National Environmental Champion
Pinar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd
Co-Founder, Queer Nature
Pınar (they/them) is an Indigenous multi-species futurist, mentor, wildlife tracker and trans eco-philosopher; co-founder of Queer Nature, an “organism” stewarding earth-based queer community through ancestral skills, nature-connection and rites of passage. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is a future transcestor of Huanca Quechua, Turkish and Chinese lineages. A central prayer that guides them is envisioning decolonially-informed queer ancestral-futurism through interspecies accountability and the remediation of human supremacy in the Chthulucene. They are in a lifelong apprenticeship to the ecotone of riparian systems.
Their relationship with transness, hybridity, neurodivergence, Indigeneity, ecological kinship and belonging guided their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology through a decolonial lens. As a survival skills mentor, one of their core missions is to uplift and amplify the brilliant “survival skills” that BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+ and other systematically targeted populations already have in their resilient bodies and stories of survivance.
They are a Council Member of Intersectional Environmentalist and a member of Diversify Outdoors coalition. They also are adjunct faculty at the WE Immersion at Weaving Earth and facilitate and design multi-day programs at Colorado College and the University of Colorado Boulder.