OUT in the Wild at Sonoma County Pride

June 22, 2023

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This year we had the exciting honor of joining Sonoma County’s Pride Parade and Festival as a sponsor. We were thrilled to show our solidarity and contribute to this joyful celebration of our queer community. 

The Pride theme this year is COMMUNITY! and these celebrations are, in the words of the organizers,all about being together in the spirit of diversity and belonging. Celebrating our connectedness through our vast differences and our sameness to realize we are all in this together. Each of us is a unique individual, yet we are united.” While this is only one event, we see this as an important way we can be part of building a more safe, joyful, and equitable community. 

Our team’s theme was “OUT in the Wild,” representing the intersection of our work in the environmental field and the celebratory nature of Pride. We showed up in hiking gear bursting with rainbow colors, fabulous field attire, and of course some Ag + Open Space swag.

Our booth featured a “Queer Conservation” Jeopardy-style game that shared more about what we do, and opened up conversations about how land conservation serves us all. From queer critters to queer environmental leaders, there was much to be learned and celebrated. Plus, folks had a chance to win our OUT in the Wild shirts!

We walked and tabled alongside Sonoma Land Trust, and are excited about future opportunities for the environmental community to collaborate on how we work with and for our communities.

As with all of our work, this was a team effort and we were happy to have a strong team showing. We can’t wait to join next year, and we will be working towards bigger and better ways to show up for the LGBTQIA+ community all year long.