AK Family Council attacks the Girl Scouts

The Alaska Family Council, an anti-gay group that threatened the assembly chairwoman during last summer's ordinance hearings and bullied college students, has picked an even younger target: Girl Scouts.

A recent e-newsletter from AFC President Jim Minnery said that the Girl Scouts is "the last place you want your daughter to be."
In case you didn't know, it's not your mother's Girl Scouts any more. While the Boy Scouts of America has remained true to its traditional ideals, the Girl Scouts have gone full tilt into feminism/sexual revolution/GLBT politics. And doing their best to export it internationally.
Selling cookies makes them gay? Girl Scouts of Alaska posted this response:
It is enormously disappointing that an Alaskan coalition would forward such inflammatory statements without having made any contact with Girl Scouts of Alaska. Girl Scouts is a non-religious values based organization that strongly respects families and makes no statements or stands on girls' sexuality.

Girl Scouts of Alaska builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The values that Girl Scouts stand for are what's stated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, essentially unchanged since 1912.
What kind of man picks on little girls?

- hat tip to The Mudflats

Avenue Q comes to Anchorage

The Broadway hit Avenue Q is coming to Alaska as part of the Anchorage Concert Association's new 2010-2011 season. It's a funny and witty puppet musical for adults, based roughly on a grown-up Sesame Street, and includes a struggling to come out gay puppet who resembles Bert of Bert and Ernie fame.
Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice.
There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceƩ Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Called "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see" by Entertainment Weekly, Avenue Q features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story in a smart, risque and downright entertaining way.

Avenue Q is about real life and addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. Parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. The Anchorage Concert Association recommends the show for ages 15 and up.

Avenue Q is scheduled for the Atwood Concert Hall on January 21-27, 2011.

Here's a video clip from the song "If You Were Gay" in the Tony-award winning musical Avenue Q:


Tell UA Regents that fairness matters

The UA system's lack of protection for gays and lesbians is the topic of a front page article in this month's UAA student newspaper The Northern Light. The article quotes Regent Kirk Wikersham as saying that he hasn't heard much about adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy:
"I haven't heard anything antidotal regarding the issue when I travel to different campuses," Regent Kirk Wikersham said. "I don't know if (a policy) would pass right now. The board has not really spoke privately on the subject, but we decided at our retreat in January we would deal with it this year."
Students have raised the issue before the board at every public regents' meeting for over a year, sharing their concerns about the lack of protection for LGBT students, staff and faculty in the UA system. Apparently, Regent Wikersham needs to hear more.

Please contact Regent Wikersham and the other UA Regents and ask them to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the UA non-discrimination policy, to protect LGBT people throughout the UA system.

If you study or work on a UA campus and have ever seen, heard or experienced unfair treatment of LGBT people, be sure to tell the regents about that (without outing the people involved.) LGBT people who are currently being harassed are less likely to speak up for themselves, for fear of being outed or fired, so it's important that we speak for them.

If you have friends at other campuses, especially the smaller ones, please ask them to contact the regents as well. There are LGBT people at every UA campus, and the regents need to hear from them and their friends.

"Seeing as this has been an ongoing issue for about 25 years, I don't see it going away," [Jessica Angelette, the GSA president at UAF] said. "There is too much press and public interest, and not just in Alaska but the entire nation."

Sara's News Round-up 3/28/10

This week's LGBT news roundup from Sara Boesser in Juneau, Alaska.

Washington, Bloomberg, March 25, 2010

Washington, AOL News, March 26, 2010

Huffington Post, March 22, 2010

Washington, Advocate, March 25, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico, LA Times, March 19, 2010

New York, Advocate, March 24, 2010

Advocate, March 22, 2010

McClatchy, March 26, 2010

Jackson, Miss., ABC Local, March 19, 2010

Jackson, Miss., ABC Local, March 25, 2010

LGBT MAP (Movement Advancement Project)

San Francisco, Advocate, March 26, 2010

Taipei, Taiwan, Earth Times, March 28, 2010

Guernsey, U.K., BBC News, March 25, 2010

UA's Gamble, Mayor's Marathon, Walk A Mile & Felix goes to DC

Gay AK: Notes from and for LGBT Alaska

UA Gambles on another general
The University of Alaska has a new President: Patrick Gamble was CEO of the Alaska Railroad, a former general from Texas, and has no work experience in the field of education. Does he support adding LGBTs to the non-discrimination policy? I guess we'll find out. Articles on the new leader in UAA's Northern Light and UAF's Sun Star.

Help Felix go to Washington
Felix Rivera is a student at Alaska Pacific University and the president of the LGBTQ student group Spectrum. He plans to go to DC for a two month internship at the Institute on Political Journalism this summer, and is looking for donations and fundraising ideas. Why help Felix? "As a journalist, I have a passion for social justice issues and would gain crucial knowledge in DC and bring it back to Anchorage." If you can help, please send Felix an email.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes & Take Back the Night
April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time dedicated to raising awareness and preventing sexual violence. Check out the activities planned statewide, including the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" fundraiser for STAR where males of all ages strap on women's shoes for a one-mile walk in Anchorage, and a rally and Take Back the Night march in Fairbanks. (Remember Take Back the Night marches?)

A Merry (and gay) Mayor's Marathon
An Anchorage LGBT group is planning to run in the Mayor's Marathon this summer: "I'm sure we have enough of a following to be a strong presence as part of this year's Mayor's Marathon. Let it be a Fun, Merry, Joyous, and Exhilarating experience for ALL of us who reside in this community!" Join the Facebook page I'm Proudly Representing My LGBTQ Community in the Mayor's Marathon.

This Week in LGBT Alaska 3/26/10

This week's LGBT events from Alaska GLBT News.

Juneau

Femme Fatale 3/26 at The Rendezvous & 3/27 at The Baranof Hotel, doors open at 9, show begins at 10 p.m. Two unique shows to benefit Four A's in southeast. Tickets $15 each, or $25 for both shows.

SEAGLA Social Fridays (6-8 p.m.) for GLBT people and our friends over 21, at The Imperial Bar.


Fairbanks

Lez Zeppelin all-female tribute band in Fairbanks/Ester on 4/1, 10 p.m. at the Blue Moon.

Wednesday social group. Contact Joshua for location.


Mat-Su Valley

Lulu Small and the Small Band play at Del Roi's 3/27

Mat-Su LGBT Community Center in Palmer is open M-F 5-8 p.m. (except 6-8 on Wed.) The social group meets Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. at Vagabond Blues.


Anchorage

Lesbian Film Night and Potluck at the GLCCA 3/26, 6 p.m. potluck, 6:15 movie.

Ever Ready plays in Eagle River 3/26, 7:30 p.m. at the VFW.

RAW's Celebration of Change 'Masqueerade' 3/27, 7 p.m. at Wilda Marston Theatre 7pm, $15. After-party at Kodiak Bar & Grill.

MCCA Sunday service 3/28, 2 p.m.

Social Networking: "Use 1/2 the time, get 2x's the attention" 3/30, 7:00p.m. Free workshop with Jay Her at the GLCCA. Please RSVP.

Lez Zeppelin Tribute Band in Girdwood 4/2 and 4/3, 10:00 p.m. at the Sitzmark. Tickets are $17 in advance (call 754-2274) or $20 at the door. Please be over 21 and bring your ID.

Changes to Don't Ask: 'fair' enforcement of an unfair policy (video)

Defense Secretary Gates announced changes in the military's anti-gay policy Don't Ask Don't Tell that limit third-party outings. The Pentagon still wants to make a one year study on the possible effects of a repeal, and Gates said the changes provide a "fair" way to enforce the gay ban while it's in effect.

