End Government’s Discrimination Against Transgender Man

Target: Senator Pete Kelly, Alaska State Senate President

Goal: End discrimination against transgender man and appoint him to the human rights position he rightly deserves.

Only one person was rejected by the Alaska State legislature for a human rights commission position: a transgender man. Drew Phoenix was the sole gubernatorial nominee out of nearly 100 in Alaska to be rejected by lawmakers in a clear act of discrimination.

Phoenix has experience in LGBTQ and human rights politics. In addition, as a transgender man, he has witnessed discrimination and human rights abuses firsthand. Had he been appointed, he would have offered a unique perspective to the state’s human rights commission. Instead, conservatives blocked his appointment, using the argument that he is too political for the government position and will stand in the way of religious freedom (although Phoenix himself is a reverend)

Phoenix was a highly qualified candidate and should not have been rejected for a position he rightly deserves. However, simply because of his gender identity, he was rejected. Sign the petition to voice your discontent with this decision and demand that the legislature walk back its decision and appoint Phoenix to the commission position.


Dear Senator Kelly

All but one of Governor Bill Walker’s nearly 100 commission nominees were appointed to state positions. Drew Phoenix was nominated for a position on the human rights commission. However, he was deemed too political by you and your fellow lawmakers and rejected.

Conservatives worried he would stand against religious freedoms. With no actual evidence to support this claim, except for the argument of conservatives that Phoenix is transgender, this is an example of blatant discrimination that must be rectified. Phoenix is uniquely qualified for this position and has witnessed human rights abuses firsthand. I demand that you and your fellow lawmakers appoint Phoenix to the commission position he rightly deserves.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop discriminating trans people!


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