Alaska Still Unsure of How It Feels About Your Gayness
Up in Alaska, you know, Sarah Palin’s backyard… I mean, the Last Frontier… the state’s largest city Anchorage will soon vote on whether or not to protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination.
Wait. They didn’t have that before? Like… that’s not a thing!?
Citizens will vote on April 3 to pass or shoot down Proposition 5, the ballot measure put forth to defend basic civil rights.
150 metropolitan cities in the Lower 48 already have anti-discrimination laws. Try to ban me from a job in Seattle because I’m gay? Gurl, I will sue! But in Anchorage, equality groups like One Anchorage have tried for the past three decades to pass a law that would ban discrimination in housing, employment, and similar areas on the basis of sexuality.
Anchorage already bans discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age, and disability, thank Gaga.
While I want to give high fives, hugs, and back rubs to all the burly lumberjacks up in Anchorage that support this legislation, I do have to ask myself, “Really?!”
It’s 2012 and this law still isn’t on the books in Anchorage and many other U.S. cities. The marriage debate aside, it’s absurd to think there are still cities that don’t afford this protection to gay, lesbian, and other queer citizens.
Show your support for the Anchorage vote coming up by getting involved. Are you an Anchorage citizen? Go vote!