This week, by a unanimous vote of 7-0, the General Assembly in Sitka, Alaska approved comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people within its city and borough. The city joins Anchorage and Juneau as the only cities to offer such protections in the state.
Assembly member Kevin Knox, who co-sponsored the ordinance with Vice Deputy Mayor Bob Potrzuski, said in a statement: “This is what we as a community believe: that all people, no matter what they look like or who they love, are entitled to be treated fairly under the law.”
Fair Anchorage congratulates Sitka on their passage of these important protections, and thanks Alaskans Together For Equality for their leadership in this important victory.
Although this is great news for Sitka, state and federal laws still have much catching up to do in regards to non-discrimination. Alaska, along with 32 other states, lacks explicit statewide protections for LGBTQ people.
But this week the citizens of Sitka have shown that when Alaskans get to know our LGBTQ neighbors, a majority agree that should be treated equally under the law. Sitkans have made a clear statement — just like the people of Anchorage, that discrimination is not an Alaskan value, and that they value the contributions of LGBTQ people in their community.
But here in Anchorage, these same protections are under attack by Proposition 1 – which would repeal our city’s non-discrimination laws protecting our transgender neighbors, family and friends from discrimination.
We know the Alaskan values of fairness and equal treatment are held by the majority of people throughout the state, which is why we’re hopeful the people of Anchorage will vote NO on Prop 1 on on April 3rd.. If you haven’t yet, sign our pledge here, and learn more about our campaign to keep discrimination out of Anchorage.