Editor’s note: Sabrina Stratford, who works with the Love Justice International organization to help fight human trafficking in Alaska and around the world, recently rejected an offer to serve as the Youth Engagement Specialist at Covenant House Alaska. She could not, in good conscience, work for an organization that pushes a radical LGBTQ agenda on vulnerable Alaskan youth (Click here to read a recent Alaska Watchman article on this issue). Stratford sent the following letter to Covenant House, explaining why she had serious concerns about the position. It is published here with permission.


Thank you for extending the offer for the position of Youth Engagement Specialist. I think the position is a good fit and I’m grateful. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer, and I’d like to address my considerations with the team.

Sabrina Stratford

My time at the Downtown Hope Center has provided a unique opportunity to work up close with people in parallel situations as the youth served at Covenant House. I’ve been able to test what works for my engagement style and measure results in terms of real outcomes. I know that the individuals who build a relationship with Jesus Christ alongside participation in one of our training programs have a very high chance of becoming healthy, independent citizens. Without that transformation we see them return to the shelter time and time again.

My concern is around any limits we might have in sharing one’s testimony and the practice of asking a child what their preferred pronouns are when we meet.  Fivefold increases in trans-identifying kids and teens are being reported in gender clinics in the United States and other countries – especially for young girls. This surge indicates that adopting a transgender identity has become the newest way for teen girls to express feelings of discomfort with their bodies. I consider this trend to be an attack on feminism. Women are good enough as we are – we don’t need to transition into a man to be our best selves. By encouraging this dysphoria, we’re seeing many young women seek transition after coming to identify as transgender. Transition can have extreme consequences and we’re seeing negative outcomes. I’m not suggesting we limit the care of Transgender youth. I’m suggesting we not willfully feed into a potentially harmful phase that will render a child vulnerable. I’m suggesting that the increased suicide rate isn’t due to misgendering but to questioning our created identity.

The bottom line is we do not yet know the best and most healthy way to respond to this epidemic. I cannot be on the wrong side of history by promoting something that is so clearly against the truth I know as a follower of Christ and His Word. I will listen intently and engage with anyone with humility and respect. I will call an individual by any proper name they wish. But entertaining the idea that a young person is a “they” or a biological he, a she, I will not do. We are all children of God – created in His image, male and female He created us. Christians are not just called to love, but to speak the truth in love. I will be the first to condemn acts of hatred or words of derision toward people struggling with their gender identity. I will also bring the message of hope and truth by affirming the Word of God. I believe that God created human beings as either male or female, that this gender is fixed in each person from the moment of conception, and that it cannot be changed, regardless of an individual’s feelings, desires, hormone therapies, or operations. The fact that there are now over one hundred different options for one’s gender identity indicates that we have lost our way.

Do you think my ethics will interfere with my role at The Covenant House?

Sincere regards,

Sabrina Stratford

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Anti-human trafficking advocate raises concerns with Covenant House Alaska’s radical LGBTQ policy

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.


  • Mary says:

    Thank you, Sabrina Stratford for your well articulated letter to Covenant House and for your support of God’s Word. When we stand up for Him, He stands up for us

  • Billy says:

    FoH(seems more like Foe of Humanity) you routinely spout words of derision about trans and other lgb people. This woman at least has the decency to denounce your behavior. However her rhetoric is still pretty despicable. She actually suggests that just being trans makes people want to kill themselves. She almost gleaned the clarity that lgbt people are also made in Gods image. Therefore it makes no difference if they are a male or female or an other. There is more than two biological sexes, and there is even more gender identities. Sounds like shes unfit to be an ‘outreach’ person at all. Glad Covenant House dodged that bullet! The actual medical community already knows what risk factors affect suicide risk. We already know religious stigma and family ostracism is what makes trans and lgb kids kill themselves. It’s people like the ones here who tell their kids they are broken or sick or abominations. People that freak out at the notion that their kid might be trans and might be saved by knowing other people like them exist and are also made in Gods Image. False Christians that put their own ignorant hatred of lgbt people above the Lords call to love one another.

    • James says:

      Thank you; I too think she spouts derision about all LGBTQ+.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Billy, I just agreed with Mary. Why did you focus on me? Am I living in your head rent-free now? I have never said that I have hatred of lgbtq+++ people; I pray that their hearts will open up and they will accept Our Heavenly Father as their savior and repent for their sins.

    • Fay says:

      I believe you are one of those false Christians. God did not create us just so we can turn around and have our bodies mutilated. Sabrina Stratford knows what she is talking about unlike yourself.

    • AlaskanPhenex says:

      Based. I’m glad I’m not the only sane person who reads this to see what BS the Alaskan far right nazis think inside their twisted minds.

    • Don says:

      Where are the hate comments you are referring to, there is only love for the dysphoric person. I will show Christ’s Love to all regardless of whether they are experiencing this. It is what Christ calls us to do. I do not focus on this being a sin as all sin is equal in God’s eyes and as a sinner myself, I have no right to condemn. Your choice is your choice as God gave you free will. I will not promote this sin just as I do not promote lying, stealing, or adultry. I will not promote this “Lifestyle” as it harms people. Making this type of behavior sound normal to a confused individual or promoting it in our schools as an option in life make it easy for them to go down a road that they otherwise might not have.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Amen. Well stated and with compassion. It is an epidemic. One that psychogenic. Those that encourage gender confusion in kids are inadvertently, maybe some intentionally, child abusers. We need to lovingly stand for truth and take back our children from this evil.

