Climber Spotlight- Shannon (he/him/his) @mannon_taylor
“I got started climbing with my friend Andrew. He was really good at it, and he kept talking about it. Then I just asked him, “Will you take me climbing?” He was so kind, so wonderful, and so patient while teaching me. Just really such a bright light in the climbing community. He took me to @vaohio and I fell in love with it from there.
I love every aspect of the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, climbing... I just love nature and being out there. It is a place of Zen for me. Climbing has slowly become like my moment of Zen where nothing else in the world pops into my head and I can be in the moment. Now I have taken that little aspect of nature to the climbing gym. Really my only fear when outdoors is other people who might attack me based on who I am. You feel like you have to stay in groups and have people with you that support you to be safe.
When you are creating a safe space, you are just allowing people to be themselves and that creates so much happiness and joy in people's lives. Where they can be like, “Hey, this is me” and everyone just respects that. Bringing queer people together that are similar, that understand where they are coming from so that they don’t feel so different and alone anymore. That's creating a safe space for us.
For allies who are in support of the community there are a few simple things you can do.
1. Ask people what their name pronouns are before assuming.
2. Just come to these events and treat people as a human being. Don’t ask intrusive, inappropriate questions.
3. Realize that it is not our community's job to educate you. Ask for resources from appropriate sources, but understand we don’t owe education.
You know, the biggest thing that I think allies can do is just be like, “Hey, do you want to climb?” And get to know us as the climbers and people we are.”
Thank you to @stonewallclimb which was the model for @queerclimbingcolumbus. If you are looking for a national group check out @transclimberscoalition. Come check out the next QCC event!
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