OUTCOAST™ amplifies the voices Of Florida’s Gulf Coast LGBTQ+ community through an online editorial marketing and media platform, photojournalism, and marketing and nonprofit consultation services.
OUTCOAST is comprised of three main businesses: OUTCOAST Media, OUTCOAST Photography, and OUTCOAST Consulting.
OUTCOAST Media provides the complete advertising solution for companies interested in marketing their services and product offerings to the LGBTQ+ community along the Gulf Coast. Our online media platform shares local LGBTQ community stories, upcoming events, and partner products and services. We recently launched a new online business directory. If you are interested in marketing your business online through our directory, seeking editorial content to advertise your service offerings, or a realtor interested in listing your properties on our website, please contact us here.
OUTCOAST Photography provides photography services for events, weddings, senior graduation portraits, travel blogs, marketing needs, and much more! Click here to view our online gallery and to inquire about rates.
OUTCOAST Consulting works on a strategic level with companies in a variety of ways. We speak at events on diversity and inclusion, work with corporations to roll out LGBT Employee Resource Groups, and advise on best marketing practices to create a brand that is LGBT-inclusive.
What makes the LGBTQ+ community a Dream Market?*
- 15 million U.S. adults identify as LGBT (6.8% of US population)
- 3 million Americans live in same sex households.
- 75% of gays and lesbians live in “Double Income No Kid” households.
- 40% of LGBTQ consumers prefer companies that advertise to them.
- 55% of LGBTQ consumers do business with and apply for jobs with companies committed to diversity.
- 70% of LGBTQ adults pay a premium for LGBTQ-supportive businesses services
These numbers are significantly higher along Florida’s Gulf Coast!
*Source: Witeck‐Combs/Harris Interactive
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, nonprofits receive referral bonuses! To learn more about becoming a non-profit partner and benefitting from our non-profit program, e-mail our sales team.
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, Stevenson fell in love with the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. 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 drive to support her Gulf Coast LGBTQ+ community, a love for writing, and a passion for photography, Rachel Stevenson created OUTCOAST™ in Winter of 2017.
Rachel Stevenson, Publisher
Rachel Stevenson is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant and LGBT advocate.
In Pennsylvania, she was the Founder and first President of LGBT Equality Alliance, an organization that creates safe spaces for the Chester County LGBT community, and a corporate diversity consultant to an international manufacturing company.
Rachel moved to Florida in 2017 and quickly got involved. Within three months of buying her home in Gulfport, Rachel had created her newest company, OUTCOAST, which is comprised of OUTCOAST.com, OUTCOAST Photography, and OUTCOAST Consulting.
As the publisher of OUTCOAST.com, an online LGBT editorial marketing and media platform, Rachel shares LGBTQ stories and business news from throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. She also works with LGBTQ-owned and inclusive businesses to market their service and product offerings through her platform. She also freelances for Curve Magazine, an international online Lesbian magazine.
An avid event photographer, Rachel has captured photos for LGBTQ organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal. That is how OUTCOAST Photography was born! OUTCOAST Photography offers event, marketing, head shot, and travel photography services. Her work can be seen online and in restaurants throughout the region.
And finally, through OUTCOAST Consulting, Rachel and her team help corporations create more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ employees through consulting, speaker services, and education.
Rachel lives with her girlfriend, Margaret, their three year old puppy, Pepper, and their new bunny, Poppy. Together, they enjoy boating, gardening, trying new local restaurants, and living the dream! “Work hard, play harder” is Rachel’s motto.
Audrey Pitcher, Contributor
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.
Robin Gow, Social Media Manager/Contributor
Robin Gow is an English major at Ursinus College with minors in Spanish, Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies.
He run’s the college’s LGBTQ+ resource center and serves on the Gender and Sexuality Alliance board.
He runs his own poetry blog and also works as the Editor of the Lantern literary magazine.
He is an out and proud bisexual transman.