Action Alert: Support DREAMers, Support the Dream Act

We need you to help protect the 75,000 LGBTQ DREAMers! Today, President Trump announced he would phase out the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program. This action is an unconscionable and cruel move by the Trump Administration. The young people that are the targets of this misguided policy change grew up in America. America is the country they know and love. Continue reading

Face of Hate

This past weekend we saw the face of hate. It is difficult to put into words the thoughts and emotions that ran through our minds as the horrific images of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville filled screens around the world this weekend.  Continue reading

Alaskans Together For Equality Responds to Trump's Ban on Transgender Military Service

The Trump Administration just fired another salvo in their war on the LGBTQ community. Yesterday, via Tweet, Mr. Trump banned transgender individuals from serving in the United States military taking the Pentagon and LGBTQ advocates by surprise. Alaskans Together for Equality joins more than 200 LGBTQ leaders from equality advocacy organizations in condemning this action by President Trump. Continue reading

Action Alert: Stop the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

  Update (as of 7/26/17): Take a minute today and call our Senators today. Unfortunately, the motion to proceed was successful, but the Senate still has a chance to do the right thing, and vote NO on final repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It is clear, any bill that comes to a vote will increase costs, cut coverage, and weaken protections. Sen. Murkowski must continue to stay strong, and Sen. Sullivan has one more chance to do what’s right for Alaskans. Continue reading

Will Anchorage Residents Have To Show Papers To Use Restroom?

Anchorage, Alaska – July 20, 2017 – Supporters of a proposed bathroom-monitoring initiative turned in the required signatures for inclusion of the fear-based initiative on the April 2018 Anchorage municipal ballot. In sum, the bathroom-monitoring initiative would allow businesses open to the public to discriminate against Alaskans based solely on appearance. Continue reading

Equality News - June: Pride, Volunteer For ATE At Anchorage Pride 2017, Legislative Update, and Board News

This month we celebrate who we are as a diverse community! Pride is a commemoration of the fight for equality that began on June 28, 1969, as LGBTQ patrons stood up to the harassment and criminalization of our community during the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. Your continued support of Alaskans Together for Equality (ATE) and LGBTQ equality honors the movement that was started on that hot summer night. We’ve come a long way since that time, but there is further to go. Continue reading

Alaskans Together For Equality Responds To Potential Bathroom- Monitoring Initiative

Anchorage, Alaska – April 22, 2017 – The Anchorage city attorney ruled yesterday that supporters of a proposed bathroom-monitoring initiative could start gathering signatures for inclusion on the 2018 ballot. The bathroom-monitoring initiative wouldallow businesses open to the public to discriminate against Alaskans based solely on appearance. Continue reading

Anchorage Elects First Openly LGBTQ Alaskans In Municipal Election

Anchorage, Alaska - Yesterday, Christopher Constant (District 1) and Felix Rivera (District 4) became the first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals to be elected to office in Alaska. The men will serve 3-year terms on the Anchorage Assembly. Former Senator Johnny Ellis served in the Alaska State Legislature for 29 years but did not reveal he was gay until he retired in November 2016.  Continue reading

Action Alert: Public Hearing #2 On Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Bill - April 10

  What: Senate Bill 72 - State Senate Health And Social Services Committee HearingWhere:  BUTROVICH 205 @State CapitolWhen: Monday, April 10 at 1:30 pmHow To Participate: Email, In-Person in Juneau, In-Person at your local LIO, by phone(907) 586-9085 or (844) 586-9085 Watch: http://akleg.gov/index.php#tab3-15 Continue reading

Equality News: New Executive Director, Anti-LGBTQ Petition Denied, 30th Legislative Session

It’s been a chilly January, and it looks like we will be busy fighting for LGBTQ equality in the coming weeks and months ahead. We encourage you to stay focused and engaged, and to speak up when you see something is not right – write letters to the editor, submit opinion editorials, rally, march, and most importantly contact your elected officials. The LGBTQ community along with our allies can be a powerful force locally, at the state level, and at the federal level to create change and protect fundamental human rights in our communities. Continue reading