Understanding Identity & Expression

A key aspect of ensuring national parks remain a welcoming and safe place for all means gender identity and expression are foremost topics. Whatever your personal sense of gender, these parks belong to you as well, and you are welcome. With this page, we aim to showcase the national parks community from the angle of gender identity and expression.  

Distance Hiking During a Pandemic

When the news dropped in March that people were getting sick from this mysterious virus, cities were shutting down since no one knew how it spread, and full-on panic hit the United States. Our wedding wasn’t exactly on the top of our list of concerns, but as time went on and people settled into the social distancing scene, we came to the realization that the responsible thing for us to do was cancel our wedding and reception.

What It’s Like Being Non-Binary on Trails

Just because society sees my gender as “outside the box” doesn’t mean my trail life is unusual compared to the next person. Nature doesn’t care where I use the restroom, as long as its away from a water source and off-trail, of course. The animals I come across do not ask where I fit on the gender binary scale. Sure, other people I come across might be confused at first and require some reassurance, but hiking and backpacking have become my escape from the binary—a place where I can exist without question; a safe-haven for my transgendered body.