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May 18, 2021

Anchorage Assembly Meeting – Non-Discrimination Ordinance Testimony

You can stream the Assembly meeting live HERE. More public testimony will be taken on the non-discrimination ordinance. Chair Debbie Ossiander has stated that there are 250 people left to testify who signed up last week.  88 people were heard then.  Each person has approximately 3 minutes to speak, but people were reminded that all must be heard before discussion among Assembly members can begin. My understanding is that testimony on the non-discrimination ordinance will begin at 7pm Alaska time (8pm Pacific/11pm Eastern) Feel free to live blog the event in the comments.  I know many who enjoyed rereading your…

Equal Rights in Anchorage. A Small Step on a Long Road.

Last night was the Anchorage Assembly meeting in which the public was invited to give testimony about ordinance #64, which ensures non-discrimination in housing, education and employment for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered persons. Pastor Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage mega-church the Anchorage Baptist Temple was the one organizing those in opposition to the passage of the ordinance.  We all knew it was going to be a dramatic evening. As I was heading out the door, I remembered that I’d gotten something from Equality Works in an email saying to wear blue.  So, I quickly ran upstairs and changed into…