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

Alaskans Together For Equality - A Note About the Presidential Election Results

The result of the presidential election has caused concern to many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and our allies. While there is uncertainty within our community and our movement, we know together we can get through what might happen in the next four years. With your help, we have accomplished a lot and we intend to continue our mission to advance civil equality for all Alaskans. Continue reading

Juneau Passes An Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Juneau became the second Alaskan city to pass an inclusive non‐discrimination ordinance that extends protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or national origin, race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Continue reading

ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY VOTES TO PROTECT ALL ANCHORAGE RESIDENTS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaskans Together for Equality, Identity, American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, Pride Foundation, and the Human Rights Campaign jointly released the following statement in regards to the recently passed non-discrimination ordinance: Continue reading