by James Whitely -
SGN Staff Writer
Various Seattle locations
On April 18, OUT for Sustainability, a local environmental organization dedicated to engaging members of the LGBT community, will hold its second annual 'Earth Gay.' The celebration will entail multiple volunteer service project opportunities and an afterparty at Havana on Capitol Hill, featuring DJ Lady Jane.
"Earth Gay is an opportunity to raise the visibility of the importance of environmentalism in the LGBT community," said Gerod Rody, executive director of OUT for Sustainability. "Earth Gay is also an opportunity for the environmental community to see the leadership and commitment to environmentalism that comes from the LGBT community, but often goes unrecognized."
Service projects include "Urban Farming" on Beacon Hill, a neighborhood cleanup in South Park, gardening in Rainier Valley, and habitat restoration with the Nature Consortium at Pigeon Point Park in West Seattle.
OUT for Sustainability is the brainchild of Rody, who started the organization in January of 2009.
"I had a lot of Gay friends and a lot of sustainable friends, but I really didn't have crossover," Rody told SGN. "So I started asking around."
"The original concept was focused more around social events. Since then, it's grown into a much more focused organization," said Rody.
Currently, OUT for Sustainability has a variety of functions, including programming, consulting, events, and advocacy. OUT for Sustainability will be coordinating two panels at Seattle's June 5-6 Greenfest.
Earth Gay is sponsored primarily by the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, Equal Rights Washington, and the Greater Seattle Business Association. Service projects take place from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. The afterparty begins at 5 p.m. and is free for service project volunteers, or a $5 donation. Refreshments will be provided to service project volunteers. Refreshments include organic donuts from Mighty-O and coffee from Fuel.
To learn more about Out for Sustainability, Earth Gay, or to register for one of the service projects, visit www.outforsustainability.org.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. This year marks the 40 anniversary of Earth Day.
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