Identity and Values
OUT for Sustainability (OUT4S) mobilizes the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community for environmental and social action. An all-volunteer run organization with a broad network of LGBTQ and environmental organizations, OUT4S is a contributing voice for the next evolution of the LGBTQ community at the intersection of identity and values.
Intersectionality is key to our philosophy and perspective on sustainability, where the facets of who we are are viewed as an interconnected paradigm of identity, society and environment (Our logo is a reflection of this philosophy). OUT4S is headquartered in Seattle, with board members, volunteers and activity throughout the United States.
After growing organically for several years, OUT4S is focused on two main areas: service and advocacy. OUT4S is best known for Earth Gay, the volunteer program inspired by Earth Day and striving to be a globally available opportunity to express Pride in ourselves, our community and our neighborhoods through service work such as habitat restoration, park building and neighborhood cleanup. Other OUT4S programs include Greener Pride, our vision to support Pride celebrations around the world to achieve zero waste, carbon neutral parades and festivals, and Sustainability and Society Series including Socials in cities across the country and the Fab Planet Summit delving into the great results openly LGBTQ individuals are achieving in social and environmental sustainability.
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OUT4S launched in the fall of 2008 on the premise that LGBTQ identity and the sustainability values are absolutely interconnected and partnerships, action and fun must be the cornerstones of our work. As of 2015, OUT4S has hosted more than fifty events in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Vermont with an impactful vision for the future.