and gay couples in Alaska are not being treated equally under
the state’s Senior Citizen
Property Exemption laws.
Alaska married residents 65 years of age or
older are exempt from taxation on the first $150,000 of the assessed
value of their homes, whether the property is held in the
name of the husband, wife, or both.
Same-sex domestic partners can’t receive
the full exemption. State law treats same-sex partners
as roommates and the exemption is reduced.
If You Are:
In a long-term, committed relationship
with your partner AND
At least one partner is 65 or over AND
You are living with your partner in a home
that one or both of you own
The ACLU of Alaska would like your help in challenging
the state’s unequal treatment of same-sex partners. Please
contact the LGBT Public Policy Coordinator at email@example.com or 276-2258 to learn more.
employers such as a municipal governments, state agencies, and
school districts have an obligation to provide the same benefits
to same-sex domestic partners that they provide to spouses. The
ACLU of Alaska wants to ensure that all Alaskans are receiving
equal benefits, and conducted a survey of all public agencies
in the State of Alaska. Click
here to read an initial summary of our findings to date,
and learn what you can do to receive your benefits or help expand
Schools have a responsibility to keep students safe – and that includes to be free of harassment, bullying or intimidation based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. If your school does not take action to protect you from harassment, you can contact the Professional Teaching Practices Commission and file an official complaint, or you may contact the ACLU of Alaska. Click here to read more about you or your child’s rights as a student.
Conversations: Watch the people who defend
our civil liberties discuss what it takes and why they care.
Matt Coles, director
of the ACLU LGBT Project, joins the conversation to talk about
his life working in gay rights, coming out, surviving the AIDS
crisis and fighting for LGBT equality.
This episode contains three video chapters, each four minutes
Closets and Amendments
From AIDS to ACLU
Power of Storytelling
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Call to testimony for LGBT
citizens! Discrimination in Alaska: The American
Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Wants You to Share Your Story
According to a
recent survey, 44% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
Alaskans and their allies believe that discrimination is the
most pressing social problem affecting their lives personally.
Now that we know the numbers, we need your stories to make your
experiences real to the people who are in a position to change
In 1989, Identity Inc. published Identity
Reports: Sexual Orientation Bias in Alaska, a thorough
and eye-opening study that documented incidents of discrimination,
violence, and harassment against LGBT people living in our
state. It has been almost twenty years since anyone has collected
similar testimony and while a lot has changed, we know that
anti-LGBT discrimination and harassment persists. This is your
opportunity to tell us how.
Your Story With Us!
Who are you? (gender
did the incident occur? Over how long a period of time?)
Where were you when it
part of Alaska? At work? At school? In a public place?)
Can we contact you to
follow up? (Phone?
E-mail? None of your identifying information will
be shared without your expressed permission.)
Help Us Make Alaska a Fair and Equitable
Place To Live
E-mail your testimony to the
LGBT Public Policy Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the web site of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska
and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Foundation. Learn more about the distinction between these two components of