Bet You Didn’t Know Our National Parks Are Gay!

Arches National Park
Arches National Park

Well, actually not gay but surprisingly LGBT friendly because, well, you don’t normally associate the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender with our national parks system, which is witnessing increased visitation in the run up to its centennial anniversary in August 2016.

It turns out that on May 30, 2014 the National Park Service announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. Fittingly the announcement was made outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. For more information on what is included in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative click on this link.

Summer is super high season for the parks and a lot of them are just uncomfortably crowded. Many lesser known ones are not. Here’s a recent New York Times piece on how to get the most out of our national parks this summer.  Why not celebrate both gay pride and pride in our beautiful national parks this pride season?

Photo: Arches National Park by Stephen Oachs 

Published by edsalvato

Educator, marketing, communications and travel safety expert; LGBTQ Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show; public speaker; expert panel organizer and moderator

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