S2, Ep. 38: Bringing Pride To The National Parks


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Mikah Meyer is the gay Bear Grylls that America’s national parks fans have always needed. As the first person to visit all 419 US National Parks Service sites, Mikah has established himself as a leader in bringing LGBTQ+ rights to the forefront of the American outdoors. He speaks at events and churches around the country about his quest to promote inclusivity outside. Mikah joins No Blackout Dates this week to discuss what we all can do to show support for those who may feel unwelcome in the great outdoors, and dives into the complex issue of reconciling religious devotion with an LGBTQ+ lifestyle.

Mikah and the guys discuss whether or not it’s a good thing that Pride events have gone mainstream, and why he feels so strongly corporations washing their logo in rainbow colors during pride month is a good thing. He also discusses the role of the church in welcoming the LGBTQ+ community, and his participation in advocating for it. The takeaways are relevant all year long, but especially during Pride month.

In Hot Takes, Tim and Eben discuss why neither of them particularly care for multi-day camping festivals. They also discuss whether or not an expensive suitcase is better than a basic suitcase or even a lowly backpack.

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