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posted Friday, February 15, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 7
Pride Foundation welcomes new director of programs
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Pride Foundation welcomes new director of programs

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pride Foundation welcomed Gunner Scott as the Director of Programs this week.

A founding member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Scott is also its most recent executive director. He will begin work at the Seattle-based Pride Foundation in March.

'Gunner brings over a decade of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community along with extensive experience in training and curriculum development, program management, public education and legislative campaigns, fundraising, and communications. We are thrilled to welcome him to Pride Foundation's family,' said Pride Foundation Executive Director Kris Hermanns. 'With his deep understanding of our community's issues and expertise in program development, Gunner will enhance our foundation's leadership role in the Northwest.'

A VOICE FOR TRANS RIGHTS
Scott is a nationally recognized activist, educator, and community organizer on LGBTQ health issues, domestic violence, substance abuse, and access issues for the Transgender community. In 2011, after a five-year campaign led by MTPC under Scott's direction, the Massachusetts legislature passed a Transgender equal rights bill.

'I am excited to join Pride Foundation because I feel passionately about its regional vision and leadership,' said Scott.

'With the progress our movement has made, it is so important to focus on supporting those who live in rural and remote communities that often are not given the same attention as those on the coasts. I'm also motivated to help Pride Foundation further develop and expand programs that enhance the capacity and impact of the Northwest's LGBTQ organizations and leaders, and that encourage cross-collaboration with other social justice movements. This effort will be essential to advancing LGBTQ equality across all the states that Pride Foundation serves.'

The Director of Programs is a new position at Pride Foundation that will provide strategic vision and leadership for the donor-supported LGBTQ community foundation's programmatic efforts throughout the Northwest. The director will oversee all aspects of grants and scholarships across five states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) as well as develop strategies for special initiatives.

MORE ABOUT SCOTT
Gunner Scott holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Goddard College, where he completed an oral history project, 'Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.' He has written articles for the Boston Phoenix and Bay Windows newspapers, What's Up magazine, and Sojourner Women's Forum. He penned 'Agitate and Activate,' the introduction to Pinned Down by Pronouns, a 2003 Lambda Literary-nominated anthology, and co-authored a study and 2011 American Journal of Public Health article, 'Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results from a Household Probability Sample of Adults.' Scott has been on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank since 2010 and is a founding member of the Trans Advocacy Network. He also currently serves on the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth and the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. In addition to his social justice activism, he is also passionate about saving wild lions from extinction and captivity.

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