You won’t believe who National Geographic picked for “Traveler of the Year”

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National Geographic is one of the most widely respected and easily recognizable publications of all time.

But it doesn’t seem like something as reliable and trustworthy as National Geographic is safe from all of the madness in America today.

And you won’t believe who National Geographic picked for “Traveler of the Year.”

National Geographic adds a drag queen to its list of “Travelers of the Year”

Wyn Wylie, a drag queen who goes by the name “Pattie Gonia,” was just named by National Geographic as one of its nine “Travelers of the Year.”

The drag queen is a self-described “intersectional environmentalist drag queen and advocate for inclusivity in the outdoors.”

Wylie also claims to “uplift LGBTQIA+ people and other underrepresented groups in the outdoors.”

The performer, who is based in Oregon, currently has over 600,000 followers on social media.

In a video for the 2023 North Face “Summer of Pride” campaign, Wylie said “hi, it’s me, Pattie Gonia, a real-life homosexual. We are here to invite you to come out in nature with us!”

The drag queen co-founded a nonprofit called The Outdoorist Oath, which promotes an “action-based environment for the planet, inclusion, and adventure.”

The Outdoorist Oath asks members to take an oath that includes not just acknowledging climate change, but also committing to advocacy for environmental justice and agreeing that “systemic oppression is real and that hatred, discrimination, and biases marginalize people.”

The nonprofit aims to promote inclusivity while raising awareness about things like “microaggressions in the outdoors.” 

It also hosts workshops called “Stretch Sessions,” which includes a session that focuses on white supremacy.

According to an announcement for one of the workshops on white supremacy, “the Stretch Session will challenge your perspective and make you think critically about the role White Supremacy plays in your experience in the outdoors, whether you’re white or BIPOC. Confronting our white supremacy will never be easy, but it is a necessary step in creating a more inclusive and equitable outdoors. So we wanted to provide a short introduction into some of the concepts that will be likely used and discussed during this session.”

The insanity continues

Before diving into more about “Pattie Gonia,” it’s important to note that The Walt Disney Company has held majority ownership in National Geographic Partners, LLC since 2019.

Outdoorist Oath issued guidance about how to improve “racial literacy” in advance of its workshop on white supremacy.

The nonprofit’s website says that the concept of “race” was “created by pseudo-science to justify the displacement and exploitation of peoples globally.”

The group also issued a statement in support of Palestine and called for a cease-fire on its website.

They claimed the work they do “would not be needed if it weren’t for the long-lasting and ongoing negative effects of colonization and imperialism. We cannot look beyond our borders without the understanding that we are all interconnected. The struggles for the liberation of our planet and its people, are one in the same.”

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.