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Queer Culture Can Embrace Nature Through This Unique Curriculum

Indigenous cultures have a long history of celebrating queer and gender non-conforming members of their community

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Indigenous cultures have a long history of celebrating queer and gender non-conforming members of their community. They were often looked to for their wisdom, offering perspectives from both the masculine and feminine point of view and viewed as community leaders.

Queer Nature, founded by Pınar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, draws on this rich indigenous history of celebrating and uplifting queer voices, to create “ecological awareness and place-based skills as vital and often overlooked parts of the healing and wholing of populations who have been marginalized and even represented as ‘unnatural.’”

The focus is less so on outdoor recreation, as these activities oftentimes are not safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals, but instead base their curriculum on naturalist knowledge, wilderness and survival skills, natural crafts, and other nature-centered skills as a way to reclaim the outdoors for queer folx.

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