The annual LeadOn conference, which targets 13-to 17-year-olds, took place this past weekend at Embassy Suites in Anchorage.

Youth applied to attend the three-day event, Nov. 11-13, and sat through various workshops focused on sexuality, gender identity and equity with the goal of equipping them to be effective social activists in their local communities.

While LeadOn is a project of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA), key partners in putting together the event included the State of Alaska’s Dept. of Health and the University of Alaska Anchorage, along with several other non-profit groups and Alaska Airlines.

The LeadOn Facebook page is filled with calls to engage in radical social activism with numerous posts that celebrate transgenderism, anti-patriarchy, drag queens, and more.

The LeadOn conference kicked off on Nov. 11 with a series of morning workshops, one of which featured Brooks Banker, a well-known drag queen entertainer in Anchorage’s gay bar scene. He has been a featured performer at several drag queen story hour events for young children at the Loussac Library and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

A description of Banks’ Nov. 11 workshop ommitted his drag-queen performances, but his LeadOn talk addressed many of the same themes he covered earlier this year during a Ted Talk when he dressed in drag to give a lecture on how to affirm numerous LGBTQ gender identities.

A description of his Nov. 11 workshop to teens, reveals that Banks told Alaska youth about the “spectrum” of gender identities and urged them to be aware of perceived “inequities” experienced by the LGBTQ2IA+ community. He also highlighted local and statewide laws that affirm LGBTQ sexuality and presented youth with guidelines on how to be “supportive of those in the sexual and gender diverse community.”

Other LeadOn talks highlighted challenges the teen activists may face when attempting to change their local communities. Ultimately, LeadOn encourages teens to develop concrete projects to bring about social transformation. To that end, youth were given time to brainstorm aspects of their hometowns that they think need addressing.

One talk delved into sexual health questions and dating scenarios with the aim of empowering youth to teach their peers about these issues in local public schools. Others focused on “microaggressions” centered around racial justice and equity, establishing healthy boundaries, the importance of self-care, mental health, and sexual consent.

A flyer from the event notes that LeadOn’s primary goal is to create the next generation of activists who will “think deeply about how we define ourselves and shape the future.”

In order to attend the LeadOn conferences, teens must first apply. The program prioritizes training youth from Alaska Native communities, and its promotional materials and videos heavily target this demographic.


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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.


  • Lobo says:

    I sent an email to the “Gubment”, asking for an explanation, and copy/pasted this URL in the message.. I doubt that I will get a straight, honest reply. I informed them that this will not go un-noticed.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    And our weak, unprincipled governor looks the other way and does nothing. He knew we had no choice but him since Pierce refused to be a challenger and the other two are commies. Gotta say, with Sullivan and Dunleavy leaning more and more left, there is no moral backbone in leadership. I am praying for their political demise.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    “Lead On” = “No Deal” Wonder what the meaning would be or what they would be saying no deal to?

  • Michael Johnson says:

    I warned people about voting for Dunleavy, because I knew he is all talk and no action concerning the protection of Alaska’s children and families. He is no Ron Desantis. Alaska families will need to organize to counter this assault against their values. You can’t have it both ways, you can’t have Religious Freedom and freedom to express your faith while simultaneously pointing the gun of big government punishment if your beliefs are the opposite of wokeism. This law would be an egregious violation of the Constitution. We need to protect the sanctity of marriage and our children’s innocence. Do not give the devil an inch because he will take a mile. Murkowski’s support is understood because she is a snake. Sullivan is playing politics to protect himself from their attacks on anyone that disagrees with the agenda or he is receiving money to support them. America needs elected representatives, not politicians. Politicians lack backbone and blow where the wind takes them. Representatives actually serve the people, not themselves. Trump is a servant of the people. Apparently, Sullivan and Murkowski are having their strings pulled. To address something like this with all the problems we are facing as a country is a tremendous snub of the electorate. It is a farce and utterly an insult to our intelligence. Shame on Alaska’s Senators! Please Holy Lord, make a pathway for Kelly Tshibaka, because Alaska needs leadership desperately!

  • Ceak says:

    “The program prioritizes training youth from Alaska Native communities”

    Did someone tell them to spread their perverted gospel to the ends of the Earth? The LGBTQ is turning into it’s own religion and they want to indoctrinate and convert as many as they can. It’s disturbing. Beware of false prophets.

  • Jen says:

    Sounds like a christian youth conference. If our their teens are more successful getting their fake gospel out; instead of christian youth reaching the
    same youth with Christ the only way that gives a child freedom and peace, then the youth for christ of alaska weren’t organized. This is a youth fight – one whose soldiers as to be other youth christians.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Are you listening?
    Mike Dunleavy was “the only reasonable choice “ in this election!?! There was no way we could possibly get Gara the communist, who said it is not his business to get in the way of a young girl to have her breast removed! Or walker the Chinese sell out as our next governor! According to pacarro or downing this governor is a very good choice, yet dunleavy is in fact producing the very same fruit that Gara and walker would have!
    Are we better off???? You know them by their fruit!
    Maggots anyone?

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I was listening to Atty Scott Lively today. He was recounting a time that he spent in Ughanda helping the Ughanda people to fight the Alphabet letter gang establishment that was settling in Ughanda. He mentioned about how the establishment was picking where to go to infiltrate the communities. When I heard this, I was thinking about how interesting it is that the establishment vocally announces their plan to infiltrate the village communities and spread their crap in those communities. The village communities are not like Anchorage or its suburbs or the valley or like Fairbanks. I, personally, feel that they are more easily influenced since they have not had the level of face-to-face exposure with the evil that bigger communities deal with – so they would be easy to influence. I think that the corruption is disgusting. I encourage people to listen to Scott Lively’s show from yesterday – very interesting!
    11/20/2021 Prophecy and Politics Dr. Scott Lively

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    • M.D.DarkKnight907 says:

      To an Ideology that will disintegrate it’s ideas older than 2 days; leaving those who don’t change… in the dust to be attacked and dismembered from their family (literally or ideological home).
      Great, have fun, don’t bitch when we say “told you so”…. but you will.