Activist. Photographer. Artist. Traveler. Reluctant Writer.
Gunner Scott eats fire, leads a protest marches, & DJs lefty dance parties, sometimes in that order!
A queer FTM/Transgender activist, he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, where he completed an oral history project entitled “Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.” He has written articles for Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows newspaper, What’s Up magazine, Sojourner Women’s Forum, and “Agitate and Activate” the introduction to Pinned Down by Pronouns, the 2003 Lambda Literary nominee anthology. He is also a co-author on the study and the 2012 article in the American Journal of Public Health entitled “Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results From a Household Probability Sample of Adults.”
Gunner is the Director of Programs at the Pride Foundation located in Seattle, WA and brings over a decade of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community along with extensive experience policy development, program management, training, legislative campaigns, fundraising, and communications. Prior to living in Seattle, he was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) where he led a five-year legislative campaign for the Transgender Equal Rights bill, which passed in 2011.
Through Making Waves Coaching & Consulting, he supports artists, activists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs in developing their practices and self confidence in promoting their craft, their brand, and their passion to the world. With a 20 year background in providing mental health, substance abuse, and survivor empowerment counseling, he has supported individuals in making change. Along with his executive level non-profit management experience, he has been creative culture maker producing community arts events.
He has created culture making events and websites. In 2000, he founded Gender Crash Open Mic, which was Boston’s only specifically transgender inclusive ongoing event, which ran until 2009, and also the community driven websites ButchDykeBoy.com (2000-2004) and later GenderCrash.com (2004-2009). Since then, he has created LGBT dance and cultural events with DJ D’hana Perry and he is the other half of the DJ collective “2 Trans Guys and iPod” with Tre’Andre Valentine. He is also an avid photographer and is interested documentary photography, particularly in capturing social movements as they evolve.
With his involvement with the 2011/2012 Occupy Boston movement, he co-coordinated an art show in November 2011 at the Occupy Boston Dewey Square encampment entitled, Undivided: Dewey Square Pop-up Art Show – Inspired by Occupy Boston/Occupy Wall St. In addition to his participation with Occupy Boston, he was invited to participate at the “Trans-Form The Occupation,” a panel and community forum transgender awareness event held on day 58 of Occupy Wall Street in Liberty Plaza, NYC in 2011.
In addition to his social justice activism, he is also passionate about saving wild lions from extinction and captivity including advocating for lions to be added to the Endangered Species Act and all wild lion trophies from hunts should be banned from entering the United States and all other countries. You can follow him on Twitter @MrGunnerScott, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GunnerScott or Linked In at http://www.linkedin.com/in/gunnerscott or visit his virtual book store at Vintage Lions Bookshop
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To see archived blog posts from his old site visit http://gunnerscott.blogspot.com/