Last year, Alaska’s Department of Corrections (DOC) officers were ordered to take a two-hour mandatory course that instructs them on how to aggressively promote and disseminate radical LGBTQ social and political ideals across the DOC system.

Alaska Dept. of Corrections Supervisor Doreen Kitter wrote a letter on Sept. 7, 2021 telling all DOC officers that the had to take an LGBTQ “Respectful Workplace” training course.

This past September, Correctional Supervisor Doreen Kitter issued an email to DOC officers explaining that the department had entered a “conciliation agreement” as part of a complaint received by the Alaska State Commission of Human Rights. The complaint asserted there was a sex-based hostile work environment.

“The decision to conciliate the complaint meant DOC agreed to include Respectful Workplace training,” DOC Public Information Officer Betsy Holley explained in an Aug. 1 email. “The agreement specified that all Correctional Officers take the added training within a specific time period. By conciliating the complaint, DOC made no admission of violation but publicly declared discrimination is wrong and will not be tolerated.”

The training course was provided to DOC by the Department of Administration.

But there appears to be little interest by DOC officers to take a course which emphatically calls on them to become LGBTQ activists within the government. Kitter’s September email noted there had been sparce participation in the training program. She reminded employees that they had until Oct. 11, 2021, to finish the training.

On July 21 of this year, another email was sent out to some 150 department officers who had thus far declined to take the training course, which actually violates the moral and religious beliefs of some employees.

“You have been identified as an employee who has not completed this mandatory training,” the email warns. “This training is required and must be completed by August 25, 2022. Please be aware an additional email has been sent to the superintendent of your facility to make them aware of your obligation to complete this training. I encourage you to work with your superintendent and any facility training officers to ensure you can complete this training ASAP.”

Two correctional officers reached out to the Alaska Watchman and provided links to the training materials and video instructional. Due to fear of disciplinary action and possible termination, they have requested to remain anonymous.

Screen shot from DOC “Respectful Workplace” training video.

The two-hour training strongly urges state employees to proactively weave LGBTQ activism into their work and private lives. It implores them to oppose any departmental norms that may conflict with elements of LGBTQ ideology. For example, employees are told to push for gender neutral bathrooms that are open to anyone who personally identifies as a woman, regardless of their biology.

A video also emphasizes that employees should be willing to challenge administrative policies or procedures that do not conform with radical notions about gender fluidity and sexual identity.

The video tells employees to oppose “institutional” and outdated gendered language such as “father” and “mother,” or “husband” and “wife,” terms which appear on official forms and documents.

“Chances are they were put on a long time ago,” the video narrator states. “But as long as these features persist, they can make LGBTQ employees feel alienated or excluded at work.”

At one point the video depicts what appears to be a cross-dressing man. The narrator claims many companies often have a “lack of resources for transgender employees.” The training implores employees to not only revaluate their own personal ideals about human sexuality but to also actively challenge fellow coworkers who may hold more traditional views.

“It can be tempting to think, I’ve shown my support, it’s not up to me to change everyone else,” the training states. “But actually, the words and actions of individuals can make a big impact.”

Screen shot from DOC “Respectful Workplace” training video.

The course celebrates how fast gay “marriage” spread across the United States, highlighting that this was fueled by vocal LGBTQ activists.

“For every friend and family member who came out and vocalized their support, gay marriage stopped being someone else’s issue,” the video states. “By speaking up as a strong advocate for LGBTQ inclusion, you can shape the culture of your team and your organization.”

The training repeatedly prompts employees to be zealous, even to the point of challenging coworkers directly.

“By bringing LGBTQ inclusion to the table, you can help make it everybody’s issue,” the video states.

One slide notes that employees should “think about the language in your company’s forms and policies. Do they reinforce outdated concepts? They might need an update: with the gender-inclusive pronoun ‘they’ or an ‘other’ option for gender specification.” It also instructs employees to “think of two or three ways you can work toward LGBTQ inclusion in your own life,” including the people you choose to hang out with during social activities.

Employees who refuse to submit to the ideological-driven training will be dealt with “one-on-one,” DOC spokeswoman Holley said.

“DOC training is a requirement for employees,” she explained. “If an employee refuses to complete the training, DOC HR staff would meet with that individual one-on-one to discuss the refusal. Personnel decisions are confidential and not available for release.”


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Alaska correctional officers forced to take training in LGBTQ activism

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.


  • Trained Observer says:

    I am utterly amazed at how this tail keeps wagging the dog. This training blatantly emphasizes that our own values and norms are to be ignored, altered and outright abandoned, in order to accommodate and include the “new” normal into society. We are forever yielding to a small, detached minority of mental health cases who have managed to attain everything they’ve reached for in society, while relying on victimhood as their greatest advocate. This comes at the expense of family values, religious values and workplace ethics. I remember having to attend similar training on protected classes several years ago as a state employee. It accomplished everything it set out to, but I guess it wasn’t enough for the victims. They won’t be satisfied until we are all floating around in rainbow colored butterfly wings with undiscernibly gendered attire, with non-gendered names like Echo, and Moonbeam. We could hold out until we become a protected class and see if they are as accommodating as they would have the rest of us become.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I don’t care if your Gay, Red, Yellow, Black or White.
    Do your job and shut up about your life style. Once your home you have the freedom to do as you please. But Please stop making others believe or support you sick ways.
    What if Alaska’s Department of Corrections (DOC) officers were ordered to take a class.
    You fill in the blank ———— on what class, you what to brainwash people with.
    The sky is green no it’s blue.

