For Amsterdam Pride Week in 2022, the Human Library featured human “books” titled “Polyamorous, “Non-Binary,” “Asexual,” “Bisexual,” “Body Modified,” and “Transexual,” among others.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is set to roll out another program aimed at challenging the values, beliefs and cultural taboos in the historically conservative Mat-Su Valley.

Starting on Oct. 5, at the Glenn Massey Theater in Palmer, the MSHF is launching the “Human Library,” in order to “create a safe space for dialogue, where challenging and taboo subjects can be discussed in the open without being condemned.”

Initially developed by hard-left activists in Denmark, the program is a “library of people,” not books, who share personal experiences with the goal of promoting cultural acceptance of a whole host of lifestyles, including many highly controversial ones.

“The concept is about acknowledging and challenging the prejudice that we all carry toward one another,” the MSHF Facebook page explains.  “For that reason, the Human Library® creates a safe space for conversation where topics subject to taboo, marginalization, or stigmatization can be openly addressed without condemnation.”

Human Library events typically involve people who say they have suffered a level of prejudice or bias in their lives. While some of these so-called “human books” have experienced marginalization due to handicaps, race or religion, the international program has a strong emphasis on promoting transgenderism and the larger LGBTQ agenda, as well as extreme bodily mutilations and piercings, and the wider diversity, equity and inclusion ideology promoted by many leading left-leaning organizations around the world.

In 2000, the program launched in Copenhagen with 50 human “books” who stood on stage challenging cultural beliefs and customs. The program is now operational in more than 80 countries, pushing radical concepts surrounding diversity and inclusion wherever it goes.

The MSHF’s decision to fund and promote the “Human Library” program in the Mat-Su comes a time when the organization is under increased criticism for backing critical race theory workshops and LGBTQ activist programs across the local community.

Founded to promote the health and wellbeing of Mat-Su residents, the foundation has ballooned its assets to almost a quarter of a billion dollars by capturing 35% of the annual profits from Mat-Su Regional Hospital. Much of this money is redistributed to myriad nonprofit and educational groups that align with the health foundation’s philosophy and ideology. In addition, the organization also promotes its own programming.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation’s official membership consists of about 360 members, comprised of Mat-Su residents, ages 18 and older who fill out a one-page form and pay a $5 annual fee. Many of these members have only just recently joined with the hope of steering the organization in a direction that reflects the values of the majority of the largely conservative Mat-Su.


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Mat-Su Health Foundation’s anti-taboo program aims to erode local values, beliefs

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.