Happy Pride Month y’all. What better way to celebrate pride in the outdoors community than by uplifting the folk in our community who are LGBTQIA+ and the organizations that represent them. Historically the outdoor community has not been very inclusive or progressive. However, we are happy to report that this is changing and we want to celebrate that. So, check out this list of amazing people and organizations trying to create a better, more inclusive outdoor world.
Organizations Supporting LGBTQIA+ Rights In The Outdoors
Inclusive Outdoors Project is exactly that, a project and organization aiming to create a more inclusive outdoor world. They host events that "bridge the gap between affinity spaces and outdoor-based organizations." Essentially they want to bring inclusive thinking to outdoor spaces. This is a huge hell yes from us. Check them out here.
Diversity Outdoors is a coalition of humans with a strong social media presence, who want to share and promote diversity in the outdoors online. Diversify Outdoors represents the underrepresented groups in the outdoors, for example, the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, people with disabilities, women, and an intersection of all of the above. Its mission is to represent, share, connect and grow diversity within the outdoor community. Check them out here.
Queer Nature embodies the LGBTQIA+ community and nature wholeheartedly. Started by Pınar Ateş Sinopoulos-Lloyd and Boreal Faun to represent non-binary, two-spirit and LGBTQIA+ people in the outdoors. Check them out here.
Transending is an organization fighting for trans rights in the outdoors. They aim to support trans athletes to create more visibility and representation. Their current athlete is Erin Parisi who is on her way to becoming the first openly trans person to summit all the highest mountains on every continent. There is an awesome podcast on REI's website about her journey. To learn more about Transending7, check them out here.
Wild Diversity is the essence of intersectionality in the outdoors. While many groups offer support to POC and LGBTQIA+ communities there are not as many who focus on the intersection of both, which is why a space like this is so needed. They offer adventures to join, skill shares, and educational resources. To find out more, check them out here.
QPOC hikers is a community organization that wants to make the outdoor world more accessible for Queer People of Color. They share stories, events and resources for QPOC people in the outdoor community. Their stories are beautiful, inspiring, and most importantly they create community, understanding and representation. Check them out here.
LGBT outdoors is an organization with chapters in North America and Europe, whose goal is to bring together the LBGTQIA+ community in the outdoors. They use social media and connect people by promoting events outdoors. A great resource to find a safe space for the LBGTQIA+ community in the outdoors. Check them out here.
And these are just to name a few! These pages and organizations often work together and promote one another so you are sure to find more just by starting here.
If you're looking for other ways to learn more about pride in the outdoors #prideoutside here are some other great resources to celebrate pride month in the outdoor community!
Anthems - "a collection of original manifestos, speeches, stories, poems, and rallying cries written and voiced by exceptional people, that celebrate and contemplate what it means to be human."
Outward - "Slate's queer podcast, is a whip-smart monthly salon in which hosts and guests deepen the audience’s understanding of queer culture and politics, delight them with unexpected perspectives, and invite listeners into a colorful conversation about the issues animating LGBTQ communities."
AfroQueer - "stories of Queer Africans “living, loving, surviving and thriving on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.”