How an Instagram ‘joke’ turned into an outdoor LGBTQ community

Jun 28, 2024

Aaron and Kate talk to Dr. Hitesh Tolani, creator of the Gays of National Parks Instagram account, which is aimed at fostering community among LGBTQ people through a love of the outdoors. Hitesh began the account as a joke in 2022, but it has since grown into a community with over 15,000 followers. Hitesh talks about how the group is fostering connection both online and in person, as well as why representation in the outdoors and park leadership matters.

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Hosts: Kate Groetzinger & Aaron Weiss 

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Music: Purple Planet

Featured image: Participants in a GONP trip, courtesy of Hitesh Tolani