June 9, 2021

Identity recognizes how far we’ve come and how far we have to go

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage Assembly and many communities across the country and state recognize June as Pride Month, honoring the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.

“Pride is a time to celebrate who you are and who you love. It also is time to recognize how far we’ve come and how far we have to go,” said Laura Carpenter, the executive director of Identity, Inc., a leading LGBTQ+ organization in Alaska and host of official Anchorage Pride events.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual Anchorage Pride Festival and Pride Parade will not take place in 2021. Identity has also paused planning of its other official Anchorage Pride events at this time to ensure this program and the organization are honoring and validating Alaska’s diverse LGBTQ+ communities.

“Identity will take this time to learn, grow and do better,” said Carpenter. “Pride isn’t cancelled. The LGBTQ+ community always deserves to be celebrated, festival or not. LGBTQ+ people are resilient and beautiful. Here’s to equality, justice and a time when we can gather, work and live as our true selves everywhere, all year long.” 

While Anchorage Pride may not be hosting events this summer, there are still several community-led opportunities, including the Rainbow Run which is a fundraiser for Identity. For a list of various Pride events, visit anchoragepride.org/events

Identity’s year-round programming and services for the LGBTQ+ community of Alaska include peer support groups, events, presentations, advocacy, and resource navigation. With Anchorage’s only LGBTQ+ focused community center, Identity empowers LGBTQ+ youth and engages the community in LGBTQ+ centered programs. Identity Health Clinic is also Alaska’s only nonprofit LGBTQ-focused clinic, offering sexuality-affirming and gender-affirming health care to those that need it most. For more information, visit IdentityInc.org. 

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IDENTITY, INC.
Identity is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance Alaska’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through advocacy, education and connectivity. Identity envisions a world where all people are free to express and be proud of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Learn more at identityinc.org.

Media contact: Laura Carpenter (they/she), catalyst@identityinc.org, 907-929-4528