Title: Director of Programs
Gunner Scott is the Director of Programs at Pride Foundation. In 2013 he traded in the Northeast (Boston & snow) for the Northwest (Seattle & rain) with his husband Lee, their two cranky cats, Bertie & Fred, and their Maltese rescue dog, Betty Rumble. Prior to living in Seattle, he was a founding member and 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 the Massachusetts legislature in 2011.
He brings over twenty years of experience leading change in the LGBTQ community, including his work in the fields of LGBTQ partner abuse, Transgender equality, community arts and culture, LGBTQ public policy, public education, and training. Gunner received a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College, where he completed the oral history project entitled “Boston Area Transgender Community Leaders and the ENDA Crisis.”
He has written articles on issues of transgender equality, healthcare access, racial equality, and LGBTQ partner abuse for publications such as the Advocate, Huffington Post, Clockworks Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows Newspaper, the 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, What’s Up magazine, and Sojourner Women’s Forum. He also penned “Agitate and Activate,” the introduction to Pinned Down By Pronouns, a 2003 Lambda Literary-nominated anthology and he is the co-author on the study and 2011 American Journal of Public Health article “Transgender Health in Massachusetts: Results from a Household Probability Sample of Adults.”
He currently serves on Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) advisory committee, an initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and was previously a Commissioner on the City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission. In addition to his work in the LGBTQ community, he serves the on the Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC), his neighborhood advocacy group.
Gunner believes that equality should know no boundaries, including state lines, city limits, or rural routes and Pride Foundation’s work will help to advance equality for LGBTQ youth, adults and families across the Northwest.
Contact Gunner about Pride Foundation’s programmatic efforts and special initiatives throughout the Northwest.