Atlanta’s queer climbers get docu film [video]

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Those queer climbers and their Atlanta-based group are getting the documentary treatment, a film exploring why gay men and lesbians want to leave perfectly comfortable bars and climb mountains. In West Virginia.

The two-minute trailer dropped recently on YouTube and teases viewers about the 60-minute documentary “Climbing With Pride” that’s to come. Featured prominently in the trailer is Atlanta attorney Alex Rowland, the founder of HomoClimbtastic. That’s the group of queer climbers that host “the largest LGBT climbing convention in the world” each year in West Virginia.

“I was an outsider and so I didn’t want to be the outsider anymore and I knew that other people had to feel the same way,” Rowland says in the clip.

The group’s pilgrimage to West Virginia is set for July 17-21. Rowland’s search for gay community in a world of alcoholics might be finished by then.

The documentary is the work of Los Angeles-based Brian Spiegel, who raised nearly $12,000 for the project with a Kickstarter campaign last year.


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