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City council members in Kenai and Soldotna are pushing for the expansion of statewide hate crimes legislation to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” Last month the Soldotna City Council voted 5-1 in favor of a resolution urging state legislators to pass House Bill 198. Sponsored by Rep. Andy Josephson, D-Anchorage the bill would add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to categories like race, sex, religion, national origin and others when determining sentencing for hate...

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will meet again tonight, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. During the last meeting, Jan. 21, the board listened to nearly two hours of public testimony regarding the school district’s plan to introduce LGBTQ curriculum into high school English and social studies classes. Public comment on the proposal consisted on seven testimonies against adding curriculum that promotes LGBTQ sexuality to teens, and 18 comments supporting new additions. Of the...

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In 1978, the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), otherwise known as the Hatch Amendment was passed after parents were shocked and outraged to learn that trusted teachers were using the classroom for therapy instead of education. Teachers pried into the private lives of students and their family by asking sensitive information about political, religious and personal beliefs. Little did parents realize that teachers would overstep their bounds once again by asking questions of a sexual nature...

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The big issue in Fairbanks this week was the pornographic LGBT curriculum the Fairbanks North Star School District’s curriculum committee is trying to add to literature classes. A lot of concerned citizens showed up for the Jan. 21 School Board meeting to testify. The room was standing room only with people out the door. They then found out that the school board only allows one hour of testimony, so most didn’t get to speak, and...

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A storm is brewing in Fairbanks as residents mobilize to oppose the Fairbanks North Star School District’s plan to introduce radical LGBTQ sexual themes into classroom courses. On Jan. 21 a group of concerned parents and community members plan to attend the school board meeting to express their concerns. They hope to encourage others to join. In the process of updating its literature and social studies classes, the district is attempting to add classes that...

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While many elected officials are preparing for the pivotal challenge of Alaska Legislature to address the state’s mounting fiscal crisis, Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson, an Anchorage Democrat, wants to set aside time to convince colleagues that celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month is an integral part of being an Alaskan. Her Senate Bill 147 would permanently establish June as LGBTQ Pride Month. Prefiled on Jan. 17, the legislation looks to celebrate Alaska’s “vibrant cultural diversity” and to “dismiss...

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In the face of community resistance, the Fairbanks North Star School district remains undeterred in its push to introduce controversial LGBTQ curriculum into classrooms. A group working on the plan met Jan. 9 in Fairbanks to discuss a second draft of proposed curriculum that would expose youth to sexual themes in English and social studies classes. The school district’s executive director of teaching and learning, began the Jan. 9 meeting with a warning that it...

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Planned Parenthood, Alaska’s largest provider of abortions, held a strategic planning session on Jan. 7 in Anchorage. The event took place at Writer’s Block Café where a “We Support Planned Parenthood” sign stood in the window. About 30 people came, including Anchorage Rep. Andy Josephson, Anchorage School Board candidate James Smallwood and Alaska House candidate Janice Park who is running for Anchorage seat 25. Also on hand were several Alaska Watchman allies. Here’s what they...

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Jan. 9 is the next meeting for a group of Fairbanks educators working on a curriculum update that includes books and material that expose students to controversial LGBT sexual ideologies. The Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has already received community pushback for its first draft, which included LGBTQ material in high school social studies and English classes. A revised second draft could be ready for comment by Jan. 9....

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The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) was named the top LGBTQ-friendly college for Alaska by the Campus Pride Index. In partnership with Campus Pride, BestColleges.com released its rankings earlier this year to help students of various sexual and gender identities find institutions that back the LGBTQ political and cultural agendas. According to a press release, the ranking is based on several criteria, including housing and residential life resources, “like roommate matching so students can find...

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