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Alaska Elects Its First Out State Legislators

Jennie Armstrong, Ashley Carrick, and Andrew Gray have broken a lavender ceiling.

Meet the Potential First Out State Reps in Alaska, South Dakota

There are four states with no out LGBTQ+ legislators, but that number could be cut in half with this year's election.

A Real Threat to Marriage Equality Looms Over Alaska

"I promise that I will stand firm in Juneau to ensure that marriage equality remains the law of the land," says Alaska House candidate Andrew Gray.

LGBTQ+ GOP Group Endorses Sarah Palin for Congress

The Log Cabin Republicans released a list of endorsements which includes Sarah Palin and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Beating Palin, Dem Mary Peltola to Be First Alaska Native in House

Peltola makes history and Democrats score another congressional victory.

Marriage Equality Bill Could Pass Senate Despite Some GOP Opposition

Republican senators mostly balked at the House-passed bill that would codify marriage equality into federal law, but a narrow path to overcome a filibuster seems to exist.

Gay Alaska Congressional Candidate Receives Death Threat

Christopher Constant is one of almost 50 candidates running for the state's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Antimasker Who Used Gay Slur at Lawmaker Is Now Dead of COVID

Paul Kendall (pictured, left) used the slur against gay Anchorage Assembly member Chris Constant.

Alaska Allows Medicaid to Cover Gender-Affirming Health Care

Following a lawsuit, the red state begrudgingly changes its policy.

Extremist Alaska Attorney General Wanted Drag Queen Burned Alive

A Twitter account connected to Assistant Attorney General Matthias Cicotte posted violent comments about race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Murkowski Challenger Endorsed 'Ex-Gay' Therapy, Denounced 'Twilight'

A CNN KFile report details the far-right views of Kelly Tshibaka, a candidate challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Anchorage Becomes First Alaskan City to Ban Conversion Therapy

The Last Frontier's largest city has nixed use of the harmful practice on LGBTQ+ youth.

Alaska Town Rallies Around Same-Sex Couple Denied Service by Florist

A Ketchikan, Alaska, florist declined to provide flowers for the wedding of Tommy Varela and Stephen Kossak.

Alaska Considers LGBTQ Category for Hate-Crime Law

Alaska is one of 19 states that doesn't already cover attacks motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity.

Alaska Homeless Shelter Wins Right to Turn Away Trans Women

This comes in a settlement between the faith-based shelter and the city of Anchorage that also pays the Alliance Defending Freedom $100,000 in city funds to cover its legal work.

88 Photos of Alaskans Celebrating Pride and Diversity by Russ Reno

On June 29, 2019, an estimated 12,000 people attended Anchorage PrideFest and the Pride Parade. 

Meet One of the Nation's First Intersex Politicians

Kathy Ottersten made history last year, and vows to continue fighting for the underdog in not only their state but around the world. 

Alaska Homeless Shelter's Suit Challenges Trans Protections

A faith-based shelter in Anchorage, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, claims the city's nondiscrimination law violates its constitutional rights.

110 Photos of 7 Fully Packed Days of Alaska Pride

Alaska photographer Russ Reno gives us a complete picture — with inventory — of a robust Pride in Anchorage.

Transphobe Disrupts Drag Queen Story Hour

Several children were exposed to a notorious anti-LGBT troll.