On Thursday, August 13, Assemblyman Bill Evans filed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT residents of the municipality. The proposal aims to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in municipal equal rights law.
“The ability of every person in society to be judged based upon their skill, accomplishments, and talents, and not because of some immutable characteristics, is a result we should encourage,” Evans said in a press release. “At a time when we need more citizens to be productive income generators, we cannot tolerate impediments to employment that are not based on actual performance.”
Evans is a conservative member of the body, in the second year of his first term serving South Anchorage. Previous to his tenure on the Assembly, he served twice as the chair of the Board of Directors for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.