A drag queen performs during an all-ages 2023 Pride event in Valdez, where a child can be seen watching in the background.

LGBTQ activists in Valdez are hosting multiple “all-ages” events over the next week, which are tailored to expose residents, including children and families, to myriad sexual proclivities, identities and gender-bending orientations.

Organized by LGBTQ groups, Valdez Pride and Valdivas, the offerings include a “Rainbow Storytime,” “Drag Brunch” with free drag queen performances, free “Drag Bingo,” and more.

The events are part of a well-organized and coordinated effort that involves local businesses and non-profits in subjecting Valdez residents – of all ages – to LGBTQ ideology for the start of so-called “Pride Month.” Similar events are happening across Alaska and throughout the nation over the entire month of June, which coincides with the 55th anniversary of the pro-homosexual 1969 Stonewall Riots.

Drag dancers used to be considered adult-only entertainment, which was largely confined to gay bars and nightclubs. Over the past decade or so, these entertainers have branched out into local libraries, city parks, bookstores and other venues with a specific aim of focusing on youth and young children.

Last year, during widely reported parade in New York City, LGBTQ activists were caught on camera chanting, “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re coming for your children.”

Critics have pointed out that the larger movement includes groups like Planned Parenthood and others that encourage minors to ingest cross-sex hormones and to later consider undergoing irreversible mastectomies and castration.

Planned Parenthood in Alaska actively promotes these controversial practices and will be leading a Q&A at Prince William Sound College on June 1 to inform “parents, families, teachers, mentors & friends” about the “spectrum of gender identity, answer some questions & find some resources.”

Elsewhere in Valdez, LGBTQ activists have scheduled a “Rainbow Story Time” on June 1 at the North Barney Meyring Park Pavilion, in which drag queens will read “inclusive stories” to children.

Earlier in the day, an “all-ages” Pride Parade will march through downtown. Organizers are encouraging “allies, families and friends” to join in “celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.”

Later that same day, “all ages” are invited to participate in “Drag Bingo” at The Valdez Potato. This free event, again, includes drag performers.

Past photos from many of these events show young children watching men in heavy makeup, fake breasts and revealing sexual clothing, as they prance about gathering cash tips while flaunting their hyper sexualized “identities.”

 Pride weekend concludes with a free evening drag show at a Valdez bar and cafe that caters to LGBTQ entertainment. Children with guardians are invited to this event, which includes a dozen drag dancers who will be accepting cash donations for their entertainment services. Attendees are encouraged to “Bring your tips and be ready for a fantastic show!”

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Alaska drag queens plan to target kids with sexualized ‘Pride’ events in Valdez

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.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    Kids shouldn’t have to put up with this perversion until 21 just like drinking, smoking, drugs used to be! What are these worthless people thinking? Why are we allowing this to happen? Are you ok with this crap? Kids have no idea what they are doing to themselves. We all know growing up is tuff. We all lived through it and are here for proof! I say STOP THIS NONSENCE. After they are 21 it’s there life to do what they want and not before.

    • Jeff Butler says:

      Hey humanity guy: don’t like it? Don’t go. Stay out of the public’s first amendment rights.

      • Tamra Nygaard says:

        Where is it stated in the Constitution that perverts are allowed to have access to children? Please list the places it states that as one of our freedoms. I’l wait.

      • Rim lowrie says:

        Jeff you are a sock very sick person all are that go along with this pit of hell trash

    • cacico says:

      have to put up with this perversion until 21 just like drinking, smoking, drugs used to be! What are these worthless people thinking? Why are we allowing this to happen? Are you ok with this crap? Kids have no idea what they are doing to themselves. We all know growing u

      • Jeff Butler says:

        Tamra. Free speech, that was my point. What’s it too you. You’re not into drag, so … don’t attend. Leave it to the rest of us to decide for ourselves and our children. Freedom and Liberty!

    • Rim lowrie says:


  • Akdale says:

    “targeting children”……Somehow hot tar and feathers seems like a grand idea.

    • Art Duncan says:


    • Proud Alaskan says:

      There Sick People and this country is going along with it.
      Alaska coal hot and local chicken feathers.

      • Jeff Butler says:

        Yes, PA; let’s keep bigotry, homophobia, violence, and fear of the other right here on fertile Alaska soil.

