Robert Coles – Founder, Editor in Chief
Robert was born and raised in Nashville , TN, but had a thirst for seeing the world around him. He currently lives in New York City. His adventures have taken him to all corners of the world, but favorites include: attending the Rio Summer Olympics, island hopping in the Philippines, tasting every gelato flavor he could find in Rome , and surviving a Colombian death cab ride in Bogota. Robert is an out and proud gay man and hopes to inspire other members of the LGBTQ+ community to tell their stories, both of travel and personal. His debut book, I Know Where I’ve Been: A Year Long Journey of Self-Discovery, recounts his adventures traveling North and South America for a year while diving into his past growing up gay in the conservative South. It’s available here for purchase on Amazon.
Steven Hinkle – Editor, Weekly Columns | Writer, LGBTQ+ Issues
Steven Hinkle: Writer, editor, actor, musician. Born in northern New Jersey in 1994, Steven was a bright but shy child. At twelve years old he came out and has been proud ever since. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English and writes about LGBTQ+ issues and accomplishments. A professional actor since 2000, appearing in movies such movies Syriana and Awake and TV series such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and the HBO miniseries, John Adams, Steven has had many travel experiences at a young age, such as visiting Geneva and Dubai at the age of nine and Budapest at eleven. He is a self-taught bassist, pianist, and mallet percussionist. Steven wish to broaden his horizons and is very passionate about the plights and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community.
Susan Jane King – Columnist, 48 hours In…
I am a travel writer, backpacker and house-sitter, pursuing a life of global adventure and exploration. I have been living out of a (very small!) backpack since 2012 and have lived or travelled in over fifty countries. My favorite destinations to date are India, Mexico and the south west USA. I have had work published in Great Escape Publishing, MisAdventures, TravelSignPosts, Wanderful, Trip.com, Girls Getaway, Dollar Stretcher and Writer’s Weekly. Between travels, I housesit in Brighton, UK, where I am an active member of the city’s LGBTQ community.
Erin Oliveri – Columnist, Love It, Leave It with Erin Oliveri
Erin Oliveri is the definition of an adventurous nomad — from eating highly questionable street food in Bangkok to plunging off of one of the highest bungee jumps in the world — there’s nothing she won’t try when traveling. A native New Yorker, Erin has eaten her way through more than 35 countries and six continents — Antarctica, she’s coming for you next. She’s also pretty obsessed with puns, not going to the gym, and her French Bulldog, Toulouse (Erin’s #1 eating buddy and frequent star on her Instagram).
Rachel Irick – Writer, Theatre & Entertainment
Rachel Irick is a theatre director and teacher, political activist, and a weekly columnist for TravelPride. She holds two graduate degrees in theatre and is the former artistic director for OKC Theatre Company where she served for over 10 years, 5 as artistic director. She lives with her family in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she tries really hard to love everybody and “do unto others,” even if they vote Republican.
Ryan Clark – Writer, Travel & Leisure
Ryan MariK was born Ryan Clark in a sleepy Virginia town near the East Coast. He loves video games, good movies, fine wines and scotch, and reading/writing (obviously). A bit of a nerd, he can school you in Yu-Gi-Oh, too. Ryan graduated the Cinema/TV program at Regent University and hopes to one day go back to complete his MFA in Screenwriting & Storytelling. In addition to being a content contributor to TravelPride, he is also a novelist and screenwriter. He divorces himself from his given Christian name for personal reasons.
Ellen Ricks – Writer, Travel Literature & Destinations
Ellen Ricks is a freelance writer living in upstate New York. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from SUNY Potsdam and has been published in various of online and print journals. She runs the fashion blog Sarcasm in Heels and had been a guest blogged for NEDA. She was the 2nd place winner in the 2017 Poetry Matters Project Lit Prize for Poetry in their adult category, and was a finalist for the 2014 Norman Mailer Creative Writing Award for 2-year colleges (creative nonfiction). When not writing, Ellen enjoy consuming pumpkin spice everything, frolicking in fancy dresses and dismantling the patriarchy.
Published in: NEDA Blog, Gods and Radical, Revolving Doors Lit Zine, Oak Lit Magazine, Potsdam People and North Country Literary Magazine.
Pamela Fischer – Digital Media Specialist