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If you have ever been to a drag show over at Mad Myrna’s, you are aware of the name Scarlett Crypt. This mistress of the macabre, the glamour ghoul herself, Scarlett is known for her unique take on what is beautiful, and how much fun and fabulous a funeral could possibly be. From her beginni…

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Tuesday afternoon, House Bill 82 cleared the House State Affairs Committee. Its progression, however, was not without the standard shake-your-head theatrics that come part in parcel with the topic, despite the necessity of the legislation.

By Amy Doogan, RN, BSN

“The event where the people are the show!”

Identity, Inc., Alaska’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy and education organization, will host its first-ever winter fundraiser tonight at Williwaw Social.

Winston the Penguin is not the type of bird that most people would expect to see at a drinking establishment named The Raven Bar. Sometimes people don’t notice him, but that is because Winston likes to move about and change outfits to coincide with holidays and seasons. During the Coronation…

A.D. Williams said that “Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.” Dr. Sylvia Condy has done a lot of both. So often when we are talking about issues that affect the LGBTQIA community and issues regarding equality in general, we look to the current generation of leaders. We w…

“You don’t lose your girl, you just lose your turn.” That phrase has been said about many small towns and states, and often it is said here. It may not be the best description of how things work, but it is true that relationships in Alaska are different. Not just in reference to dating and s…

The holidays can be a difficult time for many. Heading home to visit with family is not as much fun if you are in a situation where you feel like you must edit details about your life in order to avoid conflict or uncomfortable situations. For many in the LGBTQIA community, this means that w…

Merry Mixer at Bottoms Boutique

There were 20 names that were going to be read aloud. There were only 17 people in the room. Some people would read more than one. As Terra walked around passing out the small slips of paper, she asked if there were any names that people specifically wanted. Each person was also given a cand…

Microaggression feels and sounds like a new term, but it was coined in 1970 by Chester M. Pierce, a psychiatrist and professor at Harvard University. At the time it was used to describe the everyday dismissals and insults that were regularly inflicted by non-black Americans on African Americ…

Last month at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles, a new artist had his first show as an adult. Robert (his name changed at the artist’s request) has been a member and regular attendee of events at ACAL and had put together a photography show for the monthly First Friday Erotic Art …

When Prism Press first launched, I started a feature called Pronoun Primer. It was a basic way to explain some of the ever changing terms that are used in the LGBTQIA, kink, and BDSM communities. For this edition, the focus is solely on gender. Sarah Katari has shed more light on an identity…

 Note: For this edition of Prism I asked for submissions from several people. November is Transgender Awareness Month, and includes International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20 as a memorial for those who have been murdered or otherwise harmed as a result of transphobia, and call …

Note: I was having a conversation with a friend of mine one day, who happens to be a transgender man, and we were discussing the lack of involvement from the rest of the queer community, in regards to trans issues, and why some were saying that they did not understand why gay men and women s…

TDOR Friday Social, November 16th 6:00pm-8:00pm, Identity Inc, Anchorage

Representation and visibility matter. I cannot even begin to think how many times I have said those words. I understand why those two things are important. I would venture to say that any member of a minority understands in their heart why it is important to see people in media and politics …

Dr. Chris Coffman takes on a remarkable challenge in the new book, “Gertrude Stein’s Transmasculinity”, and succeeds. The book is of course, about Gertrude Stein, whose work and life signaled a paradigm shift in western thinking about the continuous evolution of perceptions on gender and sex…

In the first part of this series the discussion was around homosexuality being caused by demonic influence, and what is called “Supernatural Ministry”. Through an act called Deliverance, there are many who believe they can change someone’s behavior. This means they believe that sexual orient…

Living a lie. It is a reality for many LQBTQI+ youth. Knowing that your parents’ faith will not allow them to fully accept who you are forces a lot of kids to stay in the closet, sneak around behind parents’ backs, and sometimes can lead to dangerous behaviors. The following is the story of …

Twenty years ago this month, Matthew Shepard was murdered, left to die, tied to a fencepost in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming. That tragedy brought the conversation about LGBTQIA+ rights became to the forefront of conversations. Hate crime legislation was suddenly becoming part of serious convers…

Last spring, Drag+ at UAA had their first show ever. The group paired with Planned Parenthood Generation Action to put on an awareness benefit for the Fair Anchorage campaign. What had started as simply a way for creator Robin O'Donoghue to perform in drag as an under 21-year-old in Anchorag…

I used to avoid the word “privilege” when discussing social advantages; not because I didn’t see that certain groups were treated better, but because that word bothers people. When you go through life without that social inconvenience, people imploring you take time out of your day to help f…

Long before the term ‘queer’ had any positive connotation, and longer still since it was chic for straight people to pretend as though they for the cause all along, the Rocky Horror Picture Show was a bridge between the gay and straight communities.

