National Geographic 2024 Traveler of the Year extreme drag queen choice is not going over well

Among the nine 2024 “Travelers of the Year” named by National Geographic is drag queen Pattie Gonia.

“Artist, environmentalist, and drag queen Wyn Wiley—known professionally as Pattie Gonia—helps LGBTQ+ youth discover the wonders of the outdoors,” the magazine reported.

“As founder of the nonprofit Outdoorist Oath, she brings the queer community together in the parks and wild spaces of Oregon, her home state,” National Geographic continued. “Her feel-good music videos address environmental justice and pride in identity, and include collaborators such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Indigenous trans musician Quinn Christopherson.”

The drag queen’s self-proclaimed “style” was described as “Campy, witty, sustainable, and unapologetic. A lady in the streets but a freak on the peaks.”

“Pattie Gonia is more than a drag queen,” announced one publication, adding, “she’s an environmentalist who is introducing the magic of nature to a new generation.”

“Pattie Gonia fearlessly pursues intersectional activism in her advocacy. For years, she has been creating a space for LBGTQ+ youth in the great outdoors and engaging in environmentalism with humor and joy,” the Good Good Good article explained.

National Geographic’s decision to include a drag queen in its top list of travelers disturbed plenty of social media users who let their opinions be known on X.

Frieda Powers


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