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Join the USM Special Collections LGBTQ+ Collection for a Zoom panel discussion on what it means to be queer in the outdoors. Our panelists will touch on many topics like how empowering a shared joy in nature can be for queer folks, what it's like to be trans on the trail, and what LGBTQ+ organizations are doing to promote outdoor stewardship in Maine and New England. Attendees are welcome to participate in the discussion - what do you like to do Outside?

Meet our Facilitator and Panelists:

Facilitated by: Benn Marine

Benn is a member of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee and a social justice advocate.

Travis Clough

Travis grew up on the banks of the Penobscot River and developed a deep connection with mountains from an early age. A love of the outdoors has informed the many places he's lived across the country. After his most recent stint in the Pacific Northwest exploring the Cascades, he has finally returned to his home State of Maine having arrived just a few months shy of the pandemic. Travis was most recently the director of trip operations at The Venture Out Project (ventureoutproject.com), a LGBT/Queer outdoor organization based in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is now combining his love of gear and sewing and making bags under the name T⚡Bag. Find him at @t_bag_maine. Travis became a Registered Maine Guide in the summer of 2020. You can see Travis's film "Trannychasers" HERE.

Steven Pinkham

Steve, who grew up in western Maine, comes from a family of Maine guides and lumbermen, then left to go to college, earned a degree in Recreation Leadership, and worked for 10 years at the Hartford YMCA's Camp Jewell. An avid hiker and paddler, he has climbed over 250 mountains in New England and canoed down many of its rivers. He joined the New England-based Chiltern Mountain Club in 1983, was president during the club's 20th and 25th anniversary years, Leadership Trainer for 30 years, and has led over 350 trips and events for that club in the past three decades. Today he is a writer and published his first book "Mountains of Maine" in 2009. You can purchase "Mountains of Maine" HERE.

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