In a somewhat surprising move, the three conservative-leaning Anchorage Assembly members enthusiastically joined their hard leftist colleagues in unanimously approving a resolution encouraging Anchorage residents to enthusiastically celebrate and affirm sexual identities and preferences associated with homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism.
Upon approving a resolution establishing June as “Pride Month,” the entire Anchorage Assembly gave a standing ovation as several people who identify as LGBTQIA2+ proudly stood in front of the podium.
Conservative Assemblymen Scott Myers and Kevin Cross – both from Eagle River – can be seen clapping on video, while fellow conservative Randy Sulte participated via phone line.
Once the Assembly finished applauding, several gay and transgender identifying representatives from the LGBTQ community addressed the elected officials.
After thanking them for “using government to uplift our community, instead of restrict our rights,” the LGBTQ representatives urged the Assembly to “create safe spaces for our queer and trans, black and indigenous, multi-racial, peoples of color.” The Assembly was told to make sure these groups are “getting their rights.”
Vincent Feuilles, a biological woman who now identifies as a man, spoke on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Feuilles is president of the Queen’s Guard, an activist group that places a heavy emphasis on influencing youth with LGBTQ ideology. Feuilles’ group promotes drag queen performances for young children, as well as other youth events that encourage children to embrace various sexual identities through exposure to shows featuring homosexual, bisexual and transgender performers.
Feuilles praised the Assembly for helping to “lead the way” in highlighting the LGBTQ agenda.
“Resolutions like this help to affirm that,” Feuilles said, before proceeding to criticize recent laws passed in other states, which Feuilles deems “harmful” to LGBTQ youth.
Feuilles didn’t specify which laws were objectionable, but a number of states have passed legislation to protect girls’ sports from biological males who claim to be female. Other states, such as Florida, have approved laws against sexualized drag queen shows for minors. Several states have passed laws prohibiting so-called “gender affirming care” for minor, which includes life altering cross-sex hormones, puberty blockers and surgeries that remove or permanently destroy otherwise healthy organs.
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The Pride month resolution, lavished praise on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who staged the violent 1969 Stonewall Riots against New York City police. It also lauded the “brave pioneers” who organized Anchorage’s first LGBTQ demonstration in 1970.
The proclamation asserts that “Anchorage’s LGBTQIA2S+ community is America’s story” and “an integral part of our long, ongoing struggle to realize the American promise of equality under the law and equality of opportunity in our society, while protecting and guaranteeing privacy rights.” It ends by imploring residents to participate in various public celebrations of alternative sexuality and gender identity.
Upon passage of the resolution, openly gay Assemblyman Felix Rivera highlighted the fact that Anchorage will have a Pride parade later this month.
“I think its very exciting that we are getting back into the cycle of having a parade and a festival,” he said, adding that it is an especially important message for youth.
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