Election Day in Anchorage: LGBT rights on the line!

Yes on 5 voter activation this morning in Anchorage. Photo credit Tim Pearson.

The Task Force has been working with One Anchorage for months to extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people in Anchorage, Alaska, and voters will decide the fate of Proposition 5 in today’s election. Early this morning, Task Force organizer Renee Rathjen joined enthusiastic One Anchorage volunteers who stood outside in 22 degree weather for a visibility rally to turn out the “Yes” on 5 vote.

One Anchorage has been holding get-out-the-vote phonebanks throughout the day with large turnout from supporters and volunteers. The Task Force has helped One Anchorage hold remote phonebanks leading up to the election to fight the opposition’s shameful TV and radio ads.

Hopes are high that we will defeat the opposition’s scare tactics to finally provide protections to LGBT people in housing, employment and public accommodations in Anchorage. You can read about the Task Force’s fundraising work on the campaign from our senior training manager, Trina Olson, who helped the campaign raise over $10,000 during her fundraising training and our work to tell our personal stories from field organizer Causten Wollerman.

Stay tuned for an update on the results as they come in!