Alaska Native LGBTQ Initiative

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What is this initiative about?

The goal of the initiative is to develop educational materials, prevention messages, programs and resources for Alaska Native (AN) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults and their health care providers. This initiative is part of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC) outreach and education efforts through

Why is this initiative important?

LGBTQ individuals are at greater risk for many health issues, such as HIV/STIs, cancer or suicide. However, there is a gap in literature about AN people who identify as LGBTQ, and what is available tends to lump all American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) non-heterosexual people into a single group without attention to cultural differences. This lack of information limits HIV/STI prevention and outreach efforts. ANTHC’s vision is that AN people are the healthiest people in the world. We can only achieve this vision by ensuring the health and wellbeing of all members of the AN community.

How will we better understand the sexual health needs of the AN LGBTQ community?

We conducted a statewide online survey to understand the characteristics and experiences of AN LGBTQ individuals and to identify HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infections) risk and health factors as well as health seeking behaviors. We launched 3 rounds of the survey. They survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to a                                                  

What will we do with this information?

The information from the online survey will provide the foundation for several aspects of the initiative:

  1. AN LGBTQ sexual health education and outreach
  2. Community education and awareness to reduce stigma and promote acceptance
  3. Provider education and training in how to be culturally competent and LGBTQ inclusive
  4. Promote LGBTQ inclusive health care policies

When did this initiative start?

The initiative was funded in 2015 and in that year we convened an Advisory Stakeholder Board, held trainings on LGBTQ sensitivity in community health services, and started the process of obtaining tribal approvals for the statewide online survey. The first round of the survey was launched summer of 2017. The second round was launched in 2018. Round 3 of the survey was launched in January 2019. The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. We appreciate your time and interest in improving the health of Alaska Native LGBTQ2S+ people! 

Thank you! Taikuu! Quyana! ‘Awa’ahdah! Baasee’! Chin’an! Dogedinh! Doykshn! Gunalcheesh! Haw’aa! We completed 3 rounds of the Alaska Native LGBTQ Sexual Health survey. The survey is now closed.

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It is because of your help that we can work to improve services and resources for Alaska Native LGBTQ people in Alaska and the Tribal Health System.

If you would like to learn more about the AN LGBTQ initiative, please contact:

ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program
3900 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508

Email project staff:  
Call project staff: 907-729-2971

Senior Program Manager: Cornelia Jessen, MA
Outreach Specialist: Jaclynne Richards, BA



National & Alaska LGBTQ Resources

LGBTQ Resources Hotlines

  • IYG National Hotline for Gay, Bisexual and Lesbian Youth 1-800-347-TEEN
    Provides information about national and local resources for GLBTQ teens. Boasts the largest database of its kind.
  • The Trevor Helpline (
    National 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hot line aimed at LGBT and questioning youth. (866-4-U-TREVOR, 1-866-488-7386): 24/7 
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline (
    (1-888-THE-GLNH) Provides phone and e-mail peer counseling, as well as information about local resources for GLBTQ teens across the United States. 

LGBTQ Resources Websites

Alaska Organizations

  • Alaska AIDS Assistance Association (
    Site about HIV and AIDS in Alaska. Community support for those with HIV.
  • Full Spectrum Health (
  • Identity (
    For all things LGBTQ in Alaska.
  • Interior AIDS Association (
    IAA offers prevention education and risk reduction services to people at risk for HIV for Interior Alaska.
  • Southeast Alaska Gay & Lesbian Alliance (
    LGBTQ information, resources, and support in Southeast Alaska. 

