Ugly Betty, Equality Mixer, ATE update

Gay AK - notes for and from LGBTQ Alaska

Justin's Episode on "Ugly Betty"
GLESN and the creative team of "Ugly Betty" have announced that the character Justin will come to terms with his sexual identity in an April 7 episode. "Your support for GLSEN is making real storylines, just like Justin's, possible in schools all over our country. We applaud the work you do, and hope you'll be watching with all of us at Ugly Betty as we help our much-loved Justin take the next step in his personal coming out journey."

Equality Works Mixer
Join Equality Works for a night of entertainment, education, and community-building, on April 10 at 7 p.m. Meet other people interested in making Anchorage safe for gay and transgender Alaskans. Test your knowledge of LGBT issues and politics in the U.S. Find out how you can help Equality Works move Alaska forward. Be there for the start of something beautiful. E-mail Tiffany McClain for address and directions or call (907) 258-0044 ext. 2006.

DADT, ENDA and AK Hate Crimes updates
Alaskans Together for Equality, Inc. (ATE) continues to monitor legislation at the federal and state level. The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1283/S. 3065) is moving forward to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. In addition, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017/S. 1584) is making its way through Congress. In order for these two pieces of legislation to continue to move forward we need your help. If you haven't already, please contact our Congressional delegation and voice your support for these two important pieces of legislation.

In Alaska, we have been monitoring Senate Bill 202 (Alaska Hate Crimes Legislation) that is making its way through the State Senate. If passed as amended it will cover crimes motivated by prejudice, bias, or hatred based on the victim's sexual orientation as well as on other inherent characteristics. For more news, to become an ATE member or to volunteer for ATE visit Alaskans Together for Equality.

Celebration wrap-up from RAW
"Thanks for another awesome Celebration! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, performers, crew and committees that helped make this year's Celebration of Change a success. Special thanks to Metro and GLCCA for selling tickets and Kodiak for hosting the after party. And thanks to all that came out and watched the show. See you next year!" Radical Arts for Women.

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