Here at OUT for Sustainability, we are emerging from a year of introspection. We will have updated our mission, and we will be making some changes to our programming. Along the way, you may notice some changes to our website. We thank you for your patience during this process!
Mission: OUT for Sustainability provides a platform for co-creating climate resilience and environmental justice by and for LGBTQIA+ communities. We do this through advocacy, training, fundraising, and relationship-building.
Our identity is rooted in building safe and secure spaces to be whole in who we are. We do this through the relationships built in our Regions program.
Our society is built on just and equitable behaviors that drive our values. We do this through content and connection in our Fab Planet program.
Our environment is sustained through collective effort and mutual respect. We do this through our Greener Pride program.
Prepare for Resilience
Are you #Qready?
As part of our new mission, we are investing all of our efforts into expanding the Qready initiative. Qready began as a disaster-preparedness packing list specific for the LGBTQ+ community. We are now planning to expand the program to provide multi-scale offerings for individuals, organizations, and disaster professionals to foster the resilience of LGBTQ+ communities, with a focus on the needs of queer and trans Black and Indigenous people of color (QTBIPOC).
This program expansion was developed by Vanessa Raditz through a multi-year fellowship with Out4S, and so we are excited to welcome Vanessa as our official Qready Project Director! Vanessa is also the director of Out4S’ first fiscally-sponsored project: “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change,” a documentary based in the experiences of queer and trans communities in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, California, two near-simultaneous disasters in the fall of 2017. The completion of this project is the first step of our expanded Qready initiative!