Ordinance 1856 in Kalamazoo, Michigan is one of three gay rights measures that will be decided in tomorrow's election. The heavily-funded opponents of the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance ramp up the fear tactics in its new television ad. The spot shows men stalking little girls in public toilets, which has become almost standard operating in these campaigns to stoke transphobia. The Michigan Messenger reports there is a "relentless focus on gender identity" from the opponents of the ordinance and "very few open transgender men or women have been quoted in traditional media outlets covering the campaign in Kalamazoo."
The spot is nearly identical to one used by opponents of a similar anti-discrimination measure in Gainesville, Florida earlier this year. That was rejected by the voters. Let's hope Kalamazoo voters also ignore the hysteria and do the right thing.