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Have you ever asked yourself, “Is it safe to hold my significant other’s hand here?” LGBTQ+ people are regularly assessing if spaces are welcoming. Even more so in outdoor and rural places that have traditionally been less welcoming than urban bubbles. To remedy this, the Outside Safe Space program created a symbol that can be worn by allies (as a pin or sticker) on their outside gear to indicate they are an affirming person. While no one person can solve homophobia, this is an easy action one person can take to help...
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The Outside Safe Space tree represents welcome to LGBTQ+ people. Whether you’re an ally or identify as LGBTQ+, wearing or displaying this symbol nonverbally communicates your support for folks being their authentic selves in rural and outdoor places--those outside traditionally welcoming spaces.
The OSS symbol was thoughtfully designed to incorporate the history and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. For more info on its meaning, scroll down.
Use #AdventurePride on your favorite social media channels to share your support of inclusive environments for all!
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Outside Safe Space
“How can I show support for LGBTQ+ people in the outdoors?” is a question I’m often asked.
Listening to LGBTQ+ adventurers over the years, I’ve heard both a desire for more queer representation in outdoors culture, plus ways for allies to show their support.
So, inspired by the “Safe Space” logos seen on supportive teachers’ doors, I set out to create an “Outside Safe Space” logo. Something non-verbal that an LGBTQ+ person could wear to represent their presence, and also something allies can pin to their backpacks, stick on their water bottle, wear on themselves or post in their office, to signal that LGBTQ+ people are supported in being 100% themselves around them.
With the help of some amazing LGBTQ+ adventurers from the communities below, I’ve come up with this Outside Safe Space logo.
The tree includes:
*Triangles for all queer identities
*Skin tone tree trunk as the foundation since all of the above exist in diverse people
*Plus some hidden symbolism
The trans and bi colors have specifically been placed nearest the trunk, as symbolism of the role these communities played in the genesis of the queer civil rights movement, and as the largest/strongest branches, in acknowledgment of the times they have been overlooked compared to other members of the community.
If you, a friend, or an ally would like to utilize this Outside Safe Space logo, you can get your own pin, sticker, or water bottle above, and apparel + more here, or reach out to me for digital use. All proceeds go directly back into raising awareness for this symbol as a means for representation and allyship.
Let’s build a world where everyone sees themselves, and feels safe and free to be who they are, wherever they are!
Huge thanks to Kevin Keller for turning my color-pencil drawings into majestic designs. Also, to the myriad people who offered an opinion while creating this symbol. This is for you.