A man dressed as a nonbinary elf marches with Planned Parenthood during the June 24 Anchorage Pride Parade.

Shortly before the start of Anchorage’s June 24 LGBTQ “Pride Parade,” the disgraced former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was seen hobnobbing with the parade’s drag queen MC, “Daphne.” The duo clasped hands as the dress-wearing man in heavy make up lavished praise on Berkowitz for aggressively advancing the LGBTQ agenda in Anchorage during his five-year reign.

Daphne thanked Berkowitz for his leadership in advancing the LGBTQ agenda in Anchorage. A few minutes later, Berkowitz marched down 9th Avenue with the ACLU of Alaska contingency, a group now headed up by his wife with an intense focus on LGBTQ sexuality and expression.

Once a rising political star of the hard left, Berkowitz resigned from the mayor’s office in October of 2020 after admitting to a scandalous relationship with a former local television reporter. Since then, he’s largely stayed out of the public eye.

During his time as mayor – 2015 to 2020 – the Berkowitz administration attempted to force a faith-based women’s shelter, which serves as a safe haven for battered women, to admit biological males who identify as female into its overnight facility. The shelter fought back, and a federal judge blocked the city from enforcing its new sexual orientation and gender identity code against the shelter.

Berkowitz also supported a city ordinance that prohibited counseling aimed at helping gender-confused youth overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion, and members of his administration were regularly enlisted to promote the LGBTQ agenda.

State Senator Forrest Dunbar wears a Bud Light ties while carrying a transgender flag during the June 24 Anchorage Pride Parade.

Other political leaders marching in the Pride parade were State Senator Forrest Dunbar, who carried a transgender flag. He was joined by openly queer legislators Andrew Gray, Jennie Armstrong and Ashley Carrick, all three of whom were designated grand marshals of the event.

The parade included grown men dressed as women, kids draped in rainbow flags, a truck full of exotically adorned drag queens, radical abortion activists, people dressed as nonbinary elves, a sexual/leather fetish group, climate change activists and many others.

Throughout the parade, the MC made sexual innuendos, joked about all the “sex geeks” on hand and proclaimed he was there to “spread loooooove and understanding.”

“I would much rather be a spectacle than a spectator,” he announced. “This is how policy change happens.”

The parade’s main financial sponsors were Alaska Airlines, Fred Meyer and the Rasmuson Foundation. Other groups on hand for the parade and/or festivities included the Alaska Cancer Center, Southcentral Foundation, GCI, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. John United Methodist, Credit Union 1, the Anchorage Health Department, U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Four A’s, JBER Queer Council, Congregation Beth Shalom, American Red Cross, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and many others.

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Disgraced former Anchorage mayor joins drag queens and ‘sex geeks’ for pride parade

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.