Alaska Organizations Tell Congress to Pass LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections
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As a broad coalition of Alaska organizations that support dignity and fairness for LGBTQ Alaskans, we strongly support comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans nationwide.
We can all agree that all Alaskans should be free to contribute to their communities and go about their daily lives without fear of discrimination. No one should be at risk of being denied housing or refused service simply because of who they are or who they love.
Alaska is home to an estimated 25,000 residents who identify as LGBTQ. They are our coworkers, neighbors, family and friends. But because of a lack of statewide protections and critical gaps in federal laws, LGBTQ Alaskans are vulnerable to discrimination in key areas of life, including healthcare, housing, and federally funded programs and services.
Congress urgently needs to pass federal LGBTQ protections from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, lending, and federally funded programs. Comprehensive federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life. These common-sense protections have broad and deep support across lines of political party, religion, demographics, and geography. Public support is at an all-time high, with a strong majority of Alaskans saying they support protections, including 76 percent of Americans and 62 percent of Republicans.
In recognition of this overwhelming support, we urge all Alaskans, including our members of Congress, to publicly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. America is ready for these long overdue protections, and Alaska is ready for the continued leadership of our elected officials to create a fairer, safer place for all LGBTQ people.
Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC)
Alaska Children’s Trust
Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Alaska Poor People’s Campaign
Alaska Synod ELCA
Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association
Alaskans Together For Equality
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Anchored Abode Assisted Living Home, LLC
Carpenters Local 1243
Choosing Our Roots
Christians For Equality
Disability Law Center of Alaska
Facing Foster Care in Alaska
First Congregational Church of Anchorage
Gender Expansive Community of Anchorage
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
IUPAT DC 5
Mat-Su Moms for Social Justice
NAACP, Anchorage, Alaska, Branch #1000
Nine Star Education & Employment Services
Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, serving Alaska
Soldotna Pride in the Park
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Standing Together Against Rape
The Alaska Center Education Fund
The Alaska Christian Conference
The Indigenous Youth Foundation, Inc.
The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
The Queen’s Guard
Tundra Women’s Coalition