The Gender Unicorn? Tell Me More!

Includes a Live Event on 05/27/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

This educational webinar is designed to teach park and recreation professionals about LGBTQIA2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/non-binary, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, 2-spirit, etc.) identities, and is the start of many DEI offerings to come! The webinar offers park and recreation professionals with an opportunity to learn about the history of LGBTQIA2S+ people in the United States and how their experiences have helped to shape today’s work for equity and inclusion in society. Join us for this engaging webinar in which our speakers will make the connections between identities and embodied experiences, and identify structures that shape our experience of gender, sexuality, class, race, ability, ethnicity, etc. In addition, participants will learn about the evolution of terminology, pivotal events and timelines, and contemporary topics related to ensuring fair, just and equitable inclusion of LGBTQIA2S+ people in the United States.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand basic LGBTQIA2S+ history. 
  2. Explain the basic social construction of sex, gender and sexuality.
  3. Describe intersectionality from an LGBTQIA2S+ perspective.


NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

​Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer

National Recreation and Park Association

Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  Now a resident of Washington DC and mom of two, she is the VP for Education & Chief Equity Officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). 

She started her career as an elementary school Health and PE teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in Health Education and Sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity and the outdoors.  Most recently, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Lead for NatureBridge, and prior to that she held positions as the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Program Specialist at DC Department of Health and (Health) Recreation Specialist at both Montgomery County and DC Departments of Recreation.

Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities and ideas.  And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things Marvel, Octavia Butler or Star Trek: The Next Generation.  

Tiff Cunin (they/them)

Senior Program Manager, Health and Wellness Team

National Recreation and Park Association

Tiff Cunin (they/them) is the Senior Program Manager on the Health and Wellness Team at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), where they manage various portfolios of work including healthy aging in parks and youth mentoring. They have more than 10 years of experience in physical activity and public health and are passionate about bridging innovative interdisciplinary approaches with public health practice to optimize health and well-being for our most vulnerable populations through physical activity, recreation, and play.

Tiff is also a PhD student in the Translational Health Sciences program at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. Their research is focused on knowledge translation that supports the development and implementation of evidence-based programs to improve health outcomes among transgender and gender non-binary older adults.

Additionally, they are an active member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s), LGBTQ+ Health Caucus, GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality), and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).

Tiff is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to backpack, surf, snowboard, hike, camp and more. Tiff has lived all over the world, but currently calls Silver Spring, MD home, where they live with their partner and two cat children, Hobie and Sprinkles. 

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