COVID’s messing with our craft beer community again and our breweries need your help. If you’re afraid that the new, more contagious Delta variant of COVID might shut down bars, breweries and events where people are gathered, you might want to consider attending the October 16, 1-4 pm Alaska…

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NEW YORK (AP) — After an off-season of some mystery involving several favorite performers, “Saturday Night Live” said it was returning for its 47th year this weekend with all but one of its incumbent cast members on board.

AK Rockstar Karaoke held its 2021 AK Rockstar Competition Sept. 12-19 at Carousel Lounge in Spenard.There were two qualifying rounds and the final round on September 19th. 64 singers, in all, tried out. The final 12 competed and the top 3 were the winners.First place received $1,000 in cash.…


In the nineties, I asked George Rogers, one of the writers of the Alaska state constitution, what happened here in Juneau in the ’60s when gay men were sent away.

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal, which ended the 17-year military personnel policy enforced by the Defense Department and the military services.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, has married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys general from 20 states sued President Joe Biden's administration Monday seeking to halt directives that extend federal sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ people, ranging from transgender girls participating in school sports to the use of school and work…

Editor’s Note: After multiple attempts to seek comment from Holy Rosary Academy the school’s headmaster has declined to respond to questions. In emails sent to all of the Catholic Schools within Anchorage, there was one reply, that from Brian Ross, principal of Lumen Christi High School, who wrote:

TOKYO (AP) — Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard finally got to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. 

As a parent, I teach my daughter that we should all treat each other the way we would want to be treated. As a small business owner in the municipality of Anchorage, I know that fairness and equality create strong communities and a thriving economy. As a retired military veteran, I believe o…

TOKYO (AP) — For Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women's soccer team, the opening match of the Tokyo Games carried more emotional weight than their previous Olympic appearances. 

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some bookstores in Hungary placed notices at their entrances this week telling customers that they sell "non-traditional content.” The signs went up in response to a new law that prohibits “depicting or promoting” homosexuality and gender transitions in material acce…

A Nashville Predators prospect has come out as gay, a milestone moment for the sport of hockey as the first player signed to an NHL contract to make that declaration publicly.

Soldotna-based “Narrow Roads Production” has declined to photograph the wedding of a same-sex couple who sought the company’s services to memorialize their wedding.

I just attended the nauseating wedding of my 30-year-old niece to her boyfriend of several years. Both of them seem as gay as possible but they are diehard religious fanatics. I can list fifty signs these two are gay and once you point it out to someone who isn’t a bible thumper they go, “Ye…


In classic romantic comedy fashion, Benny McCarr was set to board a plane to Hawaii when he was intercepted at the airport by Robert, a young man from Boston, whom he’d met just a day earlier.


Until recently, my journey with journalism had been limited to the music and nightlife scene, a community with which I have been deeply involved for almost two years. I have worked with friends and colleagues that I have known since I began performing, mostly musicians, bartenders and busine…

The age-old trope of a father discovering his son is gay and throwing him out onto the streets is getting older day by day. But that doesn’t mean stories like that don’t still happen in real life, and even if being gay doesn’t lead to LGBT+ youths being disowned at the rate it once did, it d…

The Pride Flag was raised over Anchorage’s City Hall Monday for the first time in the city’s history. In attendance were Alaska State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson, Assembly members Christopher Constant, Forrest Dunbar, and Felix Rivera.

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib on Monday became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.

President Joe Biden said on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that he will sign a bill naming the site as a national memorial.

Every once in a blue moon I will encounter people who simply radiate love and confidence, in themselves and others. I have recently had the pleasure of meeting one of those beacons of hope, MoHagani Magnetik. MoHagani is a writer, archaeologist, public speaker, cook and practitioner of kung …

I think I’m a little more queer than I’ve been giving myself credit for. It’s not like this has been some huge discovery, after one of the literal first house parties I went to as a teenager I tried to climb into some hippie dude’s bed in Cordova. And while it was a certain kind of amusing t…

Pride Month in June honors the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. Pride is a time to celebrate who you are and who you love. It is time to recognize how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. It is time to hold your sweetheart’s hand without fear. It is a ti…


The spring of 2021 has been an especially proud season for the Coast Guard in Alaska. Members at Sector Anchorage hosted an historic inaugural event at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson April 16, establishing the Northern Lights Chapter of Coast Guard Spectrum, an affiliate of the Department o…


Regardless of someone’s level of independence, we all need a friend sometimes. The way human beings have evolved, biologically and socially, we simply cannot thrive on our own. Community is essential to the success and wellbeing of any person, and there are said to be five elements of commun…

A pioneer, an entrepreneur and a survivor in the fight against substance abuse, Catelyn Schnell has made her personality and her brand virtually one-and-the same.

The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC) was established in the Anchorage Charter in 1975 and is the municipal law enforcement agency charged with preventing and eliminating unlawful discrimination under Title 5 of the Anchorage Municipal Code. 

In the mid-1960s, my dad served on the school board in Cortez, in rural southern Colorado.  He recalled that at one meeting he said something a little too liberal because a fellow board member invited him to “step outside.”

When she was at Harvard Law School two decades ago, Kelly Tshibaka wrote columns that generated some controversy, including one in which she said that “Homosexuals can come out of homosexuality because their preference is not biologically mandated. Unlike race or gender, homosexuality is a choice.”


David Bronson launched his bid to become Anchorage’s next mayor last August on the back of the Save Anchorage Facebook group — a group which often makes local news when group members engage in newsworthy behavior. Bronson’s current campaign is just one more in a long chain of efforts to exer…

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to honor and remember transgender and gender-expansive people whose lives were lost through violence. The Gender Expansive Community of Anchorage (GECA), a program of Identity, will broadcast a virtual event and read a list of names of tho…

I know that I’m a prisoner

Identity, Inc. celebrates queer and questioning youth in Alaska with a virtual LGBTQ+ Youth Summit, Oct. 5-11, 2020. This online gathering is a safe place for youth to explore their identities and themselves. They can ask questions, learn and make connections. 


Identity, Inc.’s board of directors is pleased to announce that Laura Carpenter (they/them/she/her) has accepted the position of Executive Director, beginning Monday, July 6.

Veteran Tirzah Parrish LeFeber served in the US Air Force for eight years, moving anywhere from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Balad, Iraq. While serving one’s country can create many difficult experiences for military personnel, Parrish LeFeber had one additional hardship in the service.


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In 1988, Veteran Kevin Matier joined the United States Air Force to work as an aerospace ground equipment mechanic. During those four years he never told anyone he was gay.


By RJ Johnson


For over twenty years the art of drag has been of the magic that makes Mad Myrna’s a destination for so many. As important to the bar as it’s theatre program and great dance floor, the weekly drag show is one of the most well attended event the bar has. It has become so popular that now the …


Trevor Jeans loves fashion. As one of the employees of Nordstrom, they got to be around it all day, and they are well known for their fun use of style that does not necessarily fit into the binary of man or woman. Whether pairing a silky nightgown with a leather jacket, or pulling together a…


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Anchorage, this is Ira, Ira, this is everyone. If you were an active part of the Fair Anchorage campaign, you may have met Ira before. “During Prop 1, the Fair Anchorage campaign, I was working as a volunteer. I basically managed all the Op-eds and Letters to the Editor, helping people write…


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