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The Award-Winning Equipment Brand Making the Outdoors More Inclusive

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NEMO is helping make the world more welcoming for LGBTQ+ and other marginalized travelers.

NEMO has made a name for itself with its high-quality tents and outdoor gear. Now the company is setting its sights on making the outdoors a more welcoming space for all adventurers through partnerships with Inclusive Journeys and Camp Yoshi.

Founded by two Black women, Crystal Egli and Parker McMullen-Bushman, Inclusive Journeys is creating data-driven economic incentives for businesses to be more inclusive and safer spaces for folks who experience discrimination. The group’s beta Inclusive Guide is a digital Green Book for previously marginalized travelers with the goal of using crowdsourced reviews to help users identify businesses that welcome all folks.

“Anyone can be part of the LGBTQ+ community, it doesn’t matter what race, ethnicity, gender, or ability someone has, so it’s also important that we capture the intersectionality of identities and do our best to aggregate the data and give businesses the resources to do better,” Egli and McMullen-Bushman tell Out Traveler.

Camp Yoshi creates safe spaces for BIPOC, allies, and other marginalized folks to unplug and reconnect with nature. Founded by Chef Rashad Frazier, along with his wife Shequeita and brother Ron, Camp Yoshi combines fine dining with inspirational activities for first-time and experienced campers.

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Donald Padgett

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.

Managing Editor at OutTraveler. Also write for Out, The Advocate, and Plus magazines.