Queer Adventure Storytelling – September 13

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/659014174303145/

Queer Adventure Storytelling happens every second Wednesday of the month featuring stories of the outdoors, traveling, and beyond by queer, trans and gender non-conforming speakers. Let’s build a NEW outdoors narrative together!

Lucky Labrador on N Killingsworth. 7pm. Free! All ages, but we can’t promise stories will be kid-friendly.

Our presenters for September 13:

Perry Cohen, Kellie O’Donnell, Isaiah Bartlett, Sarah Skelly, Zan Gibbs & David Hayden (read bios below!)

& your hosts!

Travis Clough & Jenny Bruso

NOTE: Come early! The room only seats 45-50 people so grab a seat before things get nuts. This is also a good idea if you’re planning to have dinner there.

Allies are welcome to attend. This space and the bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Are you interested in reading
or presenting at a future event?

We will need anywhere from 2-4 guests for each event, so shoot us an email with what you may have in mind and a little bit about your background as a queer adventurer. This can be defined as broadly as you like! QueerAdventureStorytelling@gmail.com


*My Journey to The Venture Out Project*
-Perry Cohen realized a lifelong dream of combining his love of the outdoors, his commitment to social justice, his own trans & queer identity, and his professional life when he founded The Venture Out Project, a non-profit organization that leads backpacking and ski trips for the LGBTQ+ community. Perry lives with his two children, partner, and their chocolate lab in Western Massachusetts.

*Mt Rainier adventure; telling the story of a 3 day climb*
-Kellie O’Donnell is an “outdoorsqueer” with a passion for all things mountains. She is an avid explorer and loves to travel. She’ll try anything once… except for bungee jumping. Kellie originates from New England but has claimed the PNW as her home for the last 12 years… because mountains!

Isaiah Bartlett is a queer and trans therapist in private practice who is especially interested in sports psychology and the healing powers of the outdoors. Originally from Durham, North Carolina he fled the east coast cities of Boston and New York City to pursue his life long dream of living in the Pacific Northwest and never looked back. An aspiring mountaineer and true lover of all things outdoors on any given day he can be found skiing, rock climbing, surfing, biking, running, or simply at home cuddling with his rescue pitbull and lifelong companion, Sadie Marks-Bartlett.

*Backpacking around Mt St Helens on the Loowit Trail* (two presenters)
-Sarah Skelly spent most of her childhood equipped with a collection jar, hiking stick and bird guide, wandering the creeks and forests behind her grandmas house in the Appalacian Mountains. She landed in the Pacific Northwest in 2000, and, well, other than maybe a fancier hiking stick, not much has changed. By profession she teaches at a nature center and when not at work is an urban biker, aspring gardener, or seeking adventure in the cascades and yonder sagelands.
-Zan is an Ironman finisher, always up for the next epic test of endurance and spirit, usually up for whatever outdoor adventure someone suggests. Zan has biked across Oregon, backpacked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, and is currently working on hiking every trail in the Gorge and training for a 50k trail run.

Fear, Failure and inviting the Unknown
-David Hayden

& your hosts:

Travis Clough – Queer lover of mountains and all things outdoor adventure. Originally from Maine, he now adores exploring the Cascades. He is the Operations Manager & Instructor for the The Venture Out Project – ventureoutproject.com, an LGBTQ+ outdoor organization based out of Portland, OR and Northampton, MA.

Jenny Bruso – Queer, fat, femme, former indoor kid and writer whose life changed after an accidental hike in 2012. Through her blog, jennybruso.com, and instagram community, @UnlikelyHikers, she aims to put a spotlight on diversity, inclusion and visibility in the outdoors.

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