But the ban itself is unfair, and the repeal effort is heating up. Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo handcuffed themselves to the White House to protest Obama's failure to act on the repeal. Support for the repeal is also growing in Congress, and Alaska's Senator Begich recently said it's time to move on.

Lt. Dan Choi, who faces discharge from the military for being gay, talks with Rachel Maddow about the latest adjustments in the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Court upholds right to attend Prom with a same sex date

Students have a First Amendment right to bring a same-sex date and wear gender non-conforming clothes to the prom, a federal court ruled today. School officials violated Constance McMillen's rights when they canceled the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend and wear a tux.

"All I ever wanted was for my school to treat me and my girlfriend like any other couple that wants to go to prom," said McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. "Now we can all get back to things like picking out our prom night outfits and thinking about corsages."

School officials told McMillen that she could not arrive at the prom with her girlfriend, who is also a student at the school, and that they might be thrown out if any other students complained about their presence. The school board canceled the prom when the ACLU and the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition demanded that the district reverse its decision.
In the 12-page ruling, the court wrote, "The record shows Constance has been openly gay since eighth grade and she intended to communicate a message by wearing a tuxedo and to express her identity through attending prom with a same-sex date. The Court finds this expression and communication of her viewpoint is the type of speech that falls squarely within the purview of the First Amendment. The Court is also of the opinion that the motive behind the School Board's cancellation of the prom, or withdrawal of their sponsorship, was Constance's requests and the ACLU's demand letter sent on her behalf." Further, the court says that since the school represented the private prom being organized by parents at a furniture store as open to all students, then the court expects that event will indeed invite McMillen and her girlfriend.

McMillen said that she plans to attend the "private" prom, but has also long planned to attend the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition's Second Chance Prom, to be held Saturday, May 8 in Tupelo. That event, sponsored by Green Day, Tonic.com, Iron Chef Cat Cora, and Lance Bass, among others, will be open to all LGBT students in the state, as well as straight students who are LGBT-supportive. The MSSC and the ACLU deal every year with complaints from LGBT students all over Mississippi who face resistance from their schools about bringing same-sex dates to proms or who don't feel safe going to their own school proms.

"Today's ruling isn't just a win for Constance and her girlfriend – it's a win for all the students at her school, and for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who just want to be able to be themselves at school without being treated unfairly," said Kristy Bennett, Legal Director of the ACLU of Mississippi. "Public schools can't just stomp on students' free expression rights just because they don't want to deal with these students, and if schools do try to do that they'll be dealing with us."
In Alaska, some LGBT students bring same sex dates to their school prom, if they feel comfortable doing that. Many don't attend prom or bring an opposite sex friend to fit in. But they have the right to bring a same sex date, if they want to.

Alaska also has an alternate prom for LGBT students and their high school allies. The annual Pride Prom is the closing event for Day of Silence/Night of Noise, organized in Anchorage by the Gay-Straight Alliance student clubs.

Senator Begich on Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal: "It's Time"

Asked if he would support a repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, Sen. Begich replied "It's done its time, it's time to move on and change the policy."

"When you look at the militaries of Canada, Great Britain and Australia, they don't have any policy like this, and we're serving arm in arm with them right on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it has not caused any disruption of how we perform our duties. It's done its time, it's time to move on."

Please thank Senator Begich for his support!


- hat tip to Alaskans Together for news of the interview from KTVA (the video is no longer available) and to Think Progress for the short clip above.

Sara's News Round-up 3/21/10

This week's LGBT news roundup from Sara Boesser in Juneau, Alaska.

