Students at the University of Alaska’s Anchorage campus attend the grand opening of the new Pride Center on Jan. 17.

The publicly funded University of Alaska unveiled its new Pride Center during a flashy Jan. 17 grand opening on its Anchorage campus. Decorated in transgender, Black Live Matter, and rainbow flags, the new center is located next to the Student Union for maximum impact. The new outpost will actively push services, events and ideologies that promote and highlight lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and two-spirit sexual identities on campus.

“Perhaps most importantly, the Pride Center is a visible space for all members of the UAA community to explore gender identity and sexual orientation in a non-judgmental atmosphere,” the UAA website stated.

Pulling out all stops for the grand opening, the university handed out ‘They/Them’ name tags, plastered doors and windows with rainbow-backed messages, and invited a host of special guest speakers and performers, including a drag queen, prominent local gay activists and openly gay Anchorage Assemblywoman Austin Quinn-Davidson. Former Gov. Sean Parnell, who now serves as UAA’s chancellor, was also on hand for the celebration.

Attendees included dozens of students wearing official university clothing emblazoned with LGBTQ messages alongside the UAA logo.

Former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, who now serves as UAA’s chancellor, attends the Jan. 17 grand opening of the school’s new Pride Center.

UAA’s director of Multicultural Student Services claims the new center is about showing the wider community just how deeply committed the university is in promoting the LGBTQ agenda.

“But more than the space, it’s about demonstrating a commitment to queer and trans students,” Sara Caldwell-Kan explained. “Even if students don’t ever go there, that visibility really does matter when it comes to building trust in the institution.”

The center will be ground zero for so-called “Rainbow Initiatives,” which the school uses to coordinate and publicize activities that push LGBTQ ideologies throughout the school.

One of the first orders of business will be to ensure that gender confused students gain full access to bathrooms traditionally reserved for the opposite sex.

The “inclusive bathrooms” initiative has included extensive research, said Kim Morton, executive director of student engagement and inclusion. “And with inclusive restrooms, we’ll keep making sure we’re doing everything we can to keep the students that we have and for them to have very positive experiences on campus.”

Other ongoing LGBTQ initiatives include ongoing sensitivity training for students and staff, including how to use a person’s preferred pronouns, as well as an “Is it OK to say Queer” campaign.


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UAA opens ‘Pride Center’ to encourage Alaska students in exploring gender identity & sexual orientation

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.


  • Transwitch says:

    I am so happy that UAA has done this! Alaska might be ran by fascists but the people are demanding progressive values.

    • Steve says:

      Transwitch, you must be one of those educated stupid people.

      • Transwitch says:

        Educated and stupid are the exact opposites of each other. To say someone is educated and stupid is quite hilarious and moronic.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Transwitch, booksmart people are often the ones with the least amount of smarts to get along in this world that needs worldly experience. Being booksmart has not been paying the bills as more college graduates are finding out, thus Biden’s bailouts.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      This should be a club, not a sanctioned division of the university. Seems with this direction though we should be able to have a chapel and hold church services, also sanctioned and funded by the university. Now that would be making progress.

    • Michael Johnson says:

      This is State sanctioned and funded abuse of Alaska’s youth. The Governor needs to be flooded with calls asking him why our tax money is supporting sexual deviancy and inciting (i.e. brainwashing) students into unhealthy lifestyle choices. If the State is funding this, they need to fund a Christian Center in the college. Alaska is devolving into the next California and if you have seen the lunacy in that State, you definitely do not want to go there.

      • Transwitch says:

        I’m sorry to tell you this Michael, but Alaska is DEFINITELY NOT becoming the next California are you out of your mind?

    • Aunt Sally says:

      Y’know the nicest way to put it is that a very small smattering of mentally ill degenerates are demanding attention and special considerations from orderly, productive, and healthy society, Transwitch, and their collective sniveling and irrational carrying on together as a group in no way normalizes their sickness nor legitimizes their disgusting behavior.

    • Trouser Bark says:

      Hmmm… that comment was a reply to Transwitch’s initial post on this page. Not sure why it’s out of order.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    Pride goeth before a fall.

  • Roy Daniels says:

    sexual depravity as pride.

  • Steve says:

    A college degree now insures you are warped, twisted, liberal, and just plain darn stupid!

  • Transwitch says:

    A college degree makes you dumb? Can you please back this claim with scientific evidence?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Yah, just look at the majority of the people that are unemployed! College degrees don’t guarantee anything – especially a job.

    • Steve says:

      How about the fact that colleges now promote a man as a woman. That’s as stupid as they come. A man will NEVER be a woman, or vise versa.

    • John Hancock says:

      Can you provide “science evidence” that it doesn’t? What about all the stupid people with loans they cannot repay? And, what about all those stupid people with worthless degrees that they cannot use to get a job?

  • Dan says:

    Publicly funded pride center? I have no idea what their meaning of pride is? Is there not a Christian chapel on campus to pray for these poor souls?

  • Andy says:

    A soyboy gathering center? Pathetic what this country is turning into, godless, immoral and seriously lacking testosterone, maybe its time to take fluoride out of the water system and add bull testosterone.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Please someone call 911 and send the police to UAA because what is happening there is nuts!!!!!
    Governor dunleavy allowing this is nuts!!! Bill 172 gives us the right to arrest and institutionalise those we deem as nuts!
    I’ll sign the court order! Let’s get this done

  • Doug Groothuis says:

    Bathrooms need to be biologically segregated, especially to protect women.

  • River says:

    These people are so pathetically weak.

    • Matthew myers says:

      Yes, but they still need compassion and good psychological support to fight these perverted delusions.

  • Jim Minnery says:

    Seeing Sean Parnell at the grand opening is certainly disappointing.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Thank you Jim for stating this!!!!
      These leaders we have are way more concerned about public perception!!! They sell whatever principles they say they have for a cheap expedient pendant that they can wear in public! Dunleavy is the same!! Don’t be deceived, they also declare to be Christian/ religious! We the people have become naive, shallow, and vulnerable!