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Get OUT side with Gay Alabama Outsiders

Another LiveJournal blogger from Birmingham, AL has initiated the Gay Alabama Outsiders organization. Here's a glimpse of his posting,

"I have heard it said that you should "be the change you want to see". That is exactly what I have been trying to do for the gay community in Birmingham, now it is starting to pay off.

I started the Gay Alabama Outsiders organization in the fall of 2007 with our first hike taking place in January of the following year. Since then we have had 7 official hikes, and 4 camping trips. 2008 was a little slow going as I was all alone in the goings on there, but I could tell more and more people were hearing about us and inquiring. My friend Marcus had been involved with more events than anyone so I asked him if he would be interested in helping out a little. He has become very proactive and even has been working on business cards and t-shirts to wear at Gay Pride this June. We are planning on having a booth set up to hand out cards and get information out about our white water rafting trip in August. I am also planning on having a vehicle in the Pride Parade. Also, I am going to ask my friends in the Wild South organization if they want us to try to get some donations or new supporters by having some flyers on our table as well, that will be in keeping with my "love and respect of nature"vibe. It is so amazing to me to see the way the tiny seed I planted so long ago is now growing up into something bigger than I ever dreamed. It is like my dream is becoming a reality and I feel so blessed right now.
Last sunday we went hiking at Moss Rock Preserve and did some rock climbing in the boulder field out there. When I pulled up to the parking area, I had gotten a text from Marcus that he was meeting a few people at a nearby TJ Maxx so they wouldn't get lost looking for it as it is a new park and not very well marked. When he pulled up a few minutes later followed by a caravan of about 7 cars, I nearly teared up...this many people were actually interested in spending the day out in the woods with me? We had 17 hikers that day and it is just going to get better and better!"

To view wonder_otter70's blog and read more about the Gay Alabama Outsiders' group, see
Get OUT Side!.


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