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How Queer Groups Are Conquering the Great Outdoors

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The Advocate. “One that fits all of us. Through social media communities and hashtags, we’re able to find each other and have our social media feeds represent the broad spectrum of who’s truly recreating outdoors while the traditional platforms and brands represent the same narrow image we’ve grown accustomed to.”The author and podcaster behind Unlikely Hikers (@UnlikelyHikers), Bruso describes herself as a “white, queer, fat, femme writer and hiker” who is “bringing body liberation outdoors.” The outdoor experience, she says, has been traditionally unwelcoming to the LGBTQ+ community and people of color.“Outdoor culture is still very geared toward predominantly white, cisgender, heterosexual people,” she explains. “That may sound bizarre.

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