GO Gay Outdoors (photo: courtesy GO Gay Outdoors)
Camping 'out' in the great outdoors this summer
by Scott Kearnan
Note: This story is adapted from the July/August 2013 issue of Boston Spirit magazine.
Ready to rough it?
Summer’s here and the itch for a weekend (or longer) escape gets stronger with each passing sunny day. But despite stereotypes to the contrary, not all LGBT folks want to book some fabulous far-flung vacation—or even lay towel-to-towel with all the usual suspects in P’town. Yes, world, we love the great outdoors too: not just the bears. (Grizzly or otherwise.) The thing is, campsites and woodsy getaways aren’t always among the most inclusive spots. Any bad run-in with a backwoods hick can attest to that. So we found ten queer-friendly spots throughout beautiful New England that are perfect for tossing up a tent or curling up in a cabin, turning off the iPhone, and getting back to nature with fellow gay campers. Take that, Boy Scouts of America!
Looking like the set of an All-American summer camp movie (though not the type with hockey masks) is ‘Camp’ Camp, tucked away in southwestern Maine. It attracts over 200 diverse LGBT people annually—this year from August 18-25—with all the activities you did as a kid: adventure courses, hikes, canoeing, tie dying, pottery—oh my! But the community-building environment is worlds apart from intimidating adolescent experiences. Camp’s cabins are even named for famous LGBT people, so after a day of swimming you may dry off in Greg Louganis—or you could hit the hay in Ellen Degeneres after wowing the talent show audience. Throw in evening campfire parties, a barn dance, and even a sanctioned skinny-dipping outing (didn’t have that as a teenager), and it equals a perfect summer vacation. A sliding work/play fee scale allows payment via sweat equity, so there’s an option for every budget. (More: Campcamp.com)
(photo: Cheryl Colombo)