OUT for Sustainability invites you to celebrate our five-year anniversary with special guests, our local auction, seasonal hors d’oeuvres by Maven Meals, and local drinks. It’s been a remarkable evolution from a few friends forming a group of likeminded green gays to the now internationally recognized nonprofit we are today. More info on the event.
Here are a few highlights of the past five years:
Earth Gay: Our best-known event, a service project program celebrating the spirit of Earth Day the gay way has grown from 10 volunteers in 2009 to over 300 annual participants! Our flagship Earth Gay event in Seattle is one of the largest volunteer events in the city, and after a successful projects in Tacoma and Ocean Shores, we’re ambitious to see Earth Gay go truly national!
Greener Pride: We have a huge opportunity for impact with Pride festivities around the world, and we’re proud of what we’ve influenced so far in our home city. PrideFest now uses compostable cups in the beer garden and the Pride Parade no longer allows plastic bottle give-aways. Much more to be done, but diverting literally tons of plastic from the waste stream at Seattle’s second largest annual event feels good.
Sustainability and Society Series: Connecting ideas and people goes back to the beginning of the organization, from our social on sustainable sex toys through topics like queer food, responsible travel, and the evolution of the gayborhood. We’re ambitious to deepen and broaden the formats to give a the diverse voices of LGBTQ sustainability a chance to be heard while building a solid community.
Coming Out Local: This is where dozens of local farmers, local businesses, local organizations, and local enthusiasts gather to celebrate the diversity nurtured by a thriving local economy. We’re taking a year off from the big dinners we’ve been honored to host to rethink the format, but this core value of local action, local economy, local love isn’t going away.
Education, Advocacy, and so much more: Beyond these events (and others we’ve partnered, promoted, and hosted), OUT4S is out to change the world. The classic “act local, think global” adage rings true through the dozens of articles by and about us, the causes we’ve advocated for, and the ambition we have to use our unique position as the only LGBTQ nonprofit dedicated to sustainability to build momentum to the LGBTQ community to care more deeply about the environment, and to give greater visibility in the environmental movement to the uniquely strong and yet unseen impact the LGBTQ community makes every day toward a more responsible and just world for ALL.
Join us in celebrating our impact so far, and dream with us as we share our next five years based on the vision of a thriving and inclusive human and natural world for all.
When: Sunday October 13th, 2013 from 4-7PM
Where: Impact HUB in Pioneer Square of Seattle, WA