Top-rated nature and exploration magazine National Geographic recently named an environmentalist and outdoor-loving drag queen named “Pattie Gonia” as one of its “2024 Travelers of the Year.”

In a late January publication, the long-running magazine named nine people – influencers in the fields of nature, culture, travel and the outdoors – its travelers of the year, and awarded awards to the drag queen named after the outdoor clothing company, a disabled one. skier and climate change activist, among others.

The article featuring the nine said: “From a family searching for African ancestry to a music icon celebrating her Tennessee roots, our nine Travelers of the Year inspire us to experience the best of the world, and once we leave , help make our trips more meaningful.”

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Drag queen at event

Drag queen “Pattie Gonia” was recently named one of National Geographic’s “Travelers of the Year.” (Christopher Polk / Contributor)

“They are explorers, boundary breakers and changemakers who know a thing or two about where and how to travel right now.” added.

Pattie Gonia seemed to be the most political choice on this 2024 list. The redhead drag queen who can be seen sporting a matching mustache on her Instagram page was chosen as Nat Geo’s “Outdoor Inspiration.”

Gonia’s entry read: “Artist, environmentalist and drag queen Wyn Wiley, known professionally as Pattie Gonia, helps LGBTQ+ youth discover the wonders of the outdoors. As founder of the nonprofit Outdoorist Oath, she brings together the queer community in the parks and wild spaces of Oregon, his home state.

The outlet went on to say, “Her feel-good music videos address environmental justice and identity pride, and include collaborators like cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Indigenous trans musician Quinn Christopherson.”

I provided a link to one of the artist’s nature-themed music videos, titled “Won’t Give Up.” The video featured the mustachioed drag queen singing while she stood on glaciers, while Christopherson lent her vocals to the track and the legendary cellist added his somber strings to the melody.

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Gonia at the awards ceremony

Pattie Gonia speaks on stage at the 33rd Annual EMA Awards Gala in Los Angeles (Christopher Polk / Contributor)

The video’s YouTube title said it was “created as an anthem for the climate movement.”

The post also included a quote from the drag queen, who said: “Every year my community raises funds to send 10 queer youth on a fully scholarship backpacking trip. One of the attendees said to me and the group around the fire: ‘Being on this trip has helped me recover a childhood that I couldn’t have.’ That’s all for me.”

Gonia also added her top travel tip for readers: “Get up before the sun rises. Get out, walk, and watch the world wake up.”

The drag performer shared news of the award on an Instagram page this week and gave a shout-out to National Geographic saying, “Thank you @natgeo. An honor!!!!!”

Chaya Raichik, owner of the Libs of TikTok account, shared an X-rated image of the drag queen being recognized. The user commented: “They really have to shove this in our faces everywhere. It’s not accidental. It’s all by design.”

By Sam