  • Sally Duncan says:

    This makes me want to throw up. The parents of these children should have them taken away. This is pure and simple pushing child pornography onto children and trying to make everyone think this is normal. IT IS NOT NORMAL!! Parents, it is your responsibility to protect your children from these people.

  • Auro says:

    About time people went back to being scared of getting the snot kicked out of them.

    • Jeff Butler says:

      THERE’S that boiling Trump violent threat so pervasive among the poorly educated MAGA.

  • John J Otness says:

    We Coastal Alaskans prefer crab bait…

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Alaska Watchman is big time now getting hit by the spammers!

  • Jeanette Exner says:

    You make it sound as though this is something new. It happens every year in June. Not just in Valdez, but everywhere LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations take place, all over the world. Drag performances are simply part of the entertainment. And just because drag shows used to be seen only in Gay bars doesn’t mean it’s inherently “adult entertainment.” It typically involves men getting dressed in extravagant outfits, wigs and makeup, and lip-syncing to popular songs. It’s nothing new. If you object to people singing while in costume, you may as well shut down Broadway.

    • John J Otness says:

      Hitler banned porn and usury,,,, He was right.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      It is not just costumes and singing. It is deeply offensive to actual women, and if you can’t see that, then you have no sense of self-worth. Womanface is a thing, and it’s mean as hell.

      • Jeanette Exner says:

        Judging from the number of women who enjoy drag performances, I think you’re wrong. Drag as an artform has been going on for, like, forever, and it’s only in the past couple of years that opponents have come up with the new narrative that drag is somehow insulting to women. It’s ridiculous.

      • Jeff Butler says:

        Drag is humor, preposterous costumes and skits, goofiness and fun and sometimes big fake boobs. Ten bucks says your children would laugh their asses off and would be curious about our weird and silly world.

    • Michael Johnson says:

      It’s called grooming children! The persons that do this kind of thing are mentally and psychologically handicapped. We live in Babylon and God said very clearly in His Word about misleading children. Where are the parents and God’s people during this time. We must stand up to this corruption of children’s innocence. Valdez churches, make a stand and show up with signs if necessary. Speak up at the City Council meetings and demand decency laws that will protect our children.

  • Dee Cee says:

    People used to say Valdez was a great place to raise children. I believe they WERE correct. Not so any more. Imagine not even being able to hide from all this, because the entire town goes rainbow for several days in a row. Hope the money is worth it to all those biz owners. I don’t feel a desire to go to Valdez any more, now. Not that Anchorage is any better, but one can pass through the city without ever going downtown for gay pride month. Not so in the little places in Alaska.

  • Jeff Butler says:

    This drag stuff doesn’t interest me, so I won’t attend. That’s a simple peaceful solution.

  • Meme says:

    Don’t take your kids if you don’t like it. When people make a big deal out of things they just encourage it more. When you help kids to accept others as they are, even if you don’t understand them or agree with them, it reminds us all that everyone is valued and should be respected as a human being.

    • Michael Johnson says:

      People should be valued, not the sinful acts of corrupted souls! God loves everyone but will never condone sinfulness. He will not be mocked by evil intent.

      • Jeff Butler says:

        First Michael, pull your head out of your bible and smell the freedom of a clear day. Rest those Christian chains. Drag is silly, maybe creepy, maybe falls flat, weirdly sexually mocking. So what? Don’t like it? Don’t go. That’s the same reason I don’t attended your church.

    • Jeff Butler says:

      Meme, what you’ve described there is “education “. Could be challenged on the Alaska Watchman.

  • #MemeToo says:

    Would you make the same opening argument if Valdez was hosting a Black Fest, with performers entertaining kids in Blackface?

    “Accept(ing) others as they are” would include the men involved washing off their garish makeup, pulling off their wigs, removing fake breasts, and unbinding their private parts.

    It is insulting, degrading, and demeaning for men to publicly display themselves as caricatures of whoring women.

    Drag shows do not teach kids “that everyone is valued and should be respected as a human being.” Drag shows teach children that women are objects to be laughed at and whored. Drag shows teach children that it’s ok for men to use and abuse women for public praise and amusement.

    Anyone who’s ever been offended by the notion of a “tyrannical patriarchy” ought to pause for three seconds to consider what could possibly be more tyrannically patriarchal, oppressive, or downright abusive than a group of men making a mockery of women as a publicly-funded display!

    The world has truly gone mad when Harrison Butker is excoriated for presuming that women want to get married and have children, but entire cities are to be celebrated for hosting the public, humiliating degradation of women.

