3 Queer Environmentalists to Know

3 Queer Environmentalists to Know


Celebrate Pride Month with Verdical Group this June by supporting intersectional activists who are working to make our planet a better place!

As is illustrated by this Intersectional Environmentalist collaboration with graphic designer Eileen Tran (she/they) and activist Jarre Hamilton (she/her/hers), the LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately affected by climate issues, especially as they relate to housing, employment, and access to health care.

There are tons of amazing organizations and folks doing incredible work in this space — check out our article on the Venture Out Project from last June — and these three individuals are some of our favorites:

Queer Brown Vegan

Isaias Hernandez (he/they) is a “household name” here at VG, and we promise it’s not just because they spoke on our “Influencing for Good” panel at the 2022 Net Zero Conference. Isaias is doing incredible work to highlight intersectional identity, queer ecology, and climate optimism. To learn more about their work, check out their blog here.

Pattie Gonia

We had so much fun with Pattie Gonia (they/she/he) at 1% for the Planet’s Global Summit in 2022, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to shine a spotlight on them in this list. Pattie (Wyn Wiley when not wearing heels) has started an unstoppable movement with their Outdoorist Oath nonprofit, whose goal is to educate communities on the intersections of planet, inclusion, and adventure. They are also working with North Face’s new Queer Outdoor & Environmental Job Board, which shares employment opportunities for LGBTQ+ folks looking for work in the environmental field.

Verdical Group is celebrating pride month with a donation to Outdoorist Oath, and we’d like to invite you to join us in supporting this important work! (Not in a position to donate money? Outdoorist Oath also supports an amazing gear donation program.)

Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd

Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd (they/them) is an Indigenous transdisciplinary artist, poet, philosopher, and founder of Queer Nature, a nonprofit focused on nature-based mentorship. The organization facilitates workshops to teach place-based skills (such as naturalist studies, survival skills, and Indigenous histories of land) to QT BI & POC (queer and trans Black and Indigenous folks and people of color) communities. You can browse their course offerings here.