When it comes to Pride Month, most only think of the colorful marches and rainbow flags flying on the street. The gay bars are rowdier, and the people are in a festive mood for the whole month.
At least, that is what people expect from Pride Month.
But few people pay attention to community services by LGBTQ+ groups during Pride month. The rainbow noise drowns out everything else. While environmental work isn’t the main focus during Pride Month, it is still as important.
But at Tenere, gender doesn’t matter when it comes to sustainability. So, we introduce you to 9 LGBTQ+ environmental organizations to support this Pride Month.
Queers X Climate
Queers X Climate (QXC) is a global environmental group. It focuses on fighting the climate and LGBTQ+ problems. In other words, it is to help the LGBTQ+ community engage with climate change activism.
The organization focuses on a wide range of issues. Amongst them, tree-planting efforts by their members are ardently featured on social media. This creates a sense of unity and presence for queer environmental activists.
Out for Sustainability
OUT for Sustainability sponsors Earth Gay service programs in locations around the country. These programs involve both seasoned and novice people in being eco-friendly.
They collaborate with local environmental groups to hold environmental events. During Pride, Out for Sustainability also organizes small tree-planting efforts outside big cities.
Their partnerships with other queer and ally organizations include FUF and OutForce.
Queer Ecojustice Project
The Queer Ecojustice Project is an LGBTQ+ environmental effort that focuses on relieving disaster service on a global scale. In particular, the organization focuses its resources on alleviating wildfires and floods.
The Queer Ecojustice Project coalesces environmental justice and queer freedom. The organization hopes to establish coalitions across gender differences around climate problems.
The organization holds many activities to raise awareness of environmental problems. Reading, marching, and film screening about environmentalism are only a few.
Our Climate Voices (OCV)
Our Climate Voices focus on alleviating the consequences of natural disasters. They also help all individuals find ways to assist in community-based climate solutions.
The organization raises environmental awareness via storytelling media. They have art showcases about environmental efforts, highlighting people who are affected.
To be more specific, they offer anthologies of stories about environmental disasters and the affected groups. This makes their efforts to raise climate change awareness much more relatable.
The LGBTQ+ communities, particularly queer and trans-BIPOC, haven’t always had the chance to go green. And Queer Nature strives to remedy that.
Queer Nature offers mentorship in place-based skills. They design and ease nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions, mainly for LGBTQ+ people. Their ultimate goal is to create a new sense of belonging and inclusion for LGBTQ+ groups.
If you are into the arts or mysticism, Queer Nature is the right home for you. It is a trans-run naturalist education project for LGBTQ+ communities. But there is more than that. The organization also teaches ecological awareness and outdoor self-efficacy skills.
As an LGBTQ+ environmental organization, Queer Natural also focuses on other causes:
- Justice-centered learning.
- Nature education.
- Ancestral skills.
500 Queer Scientists
500 Queer Scientists is a public awareness initiative for LGBTQ+ scientists. Queer scientists contribute summaries of their lives to the organization. These are personally checked and proofread before going on the group’s website.
One of the main missions is to use science to alleviate climate change. 500 Queer Scientists also aim to create a safe community for queer scientists as well.
Planting Peace is a global non-profit organization that promotes global peace. Notable worldwide issues for the group include:
- Orphanages in Haiti and India,
- International deworming campaigns
- Rainforest preservation.
- Anti-bullying initiatives.
- LGBTQ rights advocacy.
- Equality House and Transgender House
Its creator, Aaron Jackson, was named a CNN Hero in 2007 for his work to deworm millions of children in Haiti.
Queers for the Climate
Queers for the Climate aims to apply the success of queer activism to environmentalism. This will showcase the power of the queer community in fighting climate change.
Being fairly new, Queers for the Climate works hard. Their campaign, #SavetheStraights, focuses exclusively on lowering the environmental consequences of non-sustainable practices.
The National Forest Foundation’s Venture Out Project
The National Forest Foundation is vocal about its LGBTQ+ alliance. Their tree-planting projects provide an inclusive effort for the LGBTQ+ community.
Aptly named, the project eases LGBTQ+ groups into the wilderness. From hiking to snowshoeing, their activities strengthen their community of queer environmentalists.
The Foundation is planting 50 million trees across national forests. This greatly contributes to reforestation efforts in the world.
There aren’t a lot of LGBTQ+ environmental organizations, but they are no doubt sprouting. Both human rights and environmentalism are at the forefront of LGBTQ+ activists.
Statistics show that 55% of LGBT adults care more about sustainability. This is more than the 33% of straight adults who do. Read more about LGBTQ+ sustainable shopping in our article here.
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