Anchorage, Alaska, might be way off the radar screen of most Americans.
But one case from the Great White North is holding an object lesson in the insanity of the transgender movement that’s taken over America in recent years. And if Anchorage voters come to their senses in April, they could be leading the way for the rest of the country to do the same.
Believe it or not, the case of a drunken, abusive man who wasn’t allowed into a shelter for battered women just might help the cause.
In January, a homeless man known legally as 52-year-old Timothy Coyle tried to enter the Hope Center for women after being kicked out of a men’s shelter for inebriation and fighting, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
He was turned away, but the shelter’s staff gave him money for a cab to get to a hospital to treat the wounds he’d received from fighting. The next day, Coyle returned to the women’s shelter, but it had not opened for “guests” yet. He was turned away again.
Was Coyle grateful for the compassion the shelter showed the night before by giving him money for a cab to the hospital? No. Did he gracefully accept the fact that he’d shown up at a women’s shelter at a time when it wasn’t even open?
Of course not.
He filed a complaint with the local equal rights commission.
And he has a leg to stand on, because the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 in 2015 to approve an ordinance aimed at banning discrimination of any kind in Alaska’s largest city, according to Alaska Public Media.
Take a look at the complaint here, via Must Read Alaska. Note that Coyle now refers to himself as a “female” named Samantha, and that he enjoys membership in “a protected class.”
The gall is almost beyond belief. But it’s clear Coyle had help. A homeless man with a violent criminal record and demonstrable drinking problem generally doesn’t toss around terms like “full and equal enjoyment of Respondent’s services” without a little coaching.
The commission hasn’t ruled on the case yet, but if it’s successful, it could mean “fines, policy changes, non-discrimination training and other damages for the shelter,” according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Think about that for a second. A shelter for battered women could be fined for turning away a drunken, abusive man.
But absurd as it might be, the Coyle case might turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the forces of sanity in Anchorage in particular, and America in general.
On April 3, Anchorage voters will decide on a referendum that would legally restrict certain public areas for use by gender at birth, not whatever gender one happens to be feeling at the moment. That would include restrooms, locker rooms and “intimate facilities” — and keep drunk, abusive men out of the Hope Center for battered women, where residents sleep “crammed next to each other on the floor,” as Must Read Alaska put it.
The Coyle case is getting a lot of ink in Anchorage. The Daily News headline on its story is “Discrimination complaint against downtown Anchorage women’s shelter opens up political front.”
That’s one way to look at it. Another way is to see that the transgender rights movement has been full of nasty, unintended consequences that even liberals shudder at. The Coyle case is one of them.
But Anchorage voters have a chance to right this wrong with the ballot question known as “Proposition 1.”
In an opinion column published by the Anchorage Daily News in September urging voters to say no to “Proposition 1,” former Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans wrote that the “non-discrimination” ordinance had not caused any problems: “The best proof of this system is that there have been no problems associated with bathroom use the past two years.”
Well, do Evans and the liberals who support the transgender movement think it’s a big enough problem that a shelter for battered women can actually be facing a municipal fine and other punishments because it refused to take in drunken, abusive man into the confined quarters where vulnerable women are sleeping?
Sane people would think that it is.
And if enough sane people go to the polls in Anchorage on April 3, it’s just possible that the rest of America might be paying enough attention to learn something.
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