Roundup: LGBTQ+ Nature Trailblazers
As you may have noticed from the rainbow clad streets, June is Gay Pride month in the U.S.A. One of Glamplyfe’s missions is to spread happiness and love. Our goal is to create a warm atmosphere at camp where people can be themselves and feel good. We care about the environment, animals, and equal/equitable rights for all people. These nature activists, leaders, and personalities are some of the folks doing it best. They also happen to identify with the LGBTQIA+ community. We’re giving these bright stars a shout out because it’s Pride but also because their voices have been silenced as a group throughout history. Without further ado, here are three trailblazers you need to know.
Climate and environmental activist Haven Coleman is the co-founder and co-executive director of US Youth Climate Strike. Inspired by fellow Gen Z’er Greta Thunberg, Coleman began protesting for action surrounding causes like air quality and renewable energy in Colorado in 2019. She caught the attention of former Vice President Al Gore and has worked with him in many capacities.
Remember our article last month Pack these Smart Camping Apps? If not, check it out. If so, you may remember our mention of the Audubon Society’s app Audubon Bird Guide. Journalist and birder Martha Harbison is one of Audubon’s key players. Harbison is also behind the iconic Feminist Bird Club, who you may know from their recent partnership with clothing brand Noah. According to their site, “The Feminist Bird Club is dedicated to promoting inclusivity in birding while fundraising and providing a safe opportunity for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC, and women to connect with the natural world.”
Rocco Kayiatos (aka Katastrophe)
Rocco Kayiatos, Bay Area rapper Katastrophe and founder of the International Man Project and Camp Lost Boys, advocates for mindful masculinity through nature experiences. More specifically, Camp Lost Boys “is a summer camp experience created by men of trans experience for men of trans experience.” Some highlights are dedicated spaces and chats for BIMOC (Black/Indigenous/Men of Color), judgment-free physical activities, and mentorship.