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Standing Up for Equality in Anchorage

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Yesterday, voters in Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River and Girdwood voted on Prop 5, a measure to add sexual orientation and transgender identity to the antidiscrimination ordinance in the Anchorage Municipal Code.

The outcome of yesterday’s vote remains uncertain amid reports of irregularities possibly spurred by our opposition. But regardless, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support for Prop 5 and the Anchorage LGBT community over the past few weeks.

HRC is proud to have partnered with One Anchorage and a wide range of coalition partners to fight for these basic protections for members of Anchorage's LGBT community. We thank all of the HRC volunteers who spent countless hours working on the campaign, and pledge to stand with Alaskans until full equality is achieved.

One Anchorage released a statement today:

"Since the beginning of One Anchorage, we have been on the right side of history. While the vote totals released to date indicate that Prop 5 did not receive sufficient votes to become law, we know our long-term journey towards full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Alaskans will one day – and soon – become a reality. We see a growing number of Alaskans, who, like us, believe everyone in Anchorage should be treated the same no matter who you are. It won't be long before our gay and transgender friends and neighbors have the exact same legal protections as all others in our community.

Yes on 5, One Anchorage extends our deepest appreciation to the many dedicated volunteers and donors across Alaska who poured their hearts and souls into this unprecedented grassroots effort. We remain proud of their tireless work and we would not have come so far without them. They are the heroes of our community. The foundation we laid with them over the past year will serve as the basis of future victories for equality."

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