Advocate, March 15, 2010

Miami, Miami Herald, March 15, 2010

South Africa, Washington Post, March 12, 2010

New South Whales, Australia, SameSame, March 10, 2010

Washington, D.C., Metro Weekly, March 11, 2010

Chicago, Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2010

Rome, Advocate, March 13, 2010

Copenhagen, Denmark, Associated Press, March 10, 2010

Los Angeles, The Chronicle, March 16, 2010

Advocate, March 17, 2010

Ohio, Back Door FanHouse, March 8, 2010

Richmond, Virginia, Washington Post, March 11, 2010

Nepal, 365Gay.com, March 15, 2010

New Haven, Conn., Register, March 19, 2010

Vatican, BBC News, March 20, 2010

Albany, NY, Times Union, March 20, 2010

SB 202, Pride events, CoC vendors, MCC cents & Student Advocates

Gay AK: Notes from and for LGBT Alaska


SB 202 Adds Gender Identity
Good news: The Alaska Hate Crimes Bill (SB 202) passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee, with the gender amendment added. Senators French, Egan & Wielechowski voted with us, Senators McGuire & Coghill voted against. A new version of the bill will be posted with the amendments, and it may be referred to the Finance committee. Thank you for sending messages, POM's and testimony to Judiciary, and stay tuned for the contact addresses for Finance members.

Seeking PrideFest events
Alaska PrideFest 2010 is encouraging all groups, in all Alaskan cities, to submit activities scheduled during Pride Week (June 19-27) for publication and promotion on the new Alaska PrideFest web site. Please send time, date, location and a brief description to Gail, PrideFest Planning Co-Chair. We are also seeking parade participants, park-strip vendors, stage entertainers and happy volunteers to help make "2010: A Pride Odyssey" an event to remember.

'Masqueerade' vendors, ads, tickets
RAW is calling for Celebration of Change vendors and program ads. Sell your wares: $25 for a table and $25 for a business card ad in the program. They are also looking for more fabulous volunteer crew members to help make this show a success. Celebration of Change is on March 27 at the Wilda Marston Theatre. Tickets are $15, available at Metro and the GLCCA. Volunteer application and vender/ad information at Celebration.

Search for MCC Anchorage
Your Internet searches can raise funds for MCC Anchorage. Go to Good Search and paste "Metropolitan Community Church of Anchorage" for the charity name (the 2nd box.) Then MCCA will get revenue for every search. The second option is to install a non-intrusive toolbar which appears on your web browser so you don't need to change your homepage. It's a great way for non-profits to make a bit of change.

Student Advocate of the Year
Do you know a high school student who should be recognized for advancing LGBT equality in his or her school or community? If so, nominate them to win GLSEN's 2010 Student Advocate of the Year Award, presented by AT&T. The winner travels all-expenses-paid to New York City to attend GLSEN's 2010 New York Respect Awards on 5/24, where his or her unique accomplishments as an exemplary student leader will be honored. Login and complete the nomination form by April 2 at the Student Advocate of the Year contest.

Alaska Women Speak summer issue
Alaska Women Speak Quarterly is a periodical by and for Alaska Women. We are looking for contributions of prose, poetry and art on the Summer 2010 theme of "My-topia." You know what Utopia is, what's your -topia? As always, we are in need of donations to keep the presses rolling. Send writings by 5/15 to Alaska Women Speak, and donations to AWS, PO Box 210045, Anchorage 99521. Thanks for your continued support.

This Week in LGBT Alaska 3/19/10

Enjoy this week's LGBT events from Alaska GLBT News.

Juneau

SEAGLA Social Fridays (6-8 p.m.) for GLBT people and our friends over 21, at The Imperial Bar.


Fairbanks

UAF Gay-Straight Alliance meets 4 p.m Friday in the Alumni Lounge.

Wednesday Social Group Retreat Weekend 3/19-3/21. Contact Joshua for the location.


Mat-Su Valley

Mat-Su LGBT Community Center in Palmer is open M-F 5-8 p.m. (except 6-8 on Wed.) The social group meets Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. at Vagabond Blues.


Anchorage

RAW's Celebration of Change Art Show Reception 3/19, 7 p.m. at Kodiak Bar and Grill.

