Gay and Lesbian Travelers
Openly gay individuals may feel uncomfortable in politically conservative Alaska, so discretion may be wise, especially in rural areas such as Glennallen, where Rush Limbaugh is regarded as a socialist. Anchorage, not surprisingly, is the primary center for gays and lesbians in Alaska.
The nonprofit group Identity Inc. runs a Gay and Lesbian Community Center (336 E. 5th Ave., 907/929-4528, www.identityinc.org), promotes the PrideFest event (www.anchoragepride.com) each June, and operates a help line. Two Anchorage bars—Mad Myrna’s (530 E. 5th Ave., 907/276-9762, www.alaska.net/~madmyrna) and The Raven (708 E. 4th Ave., 907/276-9672)—are favorite meeting places.
Out North Contemporary Art House (1325 Primrose St., 907/279-8200, www.outnorth.org) sometimes presents plays with a gay and lesbian slant, and several Anchorage B&Bs promote themselves for gay travelers and couples.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition