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INTRODUCING THE 2021 GISH MASCOT… 

THE BEELINE!

For our 10-Year Anniversary Hunt, the GISH Species Hybridization Lab hive mind concocted what may be our strangest new hybrid species mascot to date.

Part rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), part African black-footed cat (Felis nigripes), this bumble bee-meets-feline mashes up two IUCN endangered and vulnerable species to create a new mascot that’s a sweet as a kitten…  until you cross her! Our new kitty (kitt-bee?) mascot is friendly, but she’s also a mercurial, fierce fighter and she isn’t declawed. Get on her wrong side and watch the fur fly — literally — as she stings and scratches in a flash. You’ve been warned!

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GISH MASCOTS

We’re not saying GISH is a dangerous work environment, but OSHA reports indicate an alarming rate of turnover for GISH mascots due to “workplace safety incidents.” To be blunt, mascots sometimes meet a tough end! Previous mascots have been run over by a bus, gone to rehab, had nervous breakdowns, lost rigged elections, been hospitalized in unfortunate bounce-house injuries, and were even eaten alive. 

After our 2019 mascot Assbutt asked to cocoon-in-place due to COVID-19 fears, the Sqroose bravely took on this hazardous gig as a long-term independent contractor and has been doing a great job when he actually shows up for work. 

So it is with heavy hearts that we report that Sqroose is on indefinite leave after a completely accidental workplace injury — one that is in no way GISH CORP’s fault since our beloved moose/squirrel hybrid failed to report that they’re allergic to both bees AND cat scratches, so they definitely can’t sue us. (Our lawyers made us say that part.)

But don’t fear, Gishers! Sqroose received immediate first aid and our GISH hybrid vets report that the stitches should heal in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Beeline has graciously agreed to take over the job for the 2021 season.  

But just between us, we kind of wonder if she meant to take Sqroose down to snag the coveted role herself…

MEET BEELINE!

ABOUT BEELINE

  • PRONOUNS: SHE/HER
  • SPECIES: Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis) + African black-footed cat (Felis nigripes)
  • OBSERVED BEHAVIOR IN LAB: Temperamental. Prone to play & purring followed by bouts of scratching, hissing, & yowling for no apparent reason. Crepuscular. 
  • HOBBIES: Needlepoint, knitting, yarn-bombing, mousing, canning (especially honey), gardening, archaeology, travel, volunteering at vaccination clinics, watching sunrises and sunsets from a cozy flower.
  • SKILLS: Aerial yoga, subterfuge, party planning, social media and socialization.
  • FAVORITE FOODS: Honeysuckle, and toadflax pollens, Chicken Alfredo.
  • LIKES: Gentle pets, catnip, laser pointers, aerial acrobatics, LGBTQ pride, equality/equity, acts of social good, flowers, purple, yarn arts, yarn.
  • DISLIKES: Climbing trees, laser pointers, gentle pets, “belly rubs,” neonicotinoids, imitation floral perfumes, hypocrisy, making lists of likes and dislikes, yarn arts, yarn. BATHS. DOGS.
Join the Hunt and come discover the world virtually with Beeline!
CHANGE THE WORLD FOR GOOD WITH US… JUST BY HAVING FUN.

Embark on a virtual journey with host Misha Collins to rediscover the world  as you connect,  get creative, and help make the world a brighter, weirder place!

Basic Registration for the 2021 GISH Hunt is just $25.01!

That’s about the price of a trip to the movies or 100 quarters and a penny for a whole week-long adventure that actually helps you do good and takes you “around the world in 8 days” with host Misha Collins. Play as much or as little as you like, anywhere you are. Every registration supports True Colors United to help LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness!

ABOUT TRUE COLORS UNITED

The LGBTQ community has been hit exceptionally hard by the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, compounding the challenges they already face in a world filled with discrimination, marginalization, and erasure. True Colors United fights for equality and ensures  our beloved global LGBTQ community has the resources they need and receives support during these challenging times. Young  people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. Your support will help us make a difference for them and advocate to change their lives for the better.

Come to the weirdest World’s Fair ever with us right from the comfort of your own home— and when you do, you’ll help us shine a bright light of compassion and equality all around the world!