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.


  • Mongo says:

    In the old days we called these “Side Shows” and they travelled with circuses.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    I wonder if one of their “taboos” will be Christianity.

    • Lucinda says:

      We can hope.

      • Tamra Nygaard says:

        Who is this “we” to which you refer? Do you have a mouse in your pocket, dear?

      • KKirk says:

        Hello…ever heard of religious freedom? It applies to ALL religions…not just those who don’t believe in anything at all.

      • Humanist says:

        Mr. KKKirk,
        non-theists tend to believe in Empathy, Compassion, Justice, and Humanism. Just for the sake of it, not out of fear of hell. That’s hardly “nothing at all”.

  • Yukon Jake says:

    Taboo things are taboo because they have been observed to be terrible and therefore will cause some kind of repercussion to the person who mentions it, practices it, or defends it. To conservatives, Bestiality is taboo. Pedophilia is taboo. Leftists rename these things and try and take the stigma away to normalize them. “Minor attracted persons” comes to mind. I would be interested to know which taboos will be discussed at this event funded by gouging patients at MatSu Regional…? Very likely things that are taboo only to conservative Christians but are sanctified and righteous to the sick, and mentally ill. Like chopping the flesh out of a tom-boy’s forearm to make a non-working phallus, or a double mastectomy for a teenage girl. Give you three guesses but the first two don’t count.

    • Tom says:

      beastiality is taboo among every group, my dude… not just Christian’s. (You could argue good sex is taboo among Christian’s, but I digress)

    • David Loleh says:

      Most everything you just said can be debunked in a 30 second google search, yikes buddy.

      • Yukon Jake says:

        Do please, debunk away… Is it the hard-left doctor who is trying to destigmatize pedophilia by getting Minor Attracted Persons added to the DSM? NY Post Story Or is it the way a phallopasty actually works (they usually take the necessary skin flaps from a woman’s forearm – or a man’s if he’s had a terrible accident.) Is it that Mat-Su Regional utterly overcharges their patients, and those heinous revenues are funding the MatSu Health Foundation’s leftist social engineering? Is it that top surgery for a woman is literally a double mastectomy? Please… debunk away… Thrall us with your acumen David…

    • David Loleh says:

      Buddy, do you actually, truly believe that one off instance in which a professor (who resigned because no one agreed with them across the board) backs you up at all? Come on, you can do better than that. You’ve got to know that isn’t enough to make a sweeping argument that “leftists are normalizing pedophilia”. Did you know the entire premise of “Minor Attracted People” being accepted by the LGBTQ community was discovered to be a hoax by alt-right 4chan members? I mean that was debunked QUICKLY. You can find more info on that here:

      Also, did you know the MSHF’s ownership of the hospital is the only thing keeping the hospital from raising prices? The rest of the hospital was bought out by a company in Tennessee a good while ago. A company who, in every other hospital they own, raises prices even while quality of care decreases. Love them or hate them but the MSHF’s share in the hospital is the only thing that is , 1, keeping money in the valley and 2, driving policies to make health care more accessible. They make this information public. Are hospital prices too high? Absolutely, but that’s a systemic issue, not the fault of a nonprofit you don’t like because you don’t agree with them on some ideologic issues. It’s not difficult to look up this information buddy boy, come on, you got this. I get that it’s easy to call everything a conspiracy when you just don’t know how it works, but I believe in you, Jakey boy.

      “Leftist Social Engineering” is pretty hysterical though. Have you ever spoken to anyone at the Health Foundation? Ever? God it’s like you just pull Q-Anon buzz words out of a hat.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Our “government” pretends to help people, waves a carrot in front of their faces and then poisons them, steals their money through illegal taxation, and tells people that they are here to help us. This is exactly what the Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is doing to the people of Alaska. People know what is going on with that foundation and that it is here to divide the people to make conquering easier. They are satanically-driven and you David Loleh are a puppet for them. I pray for God Almighty to touch your heart and help you to awaken to the fact that you are serving a satanic beast.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        The fact that you quoted Reuters speaks volumes about your knowledge of the satanic beast that you serve!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Mat-Su Regional Hospital, is a Joke of a hospital.
    While some of these so-called “human books” have experienced marginalization due to handicaps, race or religion,
    Tamara Yes they would not let us Christian’s be in this woke library due to all the marginalization Christian’s have faced over the centuries.

    • Tom says:

      Christianity dominates the majority of American citizens (60% – 70% identify as Christian) almost every single politician in the country is Christian. People aren’t denied jobs, opportunity, or power for being Christian.

    • Megan says:

      What are you talking about?
      If you look into the project in its entirety, there are plenty of Human Books who talk about being a Christian. So quick to anger, so slow to listen… How biblical of you.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Do not forget that Ms. Ripley (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not) met with CDC to figure out how to get the Mat-Su Borough residents jabbed. Don’t let them get away with it. #donotcomply
    “Mistakes Were NOT Made: An Anthem for Justice (by Margaret Anna Alice; Read by Dr. Tess Lawrie)’

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    That’s a very odd choice of photos accompanying your article. Although your vitreol is targeted at LGBTQ Alaskans, the men pictured are more distinguished by bizarre piercings, tattoos, and hairstyles.

  • Lucinda says:

    It feeds Joel’s trolls though. It’s a lot easier to link icky photos with what is already despised. Critical thinking and tolerance are rare minerals at Alaska Watchman.

    • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      They’re the sort of guys I would expect at a death metal concert, NOT the typical LGBTQ+ Alaskan.

    • Appletree says:

      Nice try, friends.

      This appears in the article: “the international program has a strong emphasis on promoting transgenderism and the larger LGBTQ agenda, as well as extreme bodily mutilations and piercings”

      The pictures are suitable to the issue presented: perversity is disturbing to behold. We should not seek to become inured to it.

  • KKirk says:

    In one of the health foundations ad on radio…they are inviting people to turn themselves or others in for psychiatric treatment who express anti-leftist views and claim that those people have a “personality disorder”.

  • Mboll says:

    To bad we don’t have another reputable “hospital” that is more aligned with conservative views

    • Megan says:

      Why on God’s green earth should a hospital be aligned with a political ideology. That is insane. Good luck with that.

      • Bryan says:

        Then why are they aligned with leftist ideology? Isn’t that political? Derp

      • Megan says:

        Bahahahah they aren’t “aLiGnEd wItH LefTiSt” anything, they make decisions based on cold data… but like yeah, I agree, conservatives ideology generally rejects data. You are so right, Brian.

  • Shelia says:

    Those whom the gods destroy they first make mad. There is a long list of former civilizations who have departed once they lost their values. It would appear that the American experiment is about to come to an end as it proceeds along the same path.