Despite mounting criticism, the Mat-Su Health Foundation is doubling down in using its deep pockets to push highly controversial social issues across the historically conservative Mat-Su Valley.

Fresh off a contentious June 12 meeting in which its conservative membership expressed deep reservations about the direction of the organization, the health foundation is now partnering with Planned Parenthood to help one of the most radical LGBTQ activist groups in Alaska bring a Pride Month celebration to Palmer on June 22.

Recent Facebook posts by the Mat-Su Health Foundation push Pride Month celebrations.

A June 16 post on the Mat-Su Health Foundation’s Facebook page urges area residents to “Celebrate Pride Month with Underground Pride on June 22 at the Alaska State Fairgrounds!”

Underground Pride is the brainchild of The Queen’s Guard, a group that works across many Alaska communities to promote various sexual identities and preferences – both among adults and young children. Planned Parenthood and several LGBTQ activist groups are also partnering with The Queen’s Guard for Underground Pride.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation’s post praised The Queen’s Guard, which is led by a biological woman who has taken cross sex hormones in order to appear as a man. The group fosters drag queen events for kids and hosts an annual prom dance focused on queer identities. According to the health foundation, The Queen’s Guard “proudly creates spaces and events for the local Mat-Su LGBTQ+ community and allies. Their events promote community wellbeing, and help bring together members of the LGBTQ+ family.”

To assist in this controversial agenda, the health foundation awarded The Queen’s Guard $2,500 to pull off Underground Pride. The funding was part of the health foundation’s community grant program, which is supposed to underwrite “local community organizations for events related to health and wellness that benefit residents of the Mat-Su.”

Aside from Underground Pride, the Mat-Su Health Foundation is also using its influence to urge Pride Month celebration across the Mat-Su during the entire month of June.

“Happy Pride Month, everyone!” a June 1 Facebook post from the health foundation exclaims. “It’s a time to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community and the beautiful diversity that exists within it. This month is about love, acceptance, and equality for all. Let’s stand together, embrace our differences, and create a world where everyone can be their authentic selves without fear or discrimination. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or an ally, your support matters.”

The post goes on to suggest that those who disagree with mainstreaming LGBTQ sexuality are haters.

“Spread love, not hate,” the post states. “Let’s continue to advocate for equal rights, challenge stereotypes, and foster a more inclusive society. Remember, love knows no boundaries, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Proud to be an ally. Proud to celebrate #PrideMonth.”

The Mat-Su Health Foundation was originally founded to promote the health and wellbeing of local residents. Thanks to a business arrangement the group has ballooned its assets to almost a quarter of a billion dollars. Much of this money is redistributed to nonprofit and educational groups that align with the health foundation’s philosophy and ideology.


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Mat-Su Health Foundation pushes LGBTQ agenda on conservative Mat-Su

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.


  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    Conflating love with lust is a serious issue. Do Christians love homosexuals? Of course, we are commanded to. Is homosexual sex love? Hardly. But as usual, leftists and other intellectually dishonest people will conflate the two in order to try to shame those who know better into supporting sin. Certainly God will sort them out, but for now, we must simply try to educate them and show them the error of their ways.

    • Lucinda says:

      Geez, why Christians are so interested in other people’s sexual activity is beyond me. Not only interested but claim to know what’s proper and what’s not.

    • Terry says:

      I agree 100 %

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Instead of celebrating mental illness, they should be treating it.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    “Let’s continue to advocate for equal rights,
    What rights don’t you have that all others have ?

    The post goes on to suggest that those who disagree with mainstreaming LGBTQ sexuality are haters.
    Yes God Hates your sinful lifestyle.

    The Queen’s Guard, which is led by a biological woman who has taken cross sex hormones in order to appear as a man.
    Wait-what She’s a women not a Man. Don’t you people get it, God created man and woman. However, our faith in God is not based on following a fallible human man.

    • Terry says:

      Not gay but I can be fired, I can be kicked out of my housing, and I can be refused service!
      No legal back up!
      I’m just a poor white boy!

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    What “agenda?” June is and always will be LGBTQ Pride Month, not only in Alaska but around the world, so there’s nothing new here. The LGBTQ “agenda” is no different from the Straight (i.e. heterosexual) “agenda”: To live openly and authentically without fear of violence and discrimination, and to be a contributing member of society. Nothing “controversial” about that.

    • Ceak says:

      that cartoon picture of “Live with Pride” says it all. A bunch of lost souls, putting their faith in the wrong places. I hope it will become more clear to those in the lgbtq “community”. It has to be hard to be attracted to someone of the same sex or walk around with gender confusion. Groups like the Queens Guard think they are helping, by providing a safe place for these kids to be authentic. They think they’re doing the right thing, but they’re really causing more harm and more confusion. It’s sad.

    • B says:

      Chuck after a casual internet search we see that you are from West Virginia who promotes homosexuality. In addition you advertise as a HIV adviser on LinkedIn. Both searches go hand in hand as to why people should not dive into the degenerate homosexual lifestyle. MatSu Healthcare
      advertises as promoting healthy lifestyles. Elizabeth Ripley and company are doing a disservice to the citizens of MatSu for promoting the homosexual lifestyle and anal sex which only furthers the spread of incurable HIV/AIDS and other insidious diseases throughout the State of Alaska and beyond. Such a paradoxical mission statement for a purported health organization.

    • Aunt Sally says:

      You should take a break from spamming Alaskans with your garbage and try to convince the folks of Hamtramck MI that you’re somehow or another “normal” instead, Chuck.

    • ML, just common sense says:

      Chuck, maybe you’re not old enough to know it, but June has not always been queer month.

  • Will says:

    Go tell Palmer’s city council to pull the permits for the event.

  • Ginny says:

    Love DOES know boundaries. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 states: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Unfortunately, it looks more and more like the LGBT+ movement knows NO boundaries. It seeks to erase ALL boundaries, and it does not truly abide by what the Bible calls love. The LGBT version of “love” is a lie and a perversion of truth. As a whole, the LGBT movement is not kind to those outside the group. It is self-seeking. It is easily angered. It is boastful and “proud”. It delights in evil and rejoices in falsehood, and it does not protect or trust children, the most innocent of human beings.

    • Ceak says:

      and it totally makes sense why much of the liberal side wants to try to discredit and erase the Bible.

    • Lucinda says:

      Ginny. Do yourself and everyone else and put down your bible. It is anti reason and it brings hate into your community.

  • Alaskan56 says:
    Good paying jobs at Planned Parenthood – government funded non profit.
    STOPP International found that the average salary for a CEO at Planned Parenthood rose from $237,999 in 2015 to $317,564 in 2020, marking a 33.4 percent increase over five years, and placing them in the 98th percentile of U.S. wage earners.
    The lowest compensation for a Planned Parenthood CEO was $124,045, based on the latest data from 2019 to 2021, while the highest was $616,926.
    STOPP International found that all 53 CEOs made over $100,000 a year, while 39 made over $200,000 a year, 27 took home over $300,000 a year, and 13 made over $400,000 a year.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Mat-Su Health Foundation needs to be shut-down. It was created as a front to get the demons established in our community and they were successful.

  • Karin says:

    ‘First Transgender-Identifying State Legislator Arrested on Child Porn Charges’ Imagine that!