Integrity, the Episcopal GLBT Advocacy Group, meets at St. Mary's 3/19, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome for the monthly (3rd Friday) potluck, fellowship and worship.

QrSA Youth Initiative Drop-In 3/20, 12-3 p.m. at the GLCCA.

Imperial Crown Princess/Prince XVIII Candidate Walk-about 3/20, 8:30 p.m. at The Raven, 10 p.m. at Myrna's.

MCCA Sunday service 2/21, 2 p.m.

Miss MeMe's Birthday Gospel Show 3/21, 5-7 p.m. fundraiser at Mad Myrna's.

Anchorage LGBT Book Lovers Club 3/24, 6:30 p.m. at the GLCCA.

GetEQUAL Today

Two LGBT actions took place Thursday, one on each coast: a rally and protest in DC against Don't Ask Don't Tell, and a San Francisco sit-in and national call-in for ENDA, the 'don't fire me for being gay' bill that is stalled in committee. Both actions are connected to GetEQUAL.org, "a movement of everyday people dedicated to full equality" that includes Will Phillips, the 10 year old boy who refuses to say the pledge until LGBT people have equal rights.

First, Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo handcuffed themselves to the White House to protest Obama's failure to act on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell:


On the west coast, GetEQUAL is holding a peaceful sit-in at Pelosi's SF office until she agrees to move ENDA forward, and supporting the protest with a nationwide call-in:
"Can you call Speaker Pelosi's office right now and demand that ENDA (HR 3017) come to the floor for a vote? 202.225.4965."
"A majority of Congress supports this bill to stop job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but promises to bring it to a vote last fall were broken several times," writes Jillian Weiss for GetEQUAL. "We have visited, called and written Congress by the thousands, and have been ignored... This 'tyrrany of the majority' must stop. Nonviolent direct action is relevant and needed and it's happening now."

"ENDA is important because studies show that LGBT workers endure high unemployment, underemployment and harassment. We have to lie and hide in order to get and keep a job. In 30 states across America, there is no law against firing someone based on his or her sexual orientation, and the same is true in 38 states for gender identity."

"Ask Police Officer Michael Carney of Springfield, Massachusetts, who testified before Congress about the harassment he had to endure in the station house before being fired. Ask Vandy Beth Glenn of Atlanta, Georgia, who told Congress about being fired from her job as a proofreader with the Georgia legislature because she is transgender. This has gone on long enough."

Shoot, ask the LGBT people in Anchorage who worked hard to get job and housing protections last year only to have Mayor Sullivan veto Ordinance 64 - his first of several unpopular vetoes. Please call Speaker Pelosi today, then join GetEQUAL:
I join with others who are ready to take bold action to demand equality for LGBTQ people. I will not accept excuses, delays, compromises, or empty promises, and I will hold accountable any person or organization who stands in the way. I will push back, rise up, and speak out against all forms of discrimination that plague our community.
"The mission at GetEQUAL is simple: to create a movement of everyday people—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight—who are dedicated to bringing about full legal and social equality. We believe there are millions of Americans who are tired of waiting and are ready to act. Our goal is to serve and grow this constituency by helping them take strategic, coordinated, bold action to demand equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way."

"We know it will take all of us working together to reach our goals, so we seek to create a broad and inclusive community. GetEQUAL will bring together people of every sex, gender, race, class, age, ability, look, religion, family status, or citizenship; those who can contribute in small ways, and those who are able to put themselves on the line. United, we can build a more powerful movement to demand change. We invite you to join us, and ask your friends and family to do the same."

Watch 10-year-old Will Phillips of West Fork, Arkansas, talk about how we all need to take risks and get in a little trouble if we want to achieve full equality for LGBTQ people:

Outed Lesbian Sergeant returns to Alaska

Jene Newsome, an Air Force sergeant stationed in South Dakota, was outed by city police, discharged under Don't Ask Don't Tell, and has returned home to Fairbanks with her wife Cheryl Hutson. They created a Justice for Jene! Facebook page, and ask us to contact the Rapid City mayor and council on her behalf.

