I was nervous but I kept coming back to TVOP!

Hi, my name is Gabe.  I have been a regular participant of The Venture Out Project for over a year.  I had discovered TVOP by stopping by their booth at the 2015 Northampton Pride.  I had never heard of them before and I shyly and quickly grabbed a brochure, and then made a mad dash away from the table.  That evening, I read the brochure I had ran away with and realized I was interested in the hikes, but I felt really timid!

After a few weeks, I decided to join a hike. As I pulled into the parking lot of the Notch for my first Thursday Night Hike I was so nervous.  I was certain that everyone had known each other for years and were much better hikers than I was.  After some introductions we were started to hike!  I noticed I hung to the back of the group, didn’t talk much, and just listened. I really enjoyed the hike, and the people were so nice!

I kept coming to the weekly Thursday Night hikes but I didn’t know how everyone identified.  I thought they were surely different than I was.  After a month of regular hikes with TVOP, I finally started to realize that a lot of the folks in the group were trans just like me.  As I became more familiar with the weekly hikers, I started to open and up and felt I was fitting in. 

In hindsight, I’m so grateful I stuck around during those first few weeks of awkwardness!  I’m still a regular on Thursday Night Hikes, along with attending other trips as well including backpacking & skiing.  

Posted on May 20, 2016 .