A drag performer during a past Underground Pride event.

While the Mat-Su has yet to host a controversial Drag Queen Story Hour at a local library or have a public gay Pride festival, Transgender and homosexual activists are quietly gaining a foothold in one of Alaska’s most socially and politically conservative areas. They are currently planning to bring a day-long LGBTQ party to the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer on July 9.

Hosted by the activist group, The Queen’s Guard, the all-ages event is being marketed to families, teens and young children.

The Underground Pride Facebook page notes that there will be drag performances, a live DJ and food trucks, as well as a “marriage ceremony” to celebrate LGBTQ love. Scheduled to run from noon to 8 p.m., there is no RSVP required to attend.

The Queens Guard operates as a nonprofit that promotes LGBTQ social issues, political action and entertainment across Alaska. It also actively affirms gender-confused youth to explore myriad LGBTQ identities.

Initially launched in 2020 during the Covid outbreak, Underground Pride events have included professional cross-dressing male performers, live music, dancing and presentations from LGBTQ activists.

This year’s event is sponsored by Fireside Books, Dragon’s Lash Leather, Tales of the Tarot, Princess Charming, La Galeria De Keown, Starbucks, Quiet Raven, Rebel Studios, ADK Events, Northern Sno, Native Movement, Solstice Home Group, Alaskan Bake Away, ACLU of Alaska, Identity Health Clinic, Choosing our Roots, Gilded Dragonfly Studio & Artistry , D&D Novelties & Things, Subica’s Scents Candle, Little Cabin Crafts, Damsel in Defense, Ruffin it AK, Walmart, Matanuska Pens, Botanical Rhapsody Organics, Alaska Jude’s Yarn, Jewels 4 Diva Styles Boutique, Opinions for Peace and Kojewki Comics.

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‘Underground Pride’ at Palmer fairgrounds to include ‘all ages’ drag shows

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.