Caravan of Glam has performed in Alaska before —five different times, actually. However, this fall will mark the first time that they have performed in Anchorage. On Saturday, Sept. 22, after a Friday night performance at The Pub in Fairbanks, the Caravan will make its way to the Mad Myrna's…

I am a gay man in my late 50s and have never been in a relationship. I am so lonely, and the painful emptiness I feel is becoming absolutely unbearable. In my early 20s, I hooked up off and on, but it never developed into anything. I have always told myself that’s okay; I’m not a people pers…

September is National Recovery Month. There will be events all month long celebrating those in recovery, and highlighting the options available for those who choose to be sober, as well as many chances for people to tell their stories. In honor of this, I have decided to tell some of my stor…

Following on the heels of the Press Picks Live party at 49th State Brewing Company last Friday, it sort of feels like awards season in Alaska. Over Labor Day Weekend some other awards were given out as well. The Imperial Court of All Alaska had their annual Coronation Ball, and two new monar…

This year in the Press Picks we made a conscious decision to make the category Best Drag Artist. This decision was an effort to include all of the performers that dive into the colorful, passionate, mad world of gender-bending performance art. Whether it is a Drag Queen, a Drag King, a BioQu…

“It's frustrating to me, as a healthcare provider that I have an ethical and legal obligation to provide an evidence based practice, but our legislators have no obligation to practice evidence-based legislation. If we had evidence-based legislation, we would providing healthcare to everybody…

I’m a 27-year-old woman living on the East Coast. I’ve been sexually active and on birth control since I was 16—almost always on the pill. I recently switched to the NuvaRing, which I had a bad reaction to: I had no libido at all and extreme mood swings/bouts of depression I could not live w…

Suicide in Alaska is a continuing problem. Per capita, the 49th state has continuously had the highest rate in the country by almost double. According to the American Association of Suicidology, more than 90% of those who die in this way have depression or another diagnosable, treatable ment…

Well students, this time the old primer has gone way off of the tracks, but I feel like it is something that needs to be discussed! While these definitions are something that does not really fall into the actual LGBTQI+ spectrum, it does come up quite a bit when we are talking about sexual o…

Oh, to be a kid again in the summertime. Growing up, knowing that we had a three month break from major responsibilities was a wonderful thing. Summer meant more time with friends, being able to sleep in late, and being able to participate in activities that silly things like school stood in…

In the last edition of Prism, I shared a communication between myself and Rev. Michael Burke of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Burke is on the steering committee of Christians for Equality, or CFE, the social justice ministry of the Alaskan Christian Conference. This coalition of Christian lea…

This weekend Northern Exposure 9 starts at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles. Owner Sarha Shaubach calls this the “high holy days of Leather in Alaska!” The event is attended by residents of the state as well as visitors who come up from outside. Each year educators and presenters…

At Anchorage Pride there was a single protester spewing hate and vitriol. Just a few hundred feet away from him the First Presbyterian Church had o to the public for the Pride celebration, and made a statement that included “We know that historically, the Christian church has been frequently…

Cory Crowder has a habit of getting people to take off their clothes for money. Each summer and winter season he gets his friends, both old and new, to come together for one of his amateur strip show fundraisers. In the eight years that they group has been getting together for these events, …

The somewhat surprising retirement of longtime District 20 House Representative Les Gara opened the door for a number of highly qualified candidates to take aim at Juneau in a heavily Democratic district.

“Were there any moments that made you conscious?”

Last year I went to the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony in New York, think of it as the Oscars for Queer writing; it was a blast! Lambda Literary gives out Lammy awards in various literary genres. Over the last three decades, the list of winners together with the recipients of th…

“Someone you know is gay. Maybe even someone you love. Think before you speak hate.” It's a good meme. I am sure it was a bumper sticker before, or possibly a flyer that was handed out. Like most things in the LGBTQI+ community, there is a lot of history to the really good slogans and statem…

PALMER— This 2018 Colony Days parade birthed a historic moment for the Mat-Su Valley when the Mat-Su NOW group marched in line with the other floats.

We are in the middle of Anchorage Pride 2018! I think it is safe to say that we can't ever call it a Pride “week” ever again. It all kicked off last week, first on Wednesday with a launch party for the Pride Guide at Mad Myrna's and continued the next day with a launch of the new Pride theme…

When it comes to celebrations like Anchorage Pride everyone comes out of the woodwork. As individuals we run into all kinds of people that we may not see at any other time during the year. We could run into people that we would not allow in our world at any other time. Even though it is a ti…

Pride Pronoun Primer! This is a time to celebrate everything that we have accomplished as a community and for some, maybe be a little extra! This is an occasion that encourages us to be our authentic selves, to live our truths, and show people how fabulous we really are. No matter which flag…