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The Fight Is On For LGBT Rights in Anchorage

The Fight Is On For LGBT Rights in Anchorage


In a few weeks, Anchorage, Alaska may finally pass a law protecting LGBT people from job and housing discrimination.

Proposition Five is the fifth time local folks have tried to get such basic protections into local law and after gaining a huge number of signatures and widespread and bipartisan support, including from many churches, polls suggest they may win come April 3.

As Dan Savage reports though, past experience warns that local opponents will try anything to defeat such protections. He writes:

One Anchorage reps are bracing themselves for the inevitable fear-mongering that will target trans[gender] people and the trans-inclusive language in their initiative. When similar initiatives were on the ballot in in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Gainesville, Fla., the haters ran television ads at the last minute that showed men following little girls into public restrooms and distributed flyers with pictures of men in dresses that said the law would “require” schools to hire these men to teach your children. Those ads are coming to Anchorage.

Voters in Kalamazoo and Gainesville extended civil rights protections to their LGBT citizens because the pro-gay campaigns in those cities were able to get on TV with ads calling bullshit on the haters and refuting their lies.

Linda Kellen Biegel of the Mudflats blog reported from a local voters forum where Alaska Family Council’s Jim Minnery spoke against Prop Five and linked it to the so-called “health-care war on religion.” Minnery’s group is receiving extensive help and funding from outside Alaska.

In her video (Biegel apologizes for any shakiness as Minnery’s comments made her so angry), we also see Pro-Proposition advocate Jeff Mittman deftly counter Minnery’s argument by discussing the 45 Faith Leaders (Christians for Equality) who have joined together to support Proposition 5, including the Episcopal Bishop Lattime, leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Anchorage.

To support Anchorage locals organizing from Prop Five go here.

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1:56PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

This is America! Pass Proposition Five already!

1:51PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I certainly hope that the independent nature of Alaskans and ingrained sense of fair play wins. I will anxiously await the results. Rainbows all the way.

10:38AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Get out of the dark ages Anchorage and please pass the bill.

10:24AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

The irony here is that the Territory of Alaska was a haven for people escaping problems in "the lower 48." You can bet that there were plenty of gay guys sharing log cabins during the long winters, plenty of gay trappers and gold miners.

9:37AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I hope Alaska both passes the protection from bigotry for LGBTs, and introduces a new law penalising homophobia. Stupid bigots should be fed to the Volcano God...

8:28AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

good on ya Alaska, thumbs up for your effort in what you are doing.

6:05AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

One more state to address discrimination...good luck Alaska.

6:05AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I had a gay teacher in 3rd grade. Mind you, that was in 1972. Everyone knew he was gay...the adults anyway. Never came up in class. He was a horrible teacher, but it had nothing to do with his sexual orientation. Us kids were far more concerned with his lousy toupee.

8:03PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Good luck Anchorage!

5:12PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

If you choose accept money from the government you should be able to follow the basic laws for that funding. In other words, if you can't adopt out to all people who have legal right, you shouldn't get public money.

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