Alaska is the 49th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959. Its largest city is Anchorage, and its capital city is Juneau.

LGBT Rights in Alaska: A constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman was approved by 68% of Alaska voters in November 1998. An executive order prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment since 2002. There is no provision for gender identity in any law. State law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Hollis French

State senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban in Alaska

Monday, February 24, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska — The minority leader of the Alaska Senate on Monday proposed to strike the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]

Alaska personnel board includes same-sex partners as ‘immediate family’

Thursday, September 19, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska State Personnel Board has voted to include the same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave. [ Read more → ]

Alaska personnel board may recognize gay partners as ‘immediate family’

Friday, August 23, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Jerry Prevo

Pastor to gay Scouts: ‘No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God’

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Three more Boy Scout troops are looking for new meeting spaces after the Christian organizations that help support them have ended their relationships over the national organization's decision to lift its long standing ban on openly gay youth. [ Read more → ]

Murkowski becomes third GOP Senator to support marriage equality

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Wednesday that she supports legalizing same-sex marriage, becoming the third Republican Senator to support marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

GOP Senator from Alaska says her views on same-sex marriage are ‘evolving’

Thursday, March 28, 2013
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska -- Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska's senior U.S. senator, said Wednesday that she is reviewing her stance on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

Report: U.S. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska now supports marriage equality

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) late Monday night joined the growing chorus of Democratic senators to announce support for marriage equality for same-sex couples, according to a report by BuzzFeed. [ Read more → ]

Alaska lawmaker introduces bill to bar sexual orientation discrimination

Sunday, February 24, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska — House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula has introduced a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of traits that businesses, unions and landlords cannot discriminate. [ Read more → ]

Alaska lawmakers apologize for laughter at question on civil unions

Monday, February 18, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Leaders of the Alaska House apologized Monday for the laughter that erupted from some caucus members when asked about same-sex partnerships. [ Read more → ]

Reports of Anchorage Proposition 5′s demise are premature

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Headlines announcing the failure of Proposition 5 are premature, according to Bent Alaska, an Anchorage-based LGBT community website. According to Bent Alaska, unanticipated voter turnout and voting irregularities were caused by misinformation sent out by Prop 5 opponent Jim Minnery, and have left a cloud over election results. [ Read more → ]

Ballot measure to protect LGBT people in Anchorage appears to have failed

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Voters in Anchorage on Tuesday rejected a proposed ordinance that would have added would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative. [ Read more → ]

Anchorage advocacy group responds to anti-transgender ad campaign

Thursday, March 29, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Supporters of a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative on Thursday released a response ad to the opposition group's depiction of an offensive and distorted cartoon ads of gay and transgender individuals. [ Read more → ]

Political ad claims daycare centers would be forced to hire ‘transvestites’

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Ad new advertisement by opponents of a proposed ordinance to extend anti-discrimination legal protections to gay and transgender people in Anchorage is being called offensive and misleading by stating that day care centers would be forced to hire "transvestites" or face jail time. [ Read more → ]

Foes of Anchorage ordinance say there’s ‘no widespread discrimination’ against gays

Sunday, March 25, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Opponents of a proposed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance say the law is not necessary because they "don't believe that there is widespread discrimination" against gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

True LGBT story: Creating a ‘Family of Choice’ in Alaska

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Phyllis Rhodes is simply awesome. She’s the Executive Director of Identity, Anchorage’s LGBT Center, and has a heart of gold. I wish every LGBTQ Alaskan would go pay her a visit because I know they would feel better afterwards. Alaska is lucky to have her. [ Read more → ]

Legal protections for LGBT people headed for ballot in Anchorage in 2012

Saturday, December 10, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The sponsor group of an initiative to extend legal protections prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people has collected 13,515 signatures from Anchorage registered voters in support of putting the measure on the city's April 2012 ballot. [ Read more → ]

ACLU sues Alaska over driver’s license requirements of transgender individuals

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against the state of Alaska after the state denied a transgender woman a driver's license listing her as female because she failed to provide proof of a surgical sex change. [ Read more → ]

Pedestrian struck, killed by car carrying grand marshal at Anchorage pride

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Gay pride in Anchorage on Saturday turned somber just a the event began, when the convertible carrying the grand marshal struck and killed a pedestrian marching in the parade. [ Read more → ]
Dwight Probasco

School principal bans ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ because a gay man wrote it

Friday, May 13, 2011
My senior year at Marshfield High School was getting rolling and auditions for our drama club’s production of Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” were scheduled for the afternoon. [ Read more → ]

Playgirl hunk Levi Johnston calls for truce with Sarah Palin after appearing on Kathy Griffin’s ‘D-List’

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Just days after appearing on an episode of Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D-List” reality show, where the hilarious comedian went to Alaska to visit her faux boyfriend Levi Johnston, the Playgirl stud is saying he wants to bury the hatchet with the Palin family. [ Read more → ]

Rebuilt pride float takes first place in July 4th parade contest

Monday, July 5, 2010
Two days after fire officials call a blaze that destroyed a gay pride float possible arson, leaders from the LGBT community's Imperial Court were able to rebuild their float, and took first prize in the July 4 parade contest. [ Read more → ]
Photo: Colleen Crinklaw via Anchorage Daily News

Investigators call gay pride float fire ‘suspicious’

Saturday, July 3, 2010
Authorities in Anchorage, AK are investigating the cause of an early morning fire on Friday that destroyed a gay pride float intended for a 4th of July parade. Witnesses report they saw someone running from the scene moments before the fire broke out. [ Read more → ]

Anchorage assembly takes no action to override Mayor’s veto

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Anchorage Assembly has less than two weeks left to override the mayor's veto of the gay rights ordinance, but the first opportunity to do so came and went Tuesday night, as the assembly took no action. The ordinance's author, Patrick Flynn, says the Assembly... [ Read more → ]

Anchorage Mayor vetoes anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 17, 2009
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed the controversial anti-discrimination ordinance on Monday, citing negative comments and arguing that there is no need for the measure. City leaders passed the measure that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment,... [ Read more → ]
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