Stories

In an effort to build community and increase visibility, representation, and awareness, we would like to center LGBTQIA+ BIPOC voices on our website. If you have a captivating story from a recent hike or camping trip, or a gear or food review, any trail tips and tricks, etc. we invite you to contribute. Email your story with your name, pronouns, and 3-5 quality photos to Jas at qpochikers@gmail.com.

My haus is buddha

By Lil’ Buddha (he/him)

There’s a scene in “Paris is Burning”, the documentary chronicalling the lives of New York house-ballroom subculture by Black, Latino, gay, transgender and the queer community, where the iconic Willi Ninja introduces the House of Ninja. Willi explains how queer youth are often cast out of their “biological family”, and how … Continue reading


A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE AT STONE MOUNTAIN

By Courtney Coleman (she/her)

One of the most popular parks in Atlanta is Stone Mountain Park. Despite growing up camping and hiking all around West Michigan, my first hike at Stone Mountain had me thinking, “this is more Black people hiking than I’ve ever seen in my life.” It wasn’t only Black people on the … Continue reading


How it started, how it’s going

By Jasmine Maisonet (she/they)

Here’s to 2 years of QPOC Hikers being in existence! In all reality, we have always existed. I started this group in 2019 as a way to not only form community, but also increase visibility, representation, and awareness. Queer People of Color have always been part of the outdoors but we have … Continue reading


Growing My Roots In Nature

By Tatiana Q (she/her)

My appreciation for the natural world really grew when my mom decided to move our family from New Jersey to North Carolina when I was in grade school. This was the first time in my life that I experienced a huge life transition like this – moving away from our family … Continue reading


Quick hiking tips

By Brianna Cunningham

Hello! My name is Brianna (she/her) and I absolutely love the outdoors. I’ve been hiking and camping since grade school but only recently started calling myself a “hiker”. Each year I challenge myself to hike as many new trails as I can; some of my favorite California hikes are Big Pine Lakes, … Continue reading


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