A drag queen’s quest to ‘stir the pot’ in the climate movement

By Robin Bravender | 04/22/2024 01:34 PM EDT

Pattie Gonia, dressed as a tree and wearing 6-inch heels, was a sensation on Capitol Hill last week. 

Pattie Gonia

Drag queen and environmental advocate Pattie Gonia at a press conference at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Melissa Lyttle/Earthjustice

Pattie Gonia had an epic day of meetings with White House officials and members of Congress, and she did it all in platform heels.

“I stomped around in these 6-inch high heels all around and through in the bowels of our government,” the climate drag queen and queer activist said Tuesday during an interview at Earthjustice’s office in downtown Washington.

She was dressed as a tree, with branches and leaves shooting out of her arms, sparkling green fingernails and a pair of knee-high arboreal platform boots. She was in town urging Biden administration officials and members of Congress to protect old-growth forests.


“These forests are a climate solution that is right in front of our face,” she said. “It’s not like we have to do anything. We just have to not do things,” she said. “It’s so easy.”