If you know the history of pride, you know that the first pride in June of 1969 was a riot against the police invasion of the Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar in New York City. At the time it was illegal for people to wear clothes of the opposite gender, so trans and gender non-conforming members of the community were heavily targeted by the police.
Many credit the Stonewall Inn Riot being started by a black trans woman, Marsha P. Johnson. Without her, pride as we know it might not exist today. This means we can’t talk about pride without talking about all under-represented communities. This is where Diversify Outdoors comes in.
Founded by Danielle Williams, who also started the influential Melanin Basecamp publication, Diversify Outdoors is a collective of storytellers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to promoting diversity in the outdoors where BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and underrepresented identities have traditionally been marginalized. They accomplish this through education, a CEO pledge, and uplifting under-represented stories.
Actions you can take today to help make the outdoors a more diverse and inclusive space is to visit their resource page to educate yourself on how to be an ally, diversify your feed by following community leaders listed on their connect page, and sign up for their newsletter to get regular updates and resources.