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.