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OUT for Sustainability goes GreenFest 2010

June 8, 2010

Seattle non-profit OUT for Sustainability (O4S) made an impact during this weekend’s Seattle Green Festival (hereby referred to as “GreenFest”), a two-day convention on Northwest sustainability trends, services and culture. We did so much in fact that it must be presented in bulleted form, for each feat is deserving of its own…bullet (that really doesn’t sound special, but it is):

  • O4S founders Gerod Rody and Julian O’Reilley, and VP Elan Keehn spoke during the two-day event: Rody and O’Reilly on O4S as an LGBTQ sustainability organization; and Keehn contributing to a panel on Youth Action, speaking on O4S’s new LGBTQ Youth Environmental Leadership program.
  • The O4S Board of Directors (of which I am a member) succeeded in spreading word of the “gay and green” community. Located in the community action space, we tabled during GreenFest in its entirety and greeted enthusiastic passersby who were glad to see all six colors of the rainbow amidst a sea of green.
  • O4S announced the launch of its new, redesigned website, which I am once again featuring in link form, here.
  • In addition to the new website, we were able to promote our upcoming events:
    • O4S’s June Social Hour, hosted by STILL Liqour, happening June 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Fun fact: STILL Liquor is located at the recently re-purposed Melrose Triangle building between Pike and Pine. They will feature organic drinks in honor of our hosting the event there. This promises to be a great way to celebrate Pride month. Unfortunately this event is 21 and over, but look for July’s Social Hour to be held at an all ages venue.
    • O4S’s 2010 Green(er) Pride campaign.
    • Our July 24 hike with the Sierra Club. There will be more on this later. A lot more.
  • A few out-of-town attendees of Seattle GreenFest 2010 expressing interest in starting O4S chapters in D.C., North Carolina, San Francisco and Tacoma, Wash. Not to mention our current L.A. chapter still in development mode. Gotta love prospects.

I was incredibly impressed with all the work OUT for Sustainability did this weekend, and that which we continue to do in the next couple months. When I began tabling Saturday afternoon, the first person who greeted me said something along the lines of: “It’s so great you’re here, but I think the gay community is too apathetic when it comes to sustainability.” Interesting. Because the rest of the ‘mos and straight allies who greeted our table — who were there because it was a SUSTAINABILITY CONVENTION — pretty much said “it was about time the LGBTQ community did something for the sustainability movement.”

What say you? Was the first and only nay-sayer I encountered during GreenFest right to say we gays are too apathetic to care about the sustainability movement? Are “we” so jaded to be green? And if no — and by the way, NO! — what do you think needs to be done to promote the continuous bridging of the LGBTQ community with the sustainability movement? This isn’t just a question to contemplate — your comments could lead to the development of this movement. Don’t be shy.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Daniel permalink
    June 8, 2010 4:04 pm

    I always thought gays where the epitome of sustainability. We do our part for population control 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

  2. Scott Lansing permalink*
    June 8, 2010 4:25 pm

    Touche, Daniel. Touche.

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