Fire Victims say Thank You, Pride T-shirts on Sale, & SOSAnchorage.Net

Gay AK: Notes from LGBT Alaska

Congratulations to the people of New Hampshire, which became the 6th state in the U.S. to legalize same sex marriage.

Community pulls together for gay fire victims
The fundraiser for Garfield and Alvin, who lost their home in the Spenard fire on Memorial Day "was a HUGE success! We raised over $2,000 and received a number of gift cards," wrote Bear, the contact person for donations. "In addition, a 'ton' of items was brought in for them (small appliances, clothes, dishes, blankets, etc.) I still have people contacting me to help out. The latest is that a couple is giving them a large color tv. And there are others who are waiting until the guys get settled so that they can donate more household things. This whole project has been litteraly amazing!"

"Garfield and Alvin cannot believe how this turned out. They found a place to live on June 1st. They both are doing much better in the attitude department and are very appreciative of everything that everyone has done for them. They say that every day things are getting better." The men will sort through the donated items and decide what they can use and what they will pass on to other community members in need.

"Thank you all for your love and support of each other," added Mary Bess Bohall. "Together we made a huge impact with this fundraiser. Together we can make a huge impact for our community. Thank you to all."

PrideFest t-shirts on sale at the Center
The shirts for Anchorage PrideFest 2009 are on sale downtown at the Community Center. Check out the full calendar for the many wonderful Pride Week events! If you want to host an event, make sure you have contacted the Anchorage PrideFest committee. Vendor? Volunteer? Marching Unit? Find the information to participate in this year's activities on the LINKS tab of the website. We can't wait to join you on the Park Strip for a Celebration of Anchorage, The Last Queer Frontier!

Trans-inclusive nondiscrimination laws
As of July 2008, 13 states and the District of Columbia, and 108 cities & counties, have trans-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. A total of 39% of the U.S. population is covered by laws which ban discrimination on the basis of transgender/transsexual status, which the proposed Anchorage ordinance includes as "gender identity." Since May 2007, 51.8% of the U.S. population has been covered by state, county, and/or city laws banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

SOSAnchorage.Com vs. SOSAnchorage.Net
"The purpose of Anchorage Ordinance AO NO. 2009-64 is very simply stated and long overdue for our community; it extends protection from workplace discrimination to include sexual orientation. However, Rev. Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage Baptist Temple has vowed to strike down the ordinance, using all the powers of his congregation and bully pulpit. A website has emerged,, which highlights all the 'damage' that workplace equality will wreak upon our city. My fiance and I have erected a counter-website at to highlight the blatant falsehoods and misleading information. Please, check out to view the fearmongering, and then head over to and help us get the facts out! Tell your friends, and keep this going. June 9th is right around the corner."

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