As part of our Pride celebrations, we wanted to shout out some of the incredible outdoors
organizations that are helping the queer community get outside and feel more at home out in the wild.
Below is a roundup of 5 of our favorite LGBTQIA2S+ organizations that are making the outdoors more inclusive for everyone.
Founded in 2014, Perry Cohen left his corporate job in leadership development to create The Venture Out Project.
The Venture Out Project “envisions a world where queer, trans, and LGBTQIA2S+ youth and adults create community, develop leadership skills, and gain confidence through the shared experience of outdoor adventure and physical activity.”
By organizingbackpacking and wilderness trips for the queer and transgender community, The Venture Out Project aims to bring people together and inspire an early love for the outdoors — a place that was made for everyone.
Van Life Pride provides a safe space for LGBTQIA2S+ & allies to connect, and celebrates queer nomads who have embraced the open road as their new home.
Featuring van build ideas, spotlights on queer van-lifers, and glimpses into adventures from all across the country, Van Life Pride showcases a side of the van life culture and community that is too often under-represented
The Queer Climbing Community “hopes to connect the LGBTQIA2S+ community through our love for climbing and the outdoors.” The QCC organizes monthly meet-ups where climbers of all skill-levels are able to come together and push themselves in a safe and accepting environment.
Past meet-ups have been held everywhere from Joshua Tree National Park to local climbing gyms in Wisconsin. Regardless of how much experience you have, The Queer Climbing Community can help you learn something new, meet new friends, and find a community that’s centered around the sport of climbing.
Wild Diversity seeks to "create and foster a personal connection to the outdoors for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities through adventures, skill-shares, and education."
By introducing the queer community to sports like free-diving, Wild Diversity is helping open up new ways to enjoy the outdoors through activities that are often difficult to start on your own. Adventure Guides help share their skills and enthusiasm with an eager community of learners who are looking for a community that loves the outdoors and provides an inclusive and safe space for all.
Based in Texas, the mission of LGBT Outdoors is to create a welcoming environment for young queer people to get involved in the outdoors without feeling intimidated or otherwise out-of-place. They organize local hikes, camping trips, and other expeditions for people of all skill-levels to help them become more comfortable in the outdoors. LGBT Outdoors believes that no matter where you are, there's a place for you.