Alaska denies transgender man human rights commission role because he might want to work on human rights or something
The Alaska Legislature has rejected the appointment of a transgender man to the state’s human rights commission because he could be “too political”.
The Tuesday night vote came near the end of a joint session to consider Governor Bill Walker’s (right) nominees to boards, commissions and administration posts. Drew Phoenix was the only nominee to be voted down.
Prior to the vote, some conservative groups said that Phoenix, who has advocated for LGBT rights, was too political for the post.
Asshole and Republican Senator John Coghill said there’s no problem with being an advocate “until you get on that commission and then what you want to do is you want to look at protecting all rights.”
In a phone interview on Tuesday evening, Phoenix – an ordained Christian minister – said:
“I just find it so ironic that somebody like myself, with so much years’ experience personally and professionally working on behalf of human rights, that they would not confirm me to the commission on human rights.”
“I’m so sad I won’t be able to use my expertise and experience to advance the work of the commission,” he added.