Pride Foundation is a northwest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community foundation promoting LGBTQ philanthropy and providing grants and scholarships.
Tiffany McClain is Pride Foundation's Alaska Region Development Organizer. She can be reached at email@example.com.
This year, Pride foundation will award the most it ever has in scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and straight ally students throughout the Northwest. Six Alaskan scholars will receive a combined $21,500 from Pride Foundation’s scholarship program.
A statewide committee of volunteers worked together to review applications and interview finalists.
When I first met Tonei Glavinic in 2008 he was a senior at Stellar Secondary High School in Anchorage.
Now, four years and four Pride Foundation scholarships later, he is about to graduate from American University with a double major in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies with his senior capstone project poised to impact the lives of transgender students all over the country.
One of the most exciting developments of the past year or two is the rise of new Gay-Straight Alliances in small communities across the state. It seems that in rural Alaska the movement for LGBTQ equality is being led by young people who aren’t content to wait for things to get better in the future.
Since its founding in 1985, Pride Foundation has awarded over $164,000 in grants to organizations serving Alaska’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community or that are engaged in HIV/AIDS service and prevention.
This year—with the help of volunteers from Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks—the community foundation awarded $10,000 to five Alaskan organizations.
When you think of a town that is safe for LGBTQ people to live and raise families, you might not think about a place like Bethel, Alaska. Nearly 400 miles west of Anchorage and accessible only by air, snow machine, boat, or dog sled, it is the very definition of remote.
Why is Pride Foundation interested in Bethel?
If you ask the average person what the big name issues are in the movement for LGBTQ equality, property tax exemption is nowhere near the top of the list. The issues that tend to receive the most attention from national and statewide LGBTQ advocacy organizations are gay marriage, employment nondiscrimination, and more recently, transgender equality.