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.  

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.