As heard on Morning Line: Pridefest turns 40!

Jun 22, 2017

Motivational speaker, Poetry Slam champ and today's spokesperson for Pridefest, Shelby Wilson at KNBA's studio.
Credit Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Between the Rainbow Run, Drag Queen Bingo, or the Equality Parade and Pride Festival Saturday on the Park Strip, this week's Pridefest is one of the biggest in history for Anchorage - and with good reason, as the inclusive event is marking its 40th year.  

As spokesperson Shelby Wilson points out, the event wasn't always as celebratory as it is today, "People used to march with bags on their heads, because while they wanted to represent themselves, they also didn't want to lose their jobs or homes." 

Wilson credits a combination of factors in the growth of inclusivity in Alaska, including a new generation who perhaps experience less discrimination, particularly in the workplace. "This year we have more than 140 booths, from vendors, to employers and supporters.  We've come a long way, but we still have a ways to go."

For a full event schedule, check out the website:, and to hear the full interview, see below: