Advocates call on Alaska school district to address bullying

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) | Advocates have called on an Alaska school district to do more to protect vulnerable students after a group of boys tried to enter a girls’ restroom at a high school to take photos for social media.

Multiple people spoke at a school board meeting of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District on April 15, criticizing the district’s handling of the bathroom incident, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

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Alaska mayor vetoes LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) |  The mayor of Alaska’s second-largest city vetoed a new local law March 1 that gave sweeping equal rights protections to the LGBTQ community —  just days after the City Council approved it.

Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly said he hopes to put the issue on the ballot in October and let voting residents decide, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported March 1.

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Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states urged a U.S. judge on Jan. 11 to block Alaska’s largest city from requiring a faith-based women’s shelter to accept transgender women.

Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the city of Anchorage to stop it from applying a gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter, which denied entry to a transgender woman last year. The lawsuit says homeless shelters are exempt from the local law and that constitutional principles of privacy and religious freedom are at stake.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Anchorage shelter seeks to exclude transgender people

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A faith-based women’s homeless shelter in Anchorage is suing to block the city from requiring it to accept transgender women, which it said would violate its religious beliefs.

Lawyers for Alliance Defending Freedom filed a motion in federal court Nov. 1 seeking an injunction to stop the city from applying its gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter in Anchorage. The conservative Christian law firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, says homeless shelters are exempt from the local law, yet the city has used the law to “investigate, harass, and pressure” the downtown shelter.

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Discrimination complaint filed against shelter’s attorney

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ABOVE: Attorney Kevin Clarkson who will represent the Downtown Hope Center. Photo courtesy of Brena, Bell and Clarkson Attorney Law Firm’s website.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A discrimination complaint was filed against an Anchorage attorney who is defending a homeless shelter from a discrimination complaint.

KTUU-TV reports attorney Kevin Clarkson is representing the Downtown Hope Center after Samantha Coyle filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission in February, claiming it refused her entry because of her gender identity.

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06.28.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Growing up there were a lot of things I wanted to do with my life. I remember my mom telling me stories about when I was a kid telling her I was going to be the President of the United States. Well that didn’t happen, and at this point I don’t think I would want that office.

I developed a passion for writing not long after that. When I was a young teen that passion for writing turned into a passion for journalism after I saw the movie “All The President’s Men” on HBO. If I couldn’t be President, maybe I could be one of the guys who brought one down.

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Homer gay pride recognition leads to canceled city meeting

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ABOVE: Council Members Tom Stroozas, Shelly Erickson, Donna Aderhold, Mayor Bryan Zak, Rachel Lord, Heath Smith and Caroline Venuti. Image from city of Homer, Alaska website.

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A city council meeting in Alaska where the mayor had planned to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month was canceled after council members failed to show.

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‘Drag Race’ alum Alaska cast in final ‘Sharknado’ movie

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Alaska has been cast in the final installment of the “Sharknado” TV movie series.

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season two winner will join Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott and La Toya Jackson in “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.”

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Anchorage voters first in the nation to reject anti-trans bathroom bill

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Voters in Alaska’s largest city are on track to becoming the first in the U.S. to defeat a so-called bathroom bill in a referendum that asked them to require people using public bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender at birth.

The initiative asked Anchorage’s voters to repeal an ordinance passed in 2015 that prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation and added a clause that would have prevented transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities.

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Funko announces first line of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Pop! Vinyls

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Clear some space on your shelf because Funko, the U.S. toy company known for creating toys and collectibles based on pop culture properties, announced on Twitter that the first line of Pop! Vinyl figures based on RuPaul’s Drag Race are being released.

The Drag Race series of vinyl characters will start with show namesake RuPaul, All Stars 2 winner Alaska and Trixie Mattel, who is scheduled to appear in All Stars 3.

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Alaska joins VH1 horror reality series ‘Scared Famous’

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Alaska has joined VH1’s horror reality series, “Scared Famous.”

VH1 is bringing together its most outrageous reality stars to stay in a mansion in Savannah, Georgia, known as one of the most haunted cities in America. The stars will compete in a series of horror movie-themed challenges to win the grand prize of $100,000 to donate to their favorite charity.

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