Look Out Sarah Palin!

Anchorage Alaska has elected two openly gay men to their Assembly, making them the first openly LGBT officials in Alaska!

Felix Riviera won his race with 47% of the vote despite the fact that his opponent, Don Smith, sent out homophobic mailers the weekend before the election saying that Felix’s agenda “revolves around inflicting his moral and religious ideology onto your family” and that he wants to  “release rapists and murderers into society.”.

Christopher Constant, a longtime LGBTQ activist in Alaska, defeated five opponents with 52 percent of the vote.

Both candidates received support from Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT public officials in US political life.

Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills  said: “These historic wins in Anchorage will reverberate throughout the entire state of Alaska.

“There are currently zero LGBTQ elected officials serving in all of Alaska – so Felix and Christopher will be much needed voices when they take office.

“We know that representation is power – and that LGBTQ elected officials humanize our lives and change political and policy debates. The wins for Felix and Christopher will lead to more inclusive legislation that benefits all residents of Anchorage.”

Up until now, Alaska was best(?) known politically as home to homophobic Republican ex-Governor Sarah Palin, who spoke at a hate group conference in 2014 that compared same sex marriage to the Holocaust, and defended anti-gay rants made by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson without even reading his comments.

Here’s to Felix Riviera and Christopher Constant. Have fun boys!

 

PHOTO CREDIT: AC Media/Alaska Commons

 

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