Faith-Based Women’s Shelter in Legal Battle Over Turning Away Man Who Identifies as a Woman

Nearly a year ago, the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission filed suit against a Christian women’s shelter for not allowing a man to sleep there overnight. . .

Drunk, visibly wounded, and wearing a woman’s nightgown, [Timothy] Coyle–a biological male who identifies as a woman and goes by the name Samantha–told the female Hope employee at the door that he’d just been kicked out of the nearby Brother Francis Shelter, for fighting.

Sherrie Laurie, Hope’s director, ultimately told Coyle that he couldn’t stay at the Christian shelter. (Hope houses battered women, in addition to victims of sex-trafficking.) Instead, she gave him money for a cab and sent him to the emergency room for treatment, recommending that he eventually make his way to the Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC.) . . .

Four days later, Timothy Coyle filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, claiming he was discriminated against on the basis of his sexual identity. A municipal ordinance in Anchorage includes an anti-discrimination statute that, since 2015, names gender identity as a protected class. . .

The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission has additionally filed a discrimination complaint against Hope’s attorney, claiming he has “been identified as the source of statements and information, published in various printed media sources, which implied or stated that transgender individuals would not be allowed to be “sheltered” at the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center.” (Read more from “Faith-Based Women’s Shelter in Legal Battle Over Turning Away Man Who Identifies as a Woman” HERE)

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