory state legislation targeting transgender people, especially transgender children,” Biden stated. “As I have said before, these bills are nothing more than bullying disguised as legislation, they are un-American, and they endanger the safety and well-being of our children. I also continue to urge the Senate to swiftly pass the Equality Act so that all people are able to live free from fear and discrimination.”
The Equality Act has already passed in the U.S. House, and President Biden says it is one of his top domestic priorities. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, it would change the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “gender identity and sexual orientation” among legally recognized “non-discrimination” classifications.
This would entail forcing religious employers and Christian schools to hire LGBTQ staff, pressuring churches to abandon or downplay Biblical teaching on human sexuality, allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports, punishing faith-based charities for upholding core religious beliefs about marriage, mandating that women’s shelters allow biological males to access female bathrooms and showers, banning religious adoption groups from refusing to place children with same-sex couples and forcing doctors to perform gender-reassignment surgeries and issue cross-sex hormones.
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