Laughlin Artz's Skate of the Union is an 8-week tour of the country to engage people in ending the climate crisis now. Follow along here (with the latest posted on top):
Skate of the Union at Lauridsen Skate Park (the biggest skate park in the country) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Laughlin recruited a go go dancer to the cause
The 2030 or Bust awareness campaign was recently highlighted on SkateboardingSaves.org.
Catch up on the tour so far with this compilation video:
Laughlin in Niles District, Fremont, CA
Laughlin in the Castro, San Francisco's gay neighborhood.
In Denver Laughlin got to skate with world champion longboarder Jeff Vyain
Here's a short video of my conversation with Sean, manager of The Triangle in Denver, a gay bar with a FIERCE commitment to sustainability. They don't use plastic (only compostable materials) and within a year they will be totally wind-powered. What a great convergence of queer culture, skateboarding and ending the climate crisis!
Skate of the Union continues as Laughlin Artz stops for a shot at the Blue Haven Motel in Osceola, IA
Artz skateboards down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois:
Laughlin Artz skates past the Institute of Art in Chicago
Artz announces his arrival in Chicago:
Artz talks about the experience so far and thanks Out Traveler readers for their support.
At a stop in Albany, New York, Artz calls on skateboarders in Chicago to join him
Below Artz dodges cars as he zig-zags down Christopher Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Although no longer the heart of New York's LGBTQ+ community, Christopher Street is the home of Stonewall Inn, whose role in the queer rights movement is indelible.
Artz launched this year's Skate of the Union with events held at The Q (NYC's biggest queer-owned club). He's pictured in the opening photo with the drag queen Castrada:
Last winter Artz skateboarded from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he dressed as a polar bear while skating down the Vegas strip: