Friends of OutdoorLads

We like to think of these organisations as part of our community of friends. We are happy to put our name to or be associated with all of the charities and businesses in this list, many of whom are active supporters of OutdoorLads.

Do you know an organisation, perhaps a bar or LGBT rights organisation that goes over and above to support OutdoorLads in your area? If so, please email the details to stating why you think they should be included on this list.

Attitude magazine is the undisputed heavyweight of the gay media. Teeming with style, irreverent wit and exclusive celebrity content, Attitude is the essential one stop read for anyone who wants an intelligent gay take on the world – but knows there is life outside of the Ghetto.

Attitude has supported OutdoorLads with articles about our events.
Birmingham Pride is a weekend long LGBT festival held annually in the Gay Village on Hurst Street, Birmingham over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend. It is uniquely the largest FREE LGBT two day festival in the UK.

OutdoorLads is an active particpant of Birmingham Pride.
Pride in Brighton & Hove promotes equality and diversity, and advances education to eliminate discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community. It raises awareness of these issues by facilitating and promoting a series of events including Winter Pride and the annual free summer festival. It also fulfils its objectives by making grants and/or donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations. Their key objective is to develop an environment that promotes LGBT equality through creating and supporting events that celebrate LGBT lives.

OutdoorLads is an active participant of Brighton Pride.
The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.

OutdoorLads is affiliated to the BMC. They also provide us with advice and literature.
Gaydio is the UK's first full time LGBT FM radio station for the LGBT Community. The station was conceived to accompany the 2006 Manchester Pride festival, providing coverage of the Pride parade, the main stage acts and several events around the festival sites. Gaydio made several other successful temporary broadcasts before gaining a permanent licence. It was relaunched full time on 18 June 2010. Gaydio plays chart, pop and dance music, with lots of debate and conversation thrown in for good measure.

Gaydio is a huge supporter of OutdoorLads and regularly features our events in their listings and through adverts on their shows.
GHT is the HIV charity for the North West of England. They were established (as "Manchester AIDSLine") in 1985 and are the second oldest surviving HIV charity in the UK. Their central aim is to promote the best quality of life for people living with and affected by HIV in the North West.

OutdoorLads and GHT work together to promote health and social benefits to those living with HIV.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is a vibrant charity with a wide portfolio of well-established services and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. They campaign for a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential, and their mission is: ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People.'

The LGF is a massive supporter of OutdoorLads providing us with tactical and logistical support as well as helping us to promote OutdoorLads to both potential new members and other stakeholders.
Pride London was founded in March 2004, and was granted charitable status in July of that year. In its first year, Pride London attracted a little over 30 000 people to central London for a parade and campaign rally in Trafalgar Square. From this small beginning, Pride London has grown at a staggering rate into becoming one of the United Kingdom’s largest events, and the largest LGBT event that the United Kingdom has ever seen.

OutdoorLads is an active participant of Pride London.
Manchester Pride is Manchester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender festival, held over the August bank holiday weekend. But there's much more to Manchester Pride than the Big Weekend and, since 2003, the festival has spanned a full ten days with a series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport, music and film events celebrating the great diversity of the LGBT community. Manchester Pride raises money to support the LGBT Community and charities based in the Greater Manchester region.

OutdoorLads is an official Community Partner to Manchester Pride, which gives us phenomenal buy-in to one of Europe's biggest Pride festivals.
The MLTE (Mountain Leader Training England) was set up in 1964 to develop training and assessment courses in mountaineering. That work has developed to the stage where MLTE now administers the Summer Mountain Leader, the Walking Group Leader, the Climbing Wall and the Single Pitch Awards.

OutdoorLads leaders undertaking their Mountain Leader Award (as well as other awards) are assessed by the MLTE at the National Mountain Training Centre in North Wales. They work closely with the other UK National Mountain Boards.
Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals.

Without Ordnance Survey, we would find it hard to do what we do and we love them!
logo_pink_paper.gif is Britain’s leading gay news website. But it’s about more than that. As well as being updated each day with the latest news, it also contains exclusive entertainment stories, interviews, travel reports, reviews, and more.

OutdoorLads has won several Pink Paper Awards over the past years including Best Gay Sports Group 2009 and Best Gay Social Group 2011.
Pride Sports is the UK’s is the UK's leading organisation for LGBT Sports Development & Equity. Pride Sports is a dynamic entrepreneurial community driven organisation, with a focus on annual LGBT multi sports events, leisure activities and year round enabling support for increasing participation in sporting activity by lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and wider community. They actively campaign against homphobia in sport.
proud2serve_logo.jpg is the LGBT E-Network for the British Armed Forces. Their aim is to provide support, information and networking for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender serving, ex-serving personnel and their families both at home and abroad. is a unique resource set up to inspire people who are in the process of coming out to friends and family. The main focus of the site is the real lfe stories of the coming out experience which have been submitted from people all over over the world. To submit your story to the project or for some support, guidance and inspiration visit
The Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) is Scotland’s largest network of tourist hostels, with around 60 locations spread across the country. They aim to provide comfortable, value accommodation with a friendly welcome for people travelling round Scotland.

OutdoorLads are developing a relationship with the SYHA and looking at ways we can work together in Scotland through their Rent A Hostel scheme.
Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

OutdoorLads supports the aims of this organisation.
Trail Magazine is your inspirational walking guide - full of routes, advice and reviews. The magazine that brings the Spirit of Adventure to your home. Bringing you everything you need to get out there. The routes, the gear and the advice. If you want to enjoy the mountains and hills it's easier than you think and they bring it to you every month.

Trail Magazine has run features on OutdoorLads.
YHA is aiming to reach out and enhance the lives of all young people, although they are open to everyone. They operate a network of more than 200 hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns across England and Wales. They’re also part of an international network of youth hostels in sixty countries around the world.

OutdoorLads is one of YHA's key customers. We are the largest customer of their Escape To programme and we are constantly working together to build on and improve our relationship.