The Anchorage Assembly continued its rampant assault on liberty in Anchorage last week when they passed AO 2022-65, a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors. This time around, the ordinance was aimed directly at parents of minor children. The vote was 9-2 and the Mayor is expected to sign it into law. Essentially, Anchorage Assembly is getting itself into the medical business, determining which sorts of treatment minors can and cannot undergo.
On its face, this is a direct assault on the rights of parents to care for their minor children as they see fit.
Below the surface, it is much more pernicious than that. Couple this with the sex education curriculum being foisted in the public schools starting in elementary school (and kindergarten, if they can get away with it), you end up with the LGBTQWTF agenda being introduced to children year after year after year, the younger the better.
By the time the kiddos hit puberty, they start to experience sexual confusion. When that happens, who do they end up talking to? Who are they ALLOWED to talk to? Better yet, when it gets that far, what is the medical establishment allowed to tell them? The ordinance only allows one sort of response, transitioning into the LGBTQWTF lifestyle or sexual identification transition. ALL OTHER RESPONSES by all other Anchorage residents and all other DIRECTIONS are now illegal, according to the Anchorage Assembly that the Police, Fire and Teachers unions gave us.
What happens in other locales (California and England) when a kiddo has questions and goes to the school counselor with those questions? The school counselor then lines the kiddos up with medical professionals – therapists and doctors who happily affirm the confusion and celebrate the lifestyle choice, telling the kiddo that their confusion is indeed THE new direction and set the kiddo on the path toward hormonal therapy (chemical castration) and gender reassignment surgery (surgical mutilation), all without ANY parental involvement.
Combining intentional exposure to things that will trigger sexual confusion in the young with a one-way ratchet of only a single direction allowed out of that confusion and you end up manufacturing more confused kiddos. In some locales, this has increased the incidence of this by a factor of 10.
The abortion crowd already set the precedent on keeping parents out of the abortion loop and have court opinions supporting it. Expect this to be applied to transitioning of all sorts.
Now here’s the fun part. Section C of the ordinance reads as follows:
Prohibition on sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts. It is unlawful for any provider to provide, apply, or use sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts with a patient who is a minor.
It would appear that the Anchorage Assembly just made it illegal for anyone in Anchorage to participate in any transitioning from straight to somewhere else on the LGTBQWTF spectrum. Although the rest of the verbiage in the definitions section focuses on transitioning away from straight, the prohibition section quoted above sure does read like that is also now illegal. Did the proponents of this actually read what they voted for?
Final point. The Anchorage Assembly has at least 4 LGBTQWTF practitioners among its membership. When they were elected, their particular persuasion was not supposed to make any difference. With their lockstep support of AO 2020-65 (3 of them sponsored it), they have just told everyone in town that it does matter. And it will in future elections, which is not progress.
Alex Gimarc lives in Anchorage since retiring from the military in 1997. His interests include science and technology, environment, energy, economics, military affairs, fishing and disabilities policies. His weekly column “Interesting Items” is a summary of news stories with substantive Alaska-themed topics. He was a small business owner and Information Technology professional.