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Proponents of Proposition 1, an Anchorage initiative to regulate restrooms, locker rooms and other "intimate facilities" by sex at birth, say a recent discrimination complaint against a downtown shelter for homeless women shows why the measure is necessary.
It's the latest in an ongoing campaign to persuade voters that legal protections for transgender residents in Anchorage's non-discrimination law create safety problems. In this case, questions about what happened at the shelter and how the law applies remain to be answered.
Formerly known as the Downtown Soup Kitchen, the Hope Center is a faith-based nonprofit that offers showers and meals to the homeless, as well as an overnight shelter for homeless women. In 2015, with the Brother Francis Shelter at capacity, the agency opened an overflow night shelter for homeless women. There's a big room with mats where up to 50 homeless women sleep every night. The shelter also serves the women dinner and breakfast.
Whether Coyle would meet the city's legal definition for transgender protections was not immediately clear. The law requires the person to prove, through medical history and evidence of care or treatment of their gender identity, that their gender identity is "sincerely held, core to a person's gender-related self identity, and not being asserted for an improper purpose." The Equal Rights Commission typically takes months to investigate complaints.
Clarkson said allowing a "biological man" into the shelter would traumatize and create safety risks for the women who stay there.
Leaders of Anchorage's other two emergency women's shelters say transgender people have used the facilities for years without problems.
Clarkson said Coyle had regularly used showers and meal services during the daytime hours without incident.
Voter registration records indicate a person named Timothy Coyle registered as a Republican in April 2016 and listed their sex as "female." There were no voter or Alaska court records for a Samantha Coyle.
Coyle came to the Hope Center one evening in late January after being ejected from the nearby Brother Francis Shelter for fighting, according to Clarkson. Clarkson said Coyle was clearly intoxicated and was barred from entering the shelter, which is a sober facility. The shelter gave Coyle money for a cab ride to the emergency room for treatment of injuries from a fight, Clarkson said.
Predator who claimed to be transgender declared dangerous offender:
He noted the Montreal man, 37, attacked four vulnerable females between the ages of five and 53 in Montreal and Toronto over the past 12 years.
“He has demonstrated from the age of 12 until the present an inability to control his sexual impulses,” said McMahon.
Hambrook served four years in prison for sexually abusing a five-year-old girl and while on bail for that crime, raping a 27-year-old intellectually-challenged woman in Montreal.
The prosecution asserted Hambrook, a former stripper and escort from Quebec, simply cannot control his deviant sexual urges and that locking him up indefinitely is the best way to protect the public.
Hambrook pleaded guilty in February 2013 to two counts of sexual assault and one count of criminal harassment involving two women — a deaf and homeless Quebec woman and a Toronto survivor of domestic violence — while he was living at a Dundas St. W. shelter and the Fred Victor women’s shelter
originally posted by: SocratesJohnson
The law requires the person to prove, through medical history and evidence of care or treatment of their gender identity, that their gender identity is "sincerely held, core to a person's gender-related self identity, and not being asserted for an improper purpose." (Sic)
So one cannot really pick their gender, only the government can approve when you are really transgender...
Person: I am a women.
Government: We don't feel you have tried hard enough or long enough to be a women, so you are still a man
Isn't that policy transphobic, lol
originally posted by: dug88
You know i've met several transgendered people in person. The last thing they gave the slightest # about was bathrooms.or being allowed in places. They always just seemed more concerned with loving life. On the internet i've interacted with many many 'transgendered' people. They are perverta who get off on being women they babble exclusively about being allowed into places so they can jerk off or just generally get turned on by being around women in the bathroom and #.
The one's I've met in real life seem to really be those people who are genuinely in the wrong body or whatever the #. The don't care about any of this stupid #. The only one's i've ever interacted with that babbled this crap only ever wanted in there to satisfy their fetishes.
originally posted by: wlasp
I would have no problem sharing a shelter with a transgender person. Although it should be determined on a case to case basis. They were absolutely right to turn him away. I think anybody behaving in that manner should be turned away from any shelter for either gender.
I've been in prison with several transgender inmates. Most of them fit in perfectly fine and had model behaviour, however there was one who was pretty big and had a violence problem and beat up several girls, and cracked one of my orbital bones. I now have a slightly visible dent on my cheekbone. It is absolutely case by case but I have no problem with the situation in general.
I doubt this lawsuit will go very far in Alaska anyways haha...
originally posted by: katerinaGrace
I think a shelter should take in everyone,but if they were chased from their previous shelter for being violent,i think they have made their bed on the streets and should lay on it. Shelters are supposed to be for victims of violence,not proponents of it,not so?