Newsome served nine years in the Air Force before the forced honorable discharge ended her career. She lived according to the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and never told them about her orientation.

But the Rapid City police did tell. They told the Air Force they saw a marriage certificate at Newsome's home when they showed up with a warrant for Hutson, who was wanted on theft charges in Alaska. Newsome was not named on the warrant and did not commit any crime. The couple had married in Iowa, where gay marriage is legal just across the South Dakota border.

Please send an email to the Mayor of Rapid City, the Police Chief, and the City Council asking that:
1. the officers involved in outing Jene Newsome be reprimanded, and the police department issue an official apology to her, and
2. Rapid City implement a non-discrimination policy that includes protections for LGBT people and applies to the police department.

Rapid City Mayor Alan Hanks: mayor@rcgov.org
Police Chief Steve Allender: adminInt3@rcgov.org
Contact information for the Rapid City Council Members is HERE.

Newsome and the ACLU of South Dakota filed a complaint against the police for invasion of privacy, but the bigger problem is the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. President Obama promised to support a repeal, and a majority of the public agrees that qualified gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve. Congress is expected to introduce a repeal this summer, and Defense secretary Robert Gates asked the Pentagon to start changing the policy. The third-party outing that ended Newsome's career is yet another example of why Don't Ask Don't Tell must be repealed.

Keep up to date with Jene and Cheri on the Justice for Jene! fan page.

Support the Alaska Hate Crimes Bill (SB 202)

The Alaska Hate Crimes Bill (SB 202) has a second hearing before the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 17. Alaskans Together asks us to contact our state senators in support of SB 202 with gender identity added.

Senator Bettye Davis introduced SB 202 earlier this month, and five people testified in favor of the bill at the first committee hearing. The full text of the bill is HERE.

Please send a message today in support of SB 202. Ask the Judiciary Committee to add gender identity and expression and to pass the amended bill out of committee.

Here are 2 ways to contact the senators in support of the Alaska Hate Crimes Bill. Alaskans Together provided the contact info and a suggested message:

1. Send an email message to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee plus the bill's sponsor, Senator Davis. It is always a good idea to copy your own state senator as well.

Senator Hollis French

Senator Bill Wielechowski

Senator Dennis Egan

Senator Lesil McGuire

Senator John Coghill

Senator Bettye Davis

2. Another option is a Public Opinion Message or POM, a short and easy-to-send 50 word message that should be addressed specifically to the Senators listed in the previous paragraph. Send the POM from the Alaska State Public Opinion Message System.

Your POM could say something like:
"I strongly support SB 202 with an amendment that adds gender identity and expression to Section 11.76.150(a). Please pass this bill, with a gender identity amendment, out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 17th."

Alaskans Together supports the amendment of SB 202 to add the phrase "gender identity and expression" to Sec. 11.76.150 (a) because:

a) it covers crimes motivated by prejudice, bias, or hatred based on the victim's sexual orientation as well as on other inherent characteristics, but does not yet cover gender identity.

b) people who are perceived as gender variant, whether heterosexual or gay, seem "different" to some people and may evoke a violent emotional response leading to harm.

c) a substantial number of crimes have been documented that are based on the societal perception of someone as "too feminine" or "too masculine," or transgender. These crimes can include bullying in schools as well as assault and battery throughout Alaskan communities.

Alaskans Together supports the Alaska Hate Crimes Bill (SB 202) because:

a) it covers crimes motivated by prejudice, bias, or hatred based on the victim's sexual orientation as well as on other inherent characteristics.

b) we recognize that hate crimes are not limited to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community but occur throughout minority communities and are designed to create fear. This bill emphasizes that Alaska has no tolerance for such acts.

c) the Alaska court system has primary jurisdiction over crimes of assault and battery which may result in prosecution as hate crimes when occurring in Alaska.

d) Alaska prosecutors and law enforcement officials need the support and force of an Alaska statute in order to most effectively investigate, prosecute, and track all potential hate crimes within the state.

