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These proud LGBTQ adventurers are putting the ‘out' in outdoors

Posted On: 13 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

These proud LGBTQ adventurers are putting the ‘out' in outdoors

“The mountains are calling,” says a post by Pattie Gonia, an Instagram personality and - according to her bio - the world's first backpacking drag queen. “They want their femininity back.”
Despite monumental steps toward LGBTQ equality over the past 20 years, many in the outdoor community - including Wyn Wiley, the outdoor enthusiast behind Pattie Gonia's Instagram account - say they still don't see themselves reflected in outdoor culture. “Gay things” felt relegated to the city, Wiley explained in an Instagram post. Out on the trail or on the mountain, there was little room for rainbow flags, Ariana Grande, or the patent leather boots with 6-inch heels that have become one of his alter ego's signature fashion statements.
But Wiley and others are claiming space for themselves in the outdoors - with pride. “When you live unapologetically, the world is on your terms!” Wiley wrote in the caption for Pattie Gonia's first Instagram post in October 2018. Twirling hiking poles and dancing to Fergie's “London...

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