PHOTO GALLERY: Queer On The Outside

Tina Schuett / 31 / Brewer and Owner, Rare Bird Brewpub (Traverse City, MI) / Ninh Binh, Vietnam

“I was there with my wife on vacation. I bought her the trip as a gift for her 30th birthday. She said she wanted to checkout Asia, and Vietnam was on the top of our list.”

Sally and Gillian / 35, 30 / Software Development Manager; Textile Designer / At the allotment

“We are at our allotment plot, which was formerly maintained by our local ex-MP, who was ousted after a scandal involving rent boys and scat play (ousted from politics, that is, not ousted from the allotment. I’m sure the committee is very permissive about that sort of thing as long as you keep a well-tended plot). I have been tasked with planting beans, which is a step up because I am usually trusted only to water, or sit and drink beer. Gillian is watering. Probably the kale, because we are lesbians.”

Susanne / 29 / Grant writer / Little Rock, AR

“I’d just climbed Mt. Pinnacle in Little Rock, AR. I went last year for my birthday weekender – Little Rock is great for outdoorsy adventures!”

Diane / 29 / Southwestern-most corner of the United States

“Last October, I took a few weeks and rode my bike from Vancouver, BC to Tijuana, camping along the way. This is me after convincing the nice Homeland Security guy to take my picture. I’m smiling because it’s pretty much the first time all trip that it’s not raining…and I’m finally gonna take off the spandex in a few minutes.”

Mara Hasenstaub / 25 / Marketing Coordinator / Silver Falls Trail Half in Silver Falls, OR

“Currently living in Boulder, CO (because mountains…duh) and adventuring further west whenever I get the chance! You can find me being an REI lesbian outside, biking to a local brewery with friends, or having a Robyn dance party on a Friday night.”

Amber and Margaret / 25, 32 / Youth Worker; Risk Analyst / Boston

“Enjoying Sunday Funday on a rooftop overlooking the Charles River with some bubbly wine and cheesy photos.”

Juliette (she·her), Truman, Paige (they·them) / 26, 2, 23 / Nonprofit Communications Manager; Squirrel Chaser and Cuddle Buddy; Media Planner / Louisiana/Texas State Line

“We’re en route to see Paige’s parents in Texas for a weekend visit, where Paige will come out to them as gender non-conforming!”

Stasia, Emily / 21 / Soon-to-be-graduated students at Reed College and Harvard, respectively / Mount Hood National Forest, OR

“We’re typically long distance and love to get outdoors when we’re together; we had just finished a day hike in this photo and were enjoying the view of Mount Hood. Emily grew up backpacking all. the. time. Since our relationship started, I’ve discovered how much I (Stasia) love getting outdoors and up mountains. Plus, I love defying the assumption that Black people don’t/can’t camp or hike!”

Mathilde / 25 / Occupation Assistant, Solo wanderer / Beijing, China

“Since I work seasons I try to travel as much as I can in the winter. Last month I went to China, spent a month there. Since I’m flying solo I take mostly selfies or try to put my Gopro on the ground whenever’s possible and hit the timelapse button. Results can be a bit weird or absolutely awesome which is great both ways.”

Erin Fitzgerald, Adrienne Keel / 31, 30 / Software Developer; Outreach Coordinator

“This photo was taken at Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, CA (an agriculture-themed children’s amusement park). I was there with my partner and our four-year-old, but clearly I was really just trying hard to blend in with their pristine waterway.”

“This is Adrienne, my partner. I asked if I could take a photo of her to submit and she obliged. We were leaving my uncle’s house in San Jose, CA, after a non-denominational spring celebration. She was embarrassed to be photographed in the North Face fleece, but she’s just ‘into feeling comfy these days.'”

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  1. I love this!

    The other galleries were great, but fed my “Oh, no, no one else has a rustic farm meets country château aesthetic—I’m not queer enough!” anxieties. This one, though… I have a garden and grow stuff, I hike, I run, I bike, I visit parks and beaches and stand around in rivers!

    Also, you’re all too darned cute. The couples pictures slayed me.

  2. Everyone looks AMAZING

    And I have like other 50 llama pics if you want, just say the word.

    • Sorry, Alice, but I have to ask. Did you get spat by a llama?

      By the way, one thing stuck in my head, and I heard this while travelling on Northern Argentina, is that female llamas spit on males when she’s not interested in his advances.

      • Nope, fortunately not. I have to say though that we only got close to those we found in ‘touristy’ places (so they’re probably used to people being around them), we kept our distance with the ‘wild’ ones cause you never know :)

        A girl I met when I was there told me that thing and I was like SAME.

  3. Diane who biked from Tijuana to BC, if you’re willing pls pm me about how you planned your bike camp trip. Practical stuff like gear, budget, route, fitness + safety. Thanks!

  4. When I saw how many pages there were to this, I thought it would take an age to get through them all, but now I never want them to end…

  5. Aww these are all so awesome! <3

    And I love that my submission and my bff's submission are one after the other :)

  6. I’m from Asheville. I have been all over the Blue Ridge Parkway. That’s where I learned how to drive. My parents would take us to the Parkway and let us drive. I loved living there because there were so many beautiful places to go for a day or more. I have hiked and camped all over the Parkway and Pisgah National Forest with my Springers. Now I live in Winston Salem and go up to Pilot Mountain for day hikes. There were many pictures where I thought “I want to go there”. These are wonderful.

  7. so i’m okay with saying i know all the queers who’ve been outside. they have good outsides, the best ever

  8. I guess the ones I sent in weren’t HQ enough? Just my luck for trying to use my instax mini for this
    Unless I skipped a page
    Oh Well

    • ( @green I know ur busy and I’m sorry to bug you but I want my pics to make future galleries; what would the reasons be for a photo collage to not make it in & how can I avoid this fate in May?)