If you have questions on SB 202, please contact Alaskans Together.

Sara's News Round-up 3/14/10

This week's LGBT news roundup from Sara Boesser in Juneau, Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska, Associated Press, March 13, 2010

Beverly Hills, Calif., Jewish Journal, March 9, 2010

Cleveland, Ohio, March 2010

Advocate, March 8, 2010

Washington, NPR, March 8, 2010

Jackson, Miss., Associated Press, March 10, 2010

Advocate, April, 2010

VH1.com, January 15, 2010

Advocate, March 6, 2010

Stuff, March 7, 2010

Advocate, March 07, 2010

Boulder, Colorado, Chicago Tribune, March 8, 2010

Center for American Progress, March 11, 2010

Sacramento, Calif., 365Gay.com, March 8, 2010

Los Angeles, Access Hollywood, March 12, 2010

Job Opening, 1138 Benefits, Health Care Denied & Queer the Census

Gay AK: News and notes for LGBT Alaska

Job Opening: Manager for Alaska LGBT Rights Project
The ACLU of Alaska is looking for a new LGBT Rights Project Advocacy & Campaign Manager. Read the position description and learn about the ACLU of Alaska.

1138 Benefits Denied to Same-Sex Couples
Project 1138 is designed to increase awareness of the 1,138 federal marital benefits and protections denied to same-sex couples as the result of marriage inequality. For more than a thousand reasons, YOUR relationship deserves equal treatment under the law. Take a stand against inequality and share your story on Equality Forum's Project 1138. Separate is not Equal.

The Importance of Being Counted: LGBT in the 2010 Census
The 2010 Census is being mailed to us this month, and same-sex couples can indicate our relationships, although there are no questions for sexual orientation or gender identity. Tell our legislators that gay Americans exist! It will be another 10 years before the next Census — let's make this one count. Queer the Census.

Lambda Legal's 2010 Health Care Report
"When Health Care Isn''t Caring: Lambda Legal''s Survey on Discrimination Against LGBT People and People Living with HIV." The survey looks at refusal of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a national scale. This data can influence decisions being made about how health care is delivered in this country now and in the future. The report can be downloaded online.

This Week in LGBT Alaska 3/12/10

The week's LGBT events from Alaska GLBT News.

Juneau

Emma's Revolution/ Pat Humphries & Sandy O in Concert 3/18, 7:30 p.m. Juneau Pride Chorus opens the show at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. (Emma's Revolution will also perform in Sitka and be live guests on KTOO radio.)

SEAGLA Social Fridays (6-8 p.m.) for GLBT people and our friends over 21, at The Imperial Bar.


Fairbanks

UAF Gay-Straight Alliance Meeting 4 p.m on Friday in the Alumni Lounge.

Wednesday Social at 9 p.m. Contact Joshua for the current location.


Mat-Su Valley

Mat-Su LGBT Community Center in Palmer is open M-F 5-8 p.m. (except 6-8 on Wed.) The social group meets Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. at Vagabond Blues.


Anchorage

Over Coffee: A Conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith 3/12, 8-9:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Community Church.

OUT's "Pop Superstar Night" Drag Show 3/13, 7 p.m. in the UAA Commons. Imperial Court judges, MC Paige, and stand up comedy by Colleen Crinklaw at intermission. Tickets $5, half of all proceeds donated to the GLCCA.

Holcombe Waller performing at Out North 3/12-3/14 at 7:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. on Sunday.

MCCA Chili Cook Off 3/14 at 3 p.m., following the 2 p.m. Sunday service.

Alaskans Together Anchorage organizing meeting 3/14, 4 p.m. at the GLCCA

Gay Games presentation and Team Alaska 3/17, 7 p.m. at the GLCCA

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