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Old 01-11-2007, 05:15 PM
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The gay life in Anchorage is mostly on the North Side of town. Past Abbot and Dimond.
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:04 AM
Location: Texas
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Default Boone - Tootsie is wrong

Hey man, I have never had any problems being gay in Alaska - Homer, Dutch Harbor, Cold Bay, St. Paul, Adak, etc... I dated a Police Chief, fishing Captain and a Coast Guard hottie... Tootsie is wrong my friend - she may have lost her Eskimo because she is not so good with a tootsie pop...
Just kidding Tootsie! Anyway, Alaska does take some caution that is similar to anywhere but the remoteness of where you are talking endures a great sense of community. No one will bother you - even if you are presumed gay - you will be fine.

Barrow is 65% Native and @ 25% white. Its true that most gay people, Native of not, would gravitate toward civilization and self-expression but some, like yourself and me, have gone to the wild to look within and sense soul, self, love, community, compassion and freedom.

I say go for it!!!!!!! and good luck! And big Hello to Toots!!
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:02 AM
Location: NY
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Default yay!

This is so reassuring! I am a lesbian from new york, my mother and i really want to move to alaska some time in the next year or two.

honestly, the town i live in is very intolerant of gays, so many rude people! i guess i am lucky that i dont fit the typical stereotype of a lesbian, but still.

i'm glad to know alaska is more kind hearted.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:12 AM
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hello im gay and i lived in barrow alaska for 10 years and they hate gays there for some reason but even no they hate them some of the haters are gay but the most gay friendly place is where i live and its the biggest city in alaska its anchorage they have pride fest and do alote of gay things in the june they have a parade and march its really cool but if you want to go to barrow best of luck
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:01 AM
Location: Anchorage, AK
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I have several gay tenants and friends and in the 12 years I have known them, they have not mentioned any serious problems. Yes, there may be one or two people who have something rude / vindictive to say, but they are all over the world.

Good luck with the impending move!
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:31 PM
Location: Haines, AK
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Default people in Alaska

People in Alaska pretty much end up in Anchorage eventually if they're "differently oriented". I wouldn't say the gay scene there is huge, but its huge compared to the rest of the state. You might consider Girdwood for the winter, very eclectic town as of late, especially if you like to ski. My $.02 as a straight, married guy who's worked with a couple of G/L types when I was there last.
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:37 AM
Location: land of quail, bunnies, and red tail hawks
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I've also heard there's a fairly large gay contingent in Bethel; I personally knew two and was acquainted with a third. But I'm not sure I'd recommend Bethel for a retreat. Also, there aren't any bars in Bethel, so connecting with the gay community might be difficult.
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:26 AM
Location: Virginia
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Hello Beone -

I'm neither gay nor do I live in AK but still want to share my thoughts .... (I'm from San Francisco if that's any consolation)

Without minimizing your very valid concerns for safety, I would say go-for-it and follow your current "obsession" to live in Barrow. How much do you want to limit your dreams based on people's misconceptions and predjudices? Don't allow them to have all this power over you. Gay folks everywhere are already disadvantaged enough. Plus, if you can't feel save on 18th and Castro, then why chose that over a new adventure.

To address your concerns you may consider calling the Barrow Sheriff (or whatever type of law-enforcement they have up there). Just tell them what you are planning on doing and get their input on how safe you would be. I bet their reaction to your call and the response you receive will make the decision a lot easier for you.

Good Luck -

Off to put a flower in my hair now...
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Old 05-26-2007, 09:53 PM
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Lived in for Fairbanks for 3 years (2000 - 2003) and had a couple of gay friends and worked with several gay people. They were pretty open and it was a non-issue. I think that you will find the people of AK to be a pretty good bunch and I would totally recommend it as a great place to take a sabbatical. But, I would recommend doing quite a bit of research to make sure you are picking the right town. You could live in Fairbanks and still get away to the wild with a 20 min drive.

By the way, loved AK, would go back for another tour. Helped open my mind to all sorts of ideas and I tried all kinds of new activities (camping, etc.). Good luck.
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Old 05-27-2007, 12:04 AM
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Default I lived in Fairbanks most of my life

As I said, I lived in Fairbanks most of my life. Now, Anchorage is very much like a small city of the lower 48. Since a lot of people from the lower 48 moved there, they brought their life with them, including gay parades, mini gangs, and malls. I used to love going to Anchorage just for the shopping (now Fairbanks has a decent amount of stores). Fairbanks is a mix of conservatives and the not so conservatives. I personally am very conservative, but I love people for who they are (whether they are like me or not). Not everyone shares this belief. I don't know about Barrow (I only spent one summer there as a child), but I know that you will be accepted by most in Fairbanks. Some may make fun of you, but that happens everywhere you go to every one in the world (my husband is currently dealing with people making fun of him marrying an Eskimo and is often called the whitest Alaskan known to man). I understand your fear (I was afraid of moving to North Carolina these last couple of months because of racism since I look very Mexican) but once people get the idea of who you are, they should like or dislike you for your personality (such as funny, serious, happy-go-lucky, and so on. If you want to visit Alaska, contact some people who live in the area you are looking for; there are nine hotels listed on yellowbook. Hope I helped.
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