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Postby oregon » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:01 am

Good Morning,

Any advice on tolerance in Alaska? Particularly with the LGBTQ community. There are areas in Oregon that are very "opinionated" and to be honest, dangerous towards this set of individuals and we are a blue state. Alaska is big and so we are narrowing down our application venues so transparency is key with this one. I'm sure the larger cities are fine and I hear the inside passage or interior passage is okay....any other places that would be welcoming?
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Re: Tolerance

Postby Bushteachers » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:24 pm

My personal experience in the bush, is that most Alaskans have a live and let live mentality.
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Re: Tolerance

Postby ksralaska » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:01 am

I can't speak from personal experience in this regard, but there are definitely communities that you might want to avoid. My best advice because there are so many communities in AK is to find someone there who knows it well and ask them. However, I would agree that there are many communities that hold a "to each their own" mentality and even if prejudice exists it might not surface.

The other thing is that in isolated communities with little LGBT exposure, people have absolutely no clue. The only way to break down some barriers is to expose folks to reality. Most people when given the chance will change any stereotypes they might have.

I hope you find a community that works. There's a lot of fantastic towns out there!
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Re: Tolerance

Postby jamieburgess » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:35 pm

I agree with bushteachers - Alaska is a place where you will find a lot of eccentrics and quirky people, and people are pretty tolerant in general. Every community is a little different, though, so do some research.
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