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The Audubon company joins forces with the drag artist

The National Audubon Society has partnered with drag artist Pattie Gonia to invite the LGBTQIA community outdoors on this Pride Month and to ensure they have a safe and welcoming experience while they are there. As part of the collaboration, the company released the first two of four videos celebrating outdoor Pride.

From hiking in wedge boots to ice skating in a famous dress made from salvaged pieces of discarded trash, Gonia is the creation of avid backpacker and backpacker Wyn Wiley, who said the character was born spontaneously during a hike several years ago, according to a news publication. It has now become a way to draw attention to the climate change crises facing the wilds of North America, the statement said.

“People ask me all the time, ‘how are queer and environmental movements related?'” Gonia said. “I say, first, ‘no planet, no pride!’ Secondly, there is such an opportunity for people as well versed in social justice as the queer community to join the environmental movement. Likewise, there is an equal opportunity for people well versed in climate justice to help stand up for queer people. “

Audubon has been celebrating Pride Month since 2018 with LGBTQ-themed “Let’s Go Birding Together” bird walks, as well as other events including a “bird dragging tutorial,” the release said.
“I feel like a proud dad – seeing Let’s Go Birding Together take off nationwide in so many ways,” said Jason St. Sauver, the creator of the program.

The video series was recorded at Audubon’s Spring Creek Prairie Center in Gonia’s home state of Nebraska, which is also home to the St. Sauver Birding Project. The topics cover not just that show, but a lark-inspired drag western music video, a feature on endangered prairie bird species, and a back and forth between Gonia and St. Sauver on careers in conservation.

To watch the videos, click here.

Pride Run for the benefit of LYRIC
San Francisco FrontRunners’ annual Pride Run will take place on Saturday, June 25, and this year will benefit queer youth agency LYRIC.

The 5k and 10k races will include approximately 500 participants and will begin at 9:00 am at Golden Gate Park.

LYRIC offers several programs to LGBTQ youth and was recently in the news when it was the subject of a bomb threat, as previously reported by the Bay Area Reporter.

Registration for Pride Run is still open and registration is $ 45. To register, click here.

San Mateo Pride Center Anniversary
On Thursday, June 30, the San Mateo County Pride Center will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a virtual program on Zoom from 6pm to 8pm

The event, which is free, will feature guest speakers such as county leaders, community partners, founding members and attendees.

There will be a special performance by the Rebel Kings and the event will be hosted by Jesus u BettaWork.

The Pride Center is a Star Vista program.

To register, click here.

LGBTQ seniors panel
On Thursday, June 30, from 4pm to 5.15pm, the California Department of Aging will host a moderated panel discussion with director Susan DeMarois and others on the topic of LGBTQ + seniors

“LGBTQ + Aging with Dignity” will include gay state senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz); Blanca Castro, state ombudsman for long-term care; Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., vice president of the California Commission on Aging; Michael Costa, executive director of the California Association of Area Agency on Aging; Aaron Tax, director of advocacy for SAGE; and Kevin Sitter, project leader Ending the Epidemics at the California Department of Public Health’s Office for AIDS.

The webinar is free. To register, click here.

SF Marathon adds a non-binary category
The San Francisco Marathon will add a category for non-track runners, manufacturers announced on June 21.

Jumping Fences Inc., the official producers of the 45th San Francisco Marathon event, has officially announced the California first division and non-binary prizes. This move comes at a time when numerous anti-LGBTQIA + legislations are rampant in the nation and other running contests are called upon to expand their gender divisions, according to a news release.

The festival race weekend runs from July 22-24, according to the release.

“Our 45th San Francisco marathon is focusing on inclusion and accessibility,” said Lauri Abrahamsen, operations director of Jumping Fences Inc. “We’ve added these divisions and awards to our 45th marathon because the Time to do it. We hope this expansion of the gender divisions and our program for runners with disabilities will inspire more people to join the running community and feel they belong. “

To make the races more accessible and inclusive, the event organizers have expanded the gender registration options to include non-binary, trans and bi-spirits. The race weekend also includes a program for runners with disabilities.

The announcement follows the recent controversy with producers of the Bay to Breakers marathon that allowed attendees at the San Francisco event to register as non-binary, but initially stating that they would not have a separate award category for them. After a public outcry, the race organizers reversed course and added such prizes.

For more information click here.

Sign up for the trans survey
People interested in taking the 2022 Trans-American Survey in the United States can sign an online pledge to do so and receive email updates for when the survey launches later this year. Transgender people aged 16 and over are eligible to participate, regardless of whether they identify as male, female, or non-binary.

In 2015, nearly 28,000 people participated in the US Trans Survey. It was the largest survey of trans people in the country, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The survey data, which covers everything related to health, employment, income and criminal justice issues, is used by the media, educators, policy makers and the general public. It is also a vital resource for data on trans people of color in the United States

To subscribe to the commitment to participate in the 2022 survey, click here.

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