To the editor: As an LGBTQ+ Fairbanksan with a rare disease, I firmly believe everyone should have affordable and safe access to health care. Earlier this year, the Trump administration instituted new restrictions on Title X, a program that provides reproductive health care to millions of low-income people. This put much needed reproductive health care out of reach for many, and when we combine the effect of this with Mayor Jim Matherly’s unconscionable veto of Ordnance 6093, many of us are in danger of losing access to the health care we desperately need.
Because of Mayor Matherly’s veto, LGBTQ+ Fairbanksans, regardless of our ability or desire to work, can lose our jobs because of who we are or who we love. We can lose our jobs, our homes, our health insurance, or even be denied needed care by a doctor. The health, safety and livelihoods of so many have been put at risk due to the personal beliefs of these two leaders.
All we ask is to live, work and contribute to our community free from fear. As LGBTQ+ members of this community, we could lose our jobs, the health care attached, and then have no safety net simply because of who we are.
On Tuesday, Fairbanksans have a chance to help their LGBTQ+ neighbors, friends, and family by voting Jim Matherly out of office. It seems like such a small thing to do but could help so many.