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From our E.D. Summer is our favorite time of year here at OTA because after all of the months of planning and preparations we finally get to play OUTside. This season is OTA's third and includes the most robust programming ever. While we've made many strides in our mission to create more accessible and equitable outdoor

IN THIS ISSUE 03 Summer Programs 04 LGBTQ Outdoor Summit 05 OTA Explores Expansion 06 Thanks Heather!

experiences for the Queer community, many barriers remain. We have entered a time where from the highest levels appropriate value is not being placed on things like preserving our Nation's public lands and the safety and welfare of all. OTA continues to be the one of only a few organizations working at the intersection of these issues. As funding across many sectors begins to be diverted or eliminated, the continued success of OTA's work will become more and more dependent on the generosity of private citizens. If you believe in the work OTA is doing and understand the importance of this resource continuing, I ask that you consider continuing to show your support for the great outdoors and for Queer youth by making a gift to OTA. In solidarity and adventure,


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SUMMER PROGRAMS Summer 2017 features the most ways ever to get OUT there with OTA.

NYC/OTA Conservation Crew Queer young people from around the country will converge on the Pacific

Youth Expeditions

Northwest for 4 weeks of conservation work

Later this month a Youth Expedition

in the Cascades and 1 week of sea kayaking

crew will head in to the North Cascades

in the San Juan Islands with Northwest

for 5 days of backpacking fun! Spots are

Youth Corps and OTA.

still available, so hurry and sign up

Queer Mountain School

before it's too late!

Now through October, OTA offers Queer young people 14 through 22 the chance to climb, hike, navigate, cook and more. All QMS sessions are 100% free and no experience is necessary! For more information, head to OTA's website:

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LGBTQ OUTDOOR SUMMIT OCTOBER 13TH & 14TH SEATTLE, WA Our public lands belong to all of us and everyone deserves the chance to enjoy time in the great outdoors. OUT There Adventures and Pride Outside are dedicated to providing relevant, inclusive opportunities outdoors for the LGBTQ community. We are excited to host the first of its kind LGBTQ Outdoor Summit--a chance to come together with representatives of the outdoor industry, conservation community, environmental education, and more to discuss the state of the LGBTQ community and the outdoors and look for opportunities to work together to support equity and social justice outside.


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ADULT PROGRAMMING OTA is researching the possibility of expanding its mission to include year-round programming for Queer adults (23+), and we'd like your input! Fill out, pass along or promote in other ways our survey here:

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s k n a Th her! t a e H Since this spring Heather has been crushing it as OTA's first-ever intern extraordinaire. Heather will be wrapping up her internship with OTA at the end of July, but we doubt this is the last we'll be seeing of her! Thanks for all of your fantastic work Heather and have a fantastic senior year of college!

Interested in learning more about OTA's internships? Email us at OUT There

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OTA's 2017 Summer Newsletter


OTA's 2017 Summer Newsletter