Rosie park ranger to share her ‘out’ NPS experience in online event

Rosie park ranger shares her ‘out’ NPS experience in online event
Photo credit: Rosie the Riveter Trust.

By Kathy Chouteau

In celebration of June Pride Month, Rosie the Riveter Trust is hosting a free online presentation of Rosie Presents, “Surviving and Thriving from Yosemite to Rosie the Riveter: A Lesbian Park Ranger in the National Park Service” on Thurs., June 30 at 6 p.m.

During the online event, retired Supervisory Park Ranger Elizabeth Tucker will reflect upon her 30 year career with the National Park Service (NPS) and her experience being an “out” lesbian within it, per the Rosie the Riveter Trust.

Tucker is an NPS trailblazer in the LGBTQIA community. A founding member of the GALA Yosemite Chapter (the Gay and Lesbian Associaiton of the NPS), Tucker participated in the SF Pride Parade long before the NPS permitted rangers to do so in uniform, and she collaborated with Public Historian Donna Graves to create the first official LGBTQIA exhibit in a national park visitor center at Richmond’s own Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, according to the Trust.

Rosie the Riveter Trust is the official nonprofit partner of the aforementioned national park. To join the free online event, click here. Questions? Contact Rosie the Riveter Trust at [email protected] or (510) 507-2276.