- June 24, 2013
Post submitted by Nick Martin, HRC Field Coordinator
Friday marked this year’s summer solstice, the longest day of the year. In many parts of the country this is all but a mark on the calendar and the notion that the days will slowly start getting shorter again. In Alaska, it’s a time to celebrate. Here in Anchorage, the solstice marks a weekend series of events including the annual hike to the top of Flattop Mountain and the downtown Solstice Festival and Hero Games.
My fellow organizer and I had the opportunity to attend many of these traditions and talk to Alaskans about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would ban employers from firing people solely on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. At Flattop, hikers make the trek to the over 3,500 foot high flat mountain top to celebrate the 19.5 hours of pure sunlight Anchorage receives. Safely at the base, we engaged with locals about the importance of ENDA and what they can do to get Senator Lisa Murkowski to support the legislation. The following day we did the same at the annual Solstice Festival in downtown Anchorage. Here, we and a few volunteers engaged with individuals and families who were happy to do their part to support non-discrimination.