  • Steve P Peterson says:

    Just like poison. These people never quit, but what does our “standing tall” governor do about it? Absolutely nothing but going along with it.

  • Jen says:

    It had arrived. Oneday employees would be mandated to agree with homosexuality or recieve disiplinary action. They come for government employees first before private employees are approched to do the same. When its my turn, i would’nt care what my employer and coworkers think of me, and if coworkers accost me its easy for me walk away from judgemental condemning people their thoughts means nothing to me. Besides! I’m used to be misjudged, sterotyped, or overlooked. I can handle being name called a bigot-homophobe. If i can’t work. Well! There is always government assistance, and i can live off all the narrowminded who people put me out of work. When assistance requires me to agree to an ideology. Well. There is food
    at homeless centers. Point is one will be taken care of whatever faces one.

  • Sharon says:

    This is prison!! Sorry but if you want respect stay out of prison!! You lose your rights!! ALL prisoners lose rights in prison.

    • Trained Observer says:

      Sharon, this issue is not just about the prisoners, but also staff. The staff members who have chosen to undergo “transition” are also influencing this policy.

  • Kenneth L. Wells says:

    I believe I ‘watched’ this b.s. last year. By, ‘watched’, I mean I let it play on the computer whilst I did other things because it wouldn’t allow me to skip the stupid videos. At the end of the “training”, they mistakenly asked for critique and I unloaded with both barrels. The next day another email arrived instructing me to contact my supervisor regarding the ‘training’. Ever the obedient public servant, I contacted my supervisor and said, ‘hi’. They said, ‘hi’, back. That was it.
    Might be something new coming down the pike when I return to duty tomorrow, if this article is any guide. I will not participate in falsehoods. I didn’t participate in the covid lies and certainly won’t participate in this.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Will this stop??? The answer by any warm body with its toe immersed in the way government really works is no it won’t!!! In 2013 I was fired by DOC for “unprofessional conduct “. What was that unacceptable behavior that could not be tolerated? Driving 12 mph on the compound in a 15 mph zone. You heard me right, driving too slow!
    Among the rediculous list of infractions was also not shaking hands with another staff member, as well as complaints that my radio for communication was up too loud! This list was the tool that was used to determine that I was simply unfit to work for DOC.
    Never mind that during the two years employed there I began and ran an electrical apprenticeship program while taking care of all of the facilities electrical maintenance needs.
    A criminal justice planner named Gary Olsen sent me a highly complimentary letter indicating what he had seen personally and stated his desire to” clone me for every institution in the state of Alaska “. That same email was seen by all DOC supervisory staff. Which is where my story begins to reveal why the state government will not be reversing course on how corrupt it was, is and will be in the future.
    Human resources got wind of this complementary letter and from there coordinated a systematic ‘eliminate and destroy’ mission against me because while I worked for the department of labor prior to my job at Palmer Corrections, I was a truth-exposing whistle blower. The government will not respond kindly to any individual who exposes the internal wicked workings of this beast! If you are a citizen, you have been purposely left out of what “your government ” is up to. If you are looking to be a state employee, you must meet the minimum qualifications. Unknown to you though are the unwritten and unstated qualifications that will be expected of you during your time as a ” public servant”. Let’s be clear here, you are not a public servant, more accurately you now have become a coerced “yes” person! Case in point is what is corporately happening to all the Department of Correction employees. They must take the training and incorporate its ideological ideas into their everyday lives. If they don’t, they have been warned that they will be in a private meeting with threats to their livelihoods!
    I have personally been coerced, threatened, and given ultimatums behind closed doors! These meetings were surprisingly similar to what I can only imagine were interrogations! Why is government given this kind of abusive power? If anyone thinks that union representation is a way to mitigate this abuse, as respectfully as I can say it, you’re naive!
    Governors have no interest in cleaning this mess up either, ask Parnel, Walker, and Dunleavy what they did or were willing to do to stop their institutions from stealing the God-given rights of the people who find themselves working for this unrelenting monster!!!
    Dunleavy stands around with his hands in his pockets while he and Commissioner Nancy Dalstrom orchestrate another violation of the very people they hired and supervise at the department of corrections.
    On Monday night I will be handing this letter to Charlie Peirce, candidate for governor, to see what he will propose and promise to do if we/ I trust him with the powerful position of Governor!
    We have no more patience for a government that is guilty but gets a pass because it investigates itself and finds no guilt! Even if somethings don’t look good, we the people never get the details, Ask Kelly Tshibaka what happened to her investigation of elections
    If you want documented evidence of what I have said,
    My contact email is

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Thank you Joel

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    After meeting Charlie Pierce last night in Anchorage, about 25 people attended and listened to a man who is indisputable a nice man. Smiling nice men are not appropriate for a time like this!!! I’m disgusted with dunleavy and disappointed with pierce
    Help me out arrrrrgh