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Throughout the month of June, we’re highlighting organizations and initiatives that advocate for greater outdoor access among the LGBTQ+ community. Today’s feature is In Solidarity Project, an organization that aims to create a more diverse outdoor industry.
Searching for a job as an out member of the LGBTQ+ community can be incredibly intimidating. Anxieties and questions linger about sharing your identity, Will it negatively impact your chances of getting the job? Will prospective teammates be accepting? This adds a whole new level of stress and anxiety to the tense process of finding your next job or breaking into a new industry.
In Solidarity Project was founded by DEI pioneer Teresa Baker and ally Chris Perkins to build a more inclusive and diverse outdoor industry. In Solidarity boldly declares that “We are the new outdoor industry,” and that now is the “time to elevate people of color and other marginalized identities.” Its work starts with the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge that outlines steps companies pledge to take to build more inclusive and equitable companies. The pledge partners companies with advocates and consultants who can help them achieve those goals.
For new job seekers, In Solidarity’s job board is for all under-represented job seekers looking for work in the outdoor and travel industries. Brands that are posting to this board are proactively seeking diverse candidates and many are doing the work to build inclusive company cultures.