    • alaskanphenex says:

      the only child abusers are parents who force their trans kids to not be who they are. My evidence is Leelah Alcorn. Leelah was a trans girl who on december 28th, 2014, jumped in front of a semi truck. she offed herself because no one in her family supported her, to the point that they sent her to a christian based conversion therapy. She was completely cut off from society due to her gender identity and the fact that she liked men. She was pulled from school even. she was made a prisoner in her own home. All because her parents didnt accept her trans identity. she was 17.

      • Billy says:

        The people here consider that a good outcome. That is the problem. They WANT all the lgbt kids to kill themselves as young as possible, because they believe the delusion that being lgbt is a contagious plague, and that we are all pedophiles. They consider literally torturing their child to be perfectly fine, but letting them be their authentic self is wrong. Even though their Bible doesn’t actually mention lgbt people at all, and the first woman to exist was originally male.

  • Andy says:

    Discernment is a blessing and even more when followed, much too often people look the other way and simply follow the masses, its a heart of gold that takes a stand.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I think that what is going on in Anchorage and the Mat-Su is amazing time-wise! Twitter starts allowing conservatives to have free speech again – Anchorage is trying to shut down free speech. The left was trying to remove Trump and others through made up charges and those charges are now being exposed as made up – Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley using Anchorage judges are on the attack against Conservative reps. Seems like attempted takedowns or removal of rights are tried in the lower 48 and then tried in Alaska. I wonder how many lefties have been planted here to up the game when instructed to do so, because we sure have been seeing more and more globalist activity here. Remember that the evil is after our children. This war is about our children. We need to protect the children and their future by getting involved locally anywhere and everywhere that you can. God bless the children and the bows that guide them.

    • Jen says:

      This war isn’t about us- or children-, its about God and His design. The war didn’t even begin on earth , it began in heaven by one angel. You are
      right about Christians, we
      must be everywhere. If one is retired, go back to work, even taking a p/t cashier job at a grocer or mc’d front counter crew member, just so there is
      a christian on staff.

      • Billy says:

        There are two options. Either God designed his Angels to corrupt mankind, or God messed up and it was an accident? Which version do you believe? It wasn’t actually 1 angel, it was a full THIRD of them. They were all cast out from Heaven, proof that God changes his mind(unless he intended the outcome from the beginning). And since God changes his mind, none of us has ANY idea what his opinions are now after thousands of years.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Billy, you bring up an interesting point and I was actually thinking about this early this morning as we rolled into 2023. Maybe Jen will step in with all of her worldly bible knowledge? Here what I was pondering. We know that Our Father in Heaven who created ALL creation did indeed created Satan the serpent, who then went on to deceive Eve and Adam. I am not a bible scholar, so I really do not know this answer: Why would Yahweh God allow the serpent to continue existing when the serpent clearly intended to deceive Eve and Adam to against God’s commandments? If he had ended the serpent’s life there and then, what would this world be like then?

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    “Klaus Schwab Announces Plan To Brainwash Children Worldwide”

    • No, really says:

      That’s a story promoted by Alex Jones!! Do you have any idea the vileness and absence of integrity of the man? Foolish to cite him.

  • Fay says:

    I recommend that people read Jonathan Cahn’s book “The Return of the Gods”. He covers all of this in his book.

  • Christ Follower says:

    Well spoken Sabrina…
    Biblical principles are the standard and the plumb line. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your heart for others to know God’s love.

  • Jen says:

    Not liking the body we are given at birth is telling a Perfect and Holy God, the great I AM made a mistake. If you think you are a Christian, then you should know God does not make mistake.
    The XX or XY stays with one for their whole life. You can wear a costume your whole life, you are still you, the way you appeared at birth, underneath it all.

    • Christ is Lord says:

      Getting treatment for cancer is telling a Perfect and Holy God, “I know better then you” if God didn’t want you to get sick he wouldn’t of given you cancer in the first place. If you go to the doctor for any disease you are defying God’s divine plan, you can reject God’s plan for you all you want, but true faith requires forgoing all unholy intervention, if you get sick it’s because you don’t pray enough.

  • FreedomAK says:

    Beautifully written and incredibly respectful and insightful. I’m in 100% agreement with her and lock-step with her faith statement. One topic the writer could have added was pure science. It is impossible to “transition” into another biological sex. To attempt to do so and force others to accept that fallacy is to not only deny our Creator God , but to deny scientific principals intrinsic to our survival as a species. The left typically denies a creator so throw that at the science worshippers and watch them squirm. Fun times.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Sabrina is a God send to some very vulnerable kids. And I say thank you for that! Well done!
    She also stated that dunleavy and his administration shut down her efforts while doing the same type of work at the Ted Stephens Airport!
    Why is dunleavy showing up on the wrong side or no side when this state desperately needs leadership ???
    You all that voted for him had better keep a closer eye on this fraud you selected!!! Your kids will become victims and your governor will come to no one’s rescue while it happens!!!

  • George says:

    Homosexuality is immoral and a sin. Since the beginning of humanity till the end. There are no genders nor gender spectrums, only male and female. Transgenderism is is an evil concept that serves the devil. Period.

    • AlaskanPhenex says:

      I guess that would make me, a trans woman, a demon? dope. Time to go terrorize white men with my evil transness by wearing skirts and being publicly out as myself.