  • Rebecca says:

    Well said!
    Live and let live

  • Jillian Fleming says:

    All bias aside, you’re a terrible reporter. Please site the critics and scientific evidence you’re claiming in a news article about the promotion of castration to minors. Speaking of bias lets take yours into account, catholic father of 8 ( ) here is an article discussing the ongoing sexual assault the catholic religious leaders impose on young children. Logically, or for anyone who can do basic research and has access to google, would clearly understand which one of the 2 groups i’m discussing is dangerous, ESPECIALLY for children. Leave censorship to parents and if you’re going to spread hate at least make it credible. Thank you for the free advertisement for Valdez Pride.

  • Kenneth L. Wells says:

    When these people start ‘entertaining’ in old folks homes and retirement communities, then I’ll consider the possibility they’re not mainly just pedophiles grooming children and gullible parents.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Exactly! Seems pretty “racist” to me that they won’t provide this entertainment in the old folks homes and retirement communities!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    I’m TALKING to you, you Sick individuals, new trolls to Alaska watchman go crawl back under your rock. You’re a bunch of Sick, Evil human beings. You probably dress in drag too, and you’re offended.

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  • Becca says:

    I could list a hundred a hundred drag performances i saw on TV growing up that nobody ever objected to and didn’t influence me except to make me laugh. I don’t know when we lost our sense of humor, but here a few through the ages. Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Jack Lemmon, Johnathan Winters, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, Tony Curtis all appeared in drag and many who had TV shows had a recurring “female” character. then there was Dustin Hoffman, Tyler Perry, Eddie Murphy, Robin William’s, Adam Sandler, John Travolta, Jamie Foxx. Dana Carvey and too many more to list. it’s schtick, it’s entertainment, lighten up.

    • Jeanette Exner says:


    • Fergie says:

      There was a huge difference. They were making fun of it with it’s ridiculousness. These people are promoting it.

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Nobody was putting dollar bills an any of those entertainer’s underpants. They weren’t playing whores.

      • Jeff Butler says:

        Focus on Becca’s comment: “ it’s schtick, it’s entertainment, lighten up.”

        You are not obligated to bring your kids to a drag show. Take them to Sunday school. That’s where baptist Alvin Bragg was on Sunday – teaching. Where was Trump? Bitching and insulting and fomenting violence and of course lying, this time claiming he could have locked up Hilary Clinton.

  • John J Otness says:


  • John J Otness says:

    Those drags in the past did not freaking twerk dry humping the air for children you ghouls…you are sick demons whitewashed tombs!!!

    • Jeff Butler says:

      Oh oh. It’s getting to you. You are revealing hints of your fantasies.

  • Alexander Dolitsky says:

    Leftists are now using transgenderism as one more political issue to divide people, and dividing people helps to reinforce the Left-vs-Right dichotomy, which they feel works in their favor. The Democrats have been playing that game for decades now, and they accelerated it greatly during the Obama administration, playing on “racism” (of all things with a black president!), and they liked the results. So, maybe transgenderism is just the latest. Pretty soon it will be goat- and turkey-‘’ And the ‘educated elite’ will not only go along with it, they’ll eat it up as quickly as it’s dished out. American society is so sick in so many ways—mentally, emotionally, physically, and soon financially.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    Drag queens are not transgender, because there is no such thing. They are woman haters, making horrible caricatures of women, making women out to be over-the-top whores and porn actors, and shaking their male parts in the faces of children. They are degrading and degraded, and any woman who tolerates that behavior really does not know their own God-given worth.

  • Penny Johnson says:

    Since when did children become sexual beings? And why aren’t the tranny communities stepping up on the dangers of meds/surgeries used to “change” their sex? Pelvic floor disease & dysfunction, irreversible damage to organs & body systems? All so 3% of the population can live in a fantasy? And children can be preyed upon by normalizing abuse?

  • Johnny says:


  • JOHN POWERS says:

    It’s supply and demand folks. If there wasn’t a market for this type of activity, there’d be no demand. The U. S. Is the largest consumer of sex and human trafficking in the world. Pornography and all activities related to this article. If you don’t want your children seeing this crap don’t take them! It’s the parents responsibility, not the child. If no one attended these events there’d be no market for it. You do you, I’ll do me!

  • Bret maness says:

    anyone else noticed hoe ol joel always has the inside scoop on gay events? makes ya wonder why he seems to never moss one