18 Aug 2009

Anchorage Mayor to Gays: You Don’t Count

On Monday afternoon, Mayor Sullivan vetoed the LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance passed 7-4 by the Assembly last week, citing a lack of evidence and the will of the majority as his reasons. “I have received nearly 2,500 additional communications from Anchorage residents,” said Sullivan’s veto statement, and “the vast majority of

17 Aug 2009

No “Dead Queers” means No Discrimination: Anchorage, AK Ordinance 64

BREAKING: Mayor Sullivan gave in to the religious fanatics today and VETOED Ordinance 64, the LGBT anti-discrimination measure: “As elected officials, we are charged with reflecting the will of the community in our decisions, particularly in the absence of compelling data that would supersede that will. Therefore, I hereby veto

12 Aug 2009

Anchorage Alaska passes LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, veto possible

The Anchorage Assembly passed Ordinance 64(S-2) Tuesday night, voting 7-4 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination policies. “We are thrilled that the Assembly gave us a majority vote and passed version S-2,” said Jackie Buckley, spokesperson for Equality Works. “We are looking forward to Mayor

10 Jul 2009

Palin and Gays Make the Queerest July 4th Ever

Gay Alaskans were planning the queerest 4th of July in years with openly LGBT contingents in three Independence Day parades around the state. Then Gov. Palin announced her resignation, ensuring that all Alaskans – gay and straight – would have a downright queer July 4th. That’s So Palin Palin’s resignation

15 Jun 2009

Palin snubs PrideFest, Wasilla fundies protest Gays

Gov. Sarah Palin ignored a Gay Pride Month proclamation submitted by Anchorage PrideFest, but a proposal to add “sexual orientation” to the city's non-discrimination policies caught the attention of Wasilla fundamentalists, who arrived in busloads to testify at the Anchorage meeting while their children protested outside. Children opposing the equal

09 Jun 2009

Anchorage, Alaska equal rights ordinance public hearing today

The Anchorage Assembly is taking public testimony today on a revised and watered down version of the ordinance to add “sexual orientation” to the city’s nondiscrimination policy. The revision, AO 2009-64(S), strengthens the religious and business exemptions and states that the ordinance “does not apply to discrimination because of one’s

30 Mar 2009

Palin’s AG Pick Called Gays “Degenerates”

Gov. Sarah Palin named Anchorage lawyer Wayne Anthony Ross as her new attorney general on Thursday. We did not expect her to pick a gay-friendly AG, however his blatant prejudice expressed in a public letter to the state Bar shows that he is a poor choice for our top attorney:

14 Nov 2008

Alaskans Fight the H8, Protest Prop 8

LGBT and straight citizens of Anchorage and Fairbanks will take to the streets on Saturday Nov. 15 to protest the passage of Prop 8 and the lack of LGBT equal rights in Alaska. The Anchorage protest will be held in front of Gov. Sarah Palin’s local office, in the Atwood

03 Nov 2008

What We’ve Learned about Sarah Palin and Gay Rights

Gay and lesbian Alaskans overwhelmingly support Obama and Biden over McCain and Palin, according to last week’s poll on Bent Alaska. Why aren’t we voting for local girl Sarah Palin? What have we learned about her record on LGBT issues? • She supported the 1998 state constitutional amendment banning same-sex

31 Oct 2008

87% of LGBT Alaskans Prefer Obama

Eighty-seven percent of LGBT Alaskans are voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, according to a poll conducted Oct. 23-30 on Bent Alaska. The most recent Harris poll reports that LGBT voters in America prefer Obama by 81%. Bent Alaska’s LGBT voters – who live in Sarah Palin’s home state –