One Cool Thing: Meet Pattie Gonia, Environmentalist Drag Queen

Image: Pattie Gonia/Instagram

High heels, wigs, and full makeup may not be the attire traditionally associated with hiking in the great outdoors, yet environmentalist drag queen Pattie Gonia is using her photoshoots to bring awareness to environmental issues and make the outdoors more inclusive for all groups.

As Yale Climate Connections wrote,

Pattie Gonia says it starts by reclaiming the outdoors as a place where everyone belongs, “whether that’s queer people, whether that’s people of color, whether that’s disabled people,” she says. “I think for the longest time … we’ve been told that that’s not for us. That that’s not where we find people like ourselves.”

So Pattie uses her social media platform to share pictures and videos of herself hiking, camping, and speaking up about environmental issues.

Read her full interview here.

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