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Check Out These Amazing LGBTQ+ Outdoor Groups

In honor of National Coming Out Day this past Sunday, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the incredible LGBTQ+ organizations that are making the outdoors a more welcoming place. The outdoors is for everyone, and we hope this list can be used as a resource for creating community and feeling included.

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As our pal Stephen Shelesky put it best: “There will never be a perfect time to come out; it’s an intimidating step that will always be surrounded by a lot of fear. Ultimately only you will know when the time is right if the time is ever right. With that being said, coming out was the most transformative decision I ever made. Living truthfully creates new space for so many things I previously denied myself. True, deep, meaningful human connections sitting at the front. Today I can say that I have a smile on my face more days than I ever have before. I’ve found the community I’ve longed for here in Jackson, I’ve stepped up my career with newfound personal confidence, and for the first time I feel that I’m truly on my way to creating the life I’ve long dreamt of.”

Get Out and Trek

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“Get Out and Trek (goat) is an outdoor community of LGBTQ adventurists. Through our trips and events, we're changing the face of outdoors, carving a path to more authentic representation, and having fun while doing it.” - GOAT website.

The Venture Out Project

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“The Venture Out Project is committed to facilitating backpacking and wilderness trips for the queer and trans community in a safe and inclusive environment. We also provide comprehensive inclusion workshops for educators, adventure professionals, summer/day camps and more.” - Venture Out project website.

Wild Diversity

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“To welcome and create a sense of belonging in the outdoors for the BIPOC & LGBTQ+ communities. We host outdoor adventures, provide outdoor education, and facilitate community workshops.” - Wild Diveristy website.

Diversify Outdoors

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“We are a coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs – who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented. We are passionate about promoting equity and access to the outdoors for all, which includes being body positive and celebrating people of all skill levels and abilities.” - Diversify Outdoor website.

Trevor Project

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"The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25." - The Trevor Project website.

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