As an LGBT non-profit founder and speaker on living authentically and embracing uniqueness, Rachel Stevenson knows that sharing personal and community stories bridges divides, breaks down walls, and provides a platform for empathy, understanding, and openness, furthering equality.
After purchasing a home in Gulfport, Florida with her wife Fay, Stevenson fell in love with the St. Petersburg and Tampa areas. The diversity of the people, beautiful gulf coast, and up and coming corporate community sparked creativity from within. Having run a successful LGBTQ business and community journal in Pennsylvania, Stevenson further explored the idea of amplifying voices within the LGBTQ community along the gulf coast – stories of business leaders, community engagement, local travel spots, news, and more.
With a new-found passion for supporting her Gulf Coast LGBTQ+ community and the support of her wife, Rachel Stevenson created OUTCOAST™ in Spring of 2017.
OUTCOAST™ amplifies the voices of Florida’s Gulf Coast LGBTQ+ community through editorial marketing, curated news content, photojournalism, and human interest stories.
With a strong commitment to supporting LGBT non-profits, OUTCOAST provides all area LGBT non-profits with a pro-bono partnership level in exchange for in-kind sponsorship and promotion. In addition, 10% of all revenue is donated to area LGBT non-profit organizations. To learn more about becoming a non-profit partner and benefitting from our non-profit program, e-mail our sales team.
Like most LGBT-focused organizations and corporations, we hope that the need for an LGBT-platform will eventually dissipate with time as stories are shared and full equality comes to fruition. In the meantime, OUTCOAST provides an open platform for diversity and inclusion story-telling, LGBT community outreach, and creative editorial marketing along the gulf coast and beyond.
Rachel Stevenson, Publisher
Rachel Stevenson is an award-winning speaker, author, coach and LGBT leader. She is the President & Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, an organization that creates safe spaces for Chester County’s LGBT community, and the Publisher of OUTCOAST.
As owner and consultant with Reshaping YOU and the recipient of the American Heart Association 2014 Lifestyle Change Award, Rachel motivates people to reshape their lives to live authentically.
Rachel’s newly released weight loss memoir, “Reshaping Rachel: My 115-lb Journey to Finding Myself” allows followers to track her 115-pound weight loss and her very personal stories of love, health scares, frustrations, and day-to-day successes.
Her newest podcast project, Rachel Out Loud, brings Rachel’s voice to the forefront. She focuses her speaker and radio topics on living beyond labels, stepping outside of one’s box, and taking pride in individuality and authenticity.
Rachel travels between Phoenixville, PA and Gulfport, FL with her wife Fay. In her free time, Rachel enjoys photography, travel, and spending time with family.
Audrey Pitcher, Intern
Audrey Pitcher is a Media and Communications Studies major at Ursinus College. She is a board member of the Ursinus Gender and Sexuality Alliance. She also works as a writing fellow in the Center for Writing and Speaking, where she helps fellow students improve their writing skills.
As a member of the Ursinus GSA, Audrey engages in discussions on a wide variety of issues the LGBTQ+ community faces today. She also participates in outreach events that allow her to share her experiences with others and promote understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.
Audrey loves examining LGBTQ+ themes from a variety of angles in her work, and was recently featured at Ursinus’ Celebration Of Student Achievement for an essay on the mapping of femininity onto gay men in late 20th century theater.
In her free time, Audrey hosts her own radio show, The Witching Hour, on the campus station.