National Organizations

  • ACLU Safe Schools Project  (
    Legal and safe schools information from ACLU. 
  • Advocates for Youth (
    Information on reproductive and sexual health.
  • COLAGE ( )
    COLAGE engages, connects, and empowers people to make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents and families.
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (
    Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students. Information/resources on safe schools, GSAs and combating anti-LGBT bias in education.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network (
    Youth-led organization that connects GSAs to each other and to community resources. 
  • GLAAD ( )
    Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. A media-watchdog group that tries to make sure gay people and images are represented in media and that those images are fair and accurate.
  • Human Rights Campaign (
    America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. 
  • Intersex Society of North America (
    Public awareness, education, and advocacy organization for intersex people. 
  • Lambda Legal (
    National non-profit legal organization for the advancement of LGBTQ rights.  
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (
    Working to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. 
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition (
    A social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).
  • PFLAG (
    Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
  • Safe Schools Coalition ( )
    Offers resources as a starting point for educators, parents/guardians and youth.  Amazing web site for all teaching levels…many suggestions, lessons, help, etc.  It rocks.
  • Youth (
    Support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education for LGBT youth 13-24.

LGBTQ Resources Books

Books - Nonfiction

  • Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School & College Students ed. by Kevin Jennings
    A comprehensive overview of LGBT history designed to supplement U.S. and other history curricula, complete with classroom activities and discussion questions.
  • Free Your Mind by Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman
    A practical resource guide that helps LGBT youth and their allies understand, accept, and celebrate their sexual orientation; overcome obstacles; and make healthy choices about relationships and sex.
  • Growing Up Gay/Growing up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology ed. by Bennett Singer
    This first-ever literary anthology geared specifically to gay/lesbian youth; includes more than fifty stories by James Baldwin, Rita Mae Brown, Jeanette Winterson, Audre Lorde, and others.
  • In Your Face—Stories From the Lives of Queer Youth by Mary L. Gray
    In Your Face is a timely collection of first-person accounts of the lives of sexual minority youth.
  • Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie
    A literary anthology by and for queer and questioning youth with the writings and artwork of over 50 people ages 14-26.
  • What If Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers to Questions About Gay and Lesbian People by Eric Marcus
    No-nonsense answers for kids who have questions about gay people, including: "Does a person just decide to become gay?" and “Does God love gay people?”

Books - Fiction

  • Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence ed. by Marion Dane Bauer
    This collection of stories of growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends, features works by Lois Lowry, Francesca Lia Block, Bruce Coville, Jane Yolen, and others.
  • Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr
    Her mom is always nagging Evie to act and dress more feminine. When Evie falls in love with Patty, Evie's parents say “it's just a phase” that she'll snap out of. But she has always been aware of her sexuality.
  • Empress of the World by Sarah Ryan
    15-year-old Nicola is spending the summer at an institute for gifted youth, where she falls in love with Battle, a lovely female dancer. Her feelings for Battle cause a break-up that sends Battle off with a guy.
  • Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
    Meet movie stars, rock stars, pond nymphs, and intergalactic superheroes in this collection of short stories about love: straight, gay, familial and otherworldly.
  • Love Rules by Marilyn Reynolds
    Kit decides to come out of the closet and live openly while still in high school. As her best friend struggles to understand Kit, she becomes increasingly aware of the tragic effects of injustice
  • Lucky in the Corner by Carol Anshaw
    A newly-uncloseted lesbian mother and her uncomprehending, difficult teenage daughter are the protagonists of this novel about family life and growing up by a two-time Lambda Award finalist.
  • The Misfits by James Howe
    Skeezie, Addie, Joe and Bobby are best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression.
  • Name Me Nobody by Lois Ann Yamanaka
    At 14, Emi-Lou feels like a “white whale,” and a “dorky Jap nobody.” Her mother left her, but she's been raised by her tough, loving grandmother, and her greatest support is her best friend, Yvonne.
  • No Big Deal by Ellen Jaffe McClain
    Exploring the issue of LGBT teachers, No Big Deal is the story of a school as well as an entire town divided by the issue of homosexuality.
  • Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
    Three very different high school boys develop crushes, explore friendships, fight for a safer school and discover love in this candid debut novel.
  • The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden
    When Jamie writes an editorial for her high school paper in favor of condom distribution and open discussion of homosexuality, she becomes embroiled in a community-wide controversy.