  9. I’ll have to get a better picture for the next gallery because man I don’t even look like myself in mine!

  10. I’m in my tent at the 96 mile mark on the PCT and I just looked through every photo and they brought me so much joy. Love you guys. <3

    • VANESSA I live in wrightwood! Literally on the pct. My housemates and I hosted 8 hikers over this past weekend. Hit me up with a pm!! We’all have a shower and laundry for you. <3

      (ps my pic in this gallery is like 4/5ths of the way down, Nina Vuoso outdoor educator in hotsprings :))

  11. I love and appreciate all you babes so much! Also ~Canadian queers~ I love how you all showed up!!!!!!!!! anyone wanting a hiking buddy I’m all around alberta and BC this summer so get at me

  12. Oh Emily of Saskatoon, this made me tear up:

    “These transitions have been much needed, soul filling, confusing, frustrating, wonderful and exhausting, and have had me deeply questioning what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, but last night the northern lights were so vibrant, dancing magnificently above as we walked by the river, and they told me I am exactly where I need to be.”

    I love and admire you so very much!

  13. One of my college roommates is from Vacaville and always said it was an alright city. Didn’t know it looks that beautiful and vibrant.

    Yay, I’m Autostraddle!

  14. It did not occur to me that I could send a photo from any time… all this month I’ve been like ‘it is gross outside. i will not be queer outside. only inside.’

  15. I’m sorry my queer outdoor photo didn’t make it into the gallery. I might post it here later.

    Theme suggestions:
    Queers at Work
    Queers with pets
    Queers on the move (bikes, buses, cars, unicycles)

  16. Deborah at the Shire! Sir Bud looking magnificent! Emily at a glacier! Vanessa on the PCT! Really, just everybody. Yay.

  17. Queer femme botanists!! In the Columbia Gorge! I am one of those! That’s where I am!!! Sofia if you see this I would love to botanize with y’all, I’ll bring fresh bread :’)

    • This gallery posted waaaaay more queer botanists and arborists than I would ever have anticipated!

  18. Michael in Toronto, if you’re reading this: I’d like to read more about your opinion on Basic Income! Where could I find it?

    • The Rural Dykes of America make me so happy! Seeing rural Wisconsin represented in the last TWO galleries just makes my heart sing! So much love for my fellow committed rural-dwelling Midwesterners!

  19. you’re all so beautiful in the great outdoors! i’m very inspired to do a shit-ton of hiking/camping/gardening/other activities in dirt this summer.
    also: Rural Dykes of America sounds like the greatest thing in the world and i’m suddenly really bummed that i don’t live in southern wisconsin.


    I love Iceland but didn’t get the chance to hike while I was there and am now even more determined to go back.

  21. Wow, we really love National Parks! Also, I’m moving to Northern California next year. Does anyone have some hiking trail recommendations for Santa Clara County and/or San Mateo County?

  22. Shout out to the ‘Strayans who submitted their gorg photos – wootwoot! :)
    And hopefully next time more photos from Asia / the Philippines!
    Thanks for putting this together, Laneia! Will there be another batch?? :)

    • Oh and thanks for including my photos! I finally made it in an Autostraddle photo gallery! :D #DayMade #LifeMade!!!

  23. Awww man the couples pictures. In my head a picture had to be super recent and my girl is currently 3,000 miles away, but we have some awesome pictures of us being hella gay outdoors when she’s visited. Whoops.

  24. So many cool people doing cool things!
    Also, so many people in Scotland!!! Where were you all when I still lived there, haha

  25. Hey Diana on Page 4, I live walking distance from that beer garden and was just there last weekend! I’ll definitely be there more often over the summer, so keep an eye out for purple hair – or just DM me, whichever’s easier.

  26. Rural Dykes of America sounds so wonderful and something that I wish I could be a part of.

  27. This gallery makes me want to go hiking and find other queer people in the wild! And it made me miss beautiful Britain. I forget how nice the countryside is back home. But I’m living in the Basque Country at the moment, and it’s pretty gorgeous here too.

  28. Laneia! This is my favourite Queer IRL so far! (And not just because my doggo and I are featured in it). I LOVE IT.

  29. Kerri, you are living the life of my dreams – Scottish graveyard catspotting.

    • It’s true – in that moment, the stars were 100% aligned!

      (A backstory: on that trip, I accidentally miscommunicated with the neighbors looking after my own cat, and the poor guy didn’t eat for three days. I was an absolute wreck about it, even though the neighbors rushed over and found that he was cranky but fine. Scottish graveyard cat was like a soothing feline balm for my frazzled heart!)

  30. Woohoo, I am glad that I could be the lucky one to represent Connecticut in this album! (Also happy I am not the ONLY person to not have myself in my picture!)

    • I grew up in Connecticut and was so happy to see a place next door from my hometown!

  31. Well these are all just dandy! What an awesome collection of photos reflecting the diversity of our queer world.

    Although I can’t help but notice that I am the official ‘eldergay’ #42goingon24 ?

  32. Well these are all just dandy! What an awesome collection of photos reflecting the diversity of our queer world.

    Although I can’t help but notice that I am the official ‘eldergay’ #42goingon24 ?

  33. Yay, hello from Slovakia to folks from Czech republic and Hungary! :-)
    Unfortunately I missed this call for photos, I love hiking and biking and being outside.
    Everybody is visiting such beautiful places. I really liked this gallery.

  34. Hi there, I was wondering if my photos could be removed from this gallery? I know I submitted them myself but I gave my full name and now they come up when you search my name on Google which, unfortunately, is not professionally wise for me :( Please let me know!

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