My name is Mike Outinen. I am on a quest to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness for transgender equality.
From now until my race in December 2019, I will chronicle my preparation and training, and my advocacy for LGBTQ equality through this site and social media.
I can't do this alone. With your support, I will have the opportunity to row for a cause I care deeply about. All the funds from reselling the boat and any additional funds will be donated to the National Center of Transgender Equality.
You can make a donation to my quest directly by clicking the GoFundMe link below
Thank you for your support!
The Atlantic Challenge
Known as "The World's Toughest Row," The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is an annual rowing competition covering 3,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Every December, the shores of San Sebastian De La Gomera invite row boats and their iron-willed crew to embark westward to the peaceful Caribbean Island of Antigua.
Here are a few facts about what an ocean rower will endure during their time at sea:
I look forward to the thrill of giant whales swimming right under my boat, waking to their songs, escaping from sharks, and even getting hit by the occasional flying fish! I know an experience like this comes with extreme risks. I will also be undergoing several years of training in preparation.
Talisker Whisky sponsors the race and promotes the annual event. For more information on Talisker Whisky's Atlantic Challenge, