With this second edition of the Inclusive Alaska Guide, we are proud to celebrate 76 champions of LGBTQ workplace inclusion. This guide features twice as many businesses than the previous edition, released just 6 months ago.

Locally-owned businesses in Alaska recognize the value of inclusive workplace policies and practices. Launch partner, Michelle Egan, Director of Corporate Communications at Alyeska Pipeline, says that “as a company, we need to hire the very best, most qualified people. It’s simply a business matter.” You can read more of Michelle’s story, and those of other local business leaders throughout this guide.

We hope the Inclusive Alaska Guide helps you identify local, inclusive businesses to support and select in your next job search. It is critical that all of us, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans, are judged based on performance and qualifications—nothing more and nothing less.

1+1 Alaska, a project of the One Anchorage, One Economy Live.Work.Play Initiative, was launched in collaboration with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

An exciting new tool, the 1+1 Alaska survey, is a catalog of best practices, highlighted by a series of questions, such as:

  • How welcoming is your business to LGBTQ employees and consumers? Are your personnel policies inclusive?
  • Do employers and employees receive a basic orientation about gender identity and sexual orientation?
  • Does some of your business’ community relations/grant monies go to LGBTQ nonprofits?

These questions are not meant to be hurdles to success. These questions are actually opportunities in disguise . . . opportunities for businesses to open their doors more widely and, as a result, increase their bottom line.

Throughout the process, Identity, Inc. offers businesses support by offering LGBTQ cultural competency training, policy development, and inclusive personnel procedures. This project is sponsored by Identity, Inc. and Pride Foundation.

If you would to participate and to be included in the 2017 edition of the Inclusive Alaska Guide, or to learn more about 1+1 Alaska, please email Drew Phoenix or Josh Hemsath.

Click here to view the 2016 Inclusive Alaska Guide.