Author Archives: Max Sovine

Max Sovine works at Queer LifeSpace, a San Francisco-based nonprofit providing mental health services for the queer community. Sovine also coordinates retreats at the Buddhist Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Five people walking on a wide path through a redwood forest

Redwoods are a sanctuary on a trip for queer teens


There is something about the way mist clings to the coastal redwoods. Sound is muffled and the world feels insulated— severed from the frantic expectations of modern life. It also feels safe. Safety is an important topic these days, especially …

Max Sovine

Redwoods: A safe place to be ourselves


In a sense, I was a latecomer to the world of the redwoods and the world of being queer. In both of these worlds, I connected with my true self.