Wild Wanderer Spotlight: Leona

The Wild Wanderer Spotlight Series highlights the stories of queer adventurers in their own words. We hope that by sharing these underrepresented voices, true diversity and inclusion will begin to make their way into the mainstream.

Wild Wanderer Spotlight: Leona

Wild Wanderer Leona

“I’d like to see more outdoor brands celebrating pride and acknowledging our existence.” – Leona

What are your pronouns?

She/Her

How do you identify?

I am bi. People tell me I am straight or I am a lesbian. I can’t be bothered to explain. I let them wonder.

Spotlight Leona

What outdoor activities are you involved in?

I am into hiking (day hikes and multi-day hikes), kayaking, as well as cycling. I’m trying to do more cycling and running for sure. Too many favourite moments in the outdoors!

In your opinion, what are the most important challenges/issues facing queer people outside?

I didn’t find many queer people in a general outdoor group. Perhaps a lot of people are still concerned about discrimination or feeling uncomfortable interacting with straight people.

As an LGBTQ+ person, if you could change one thing about the outdoor industry, what would it be?

Not sure about making a significant change in the outdoor sector but I think I’d like to see more outdoor brands celebrating pride and acknowledging our existence. The same with being a woman. I wish products the brands make for men would be available in women’s sizes.

Leona Outdoors

Connect with Leona

Follow Leona on Instagram.

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Lettie Stratton

Lettie Stratton is the founder of Wild Wanderer, an outdoor adventure site for the LGBTQIA+ community. Lettie is a writer, cyclist, backpacker, hiker, nordic skier, and enjoyer of all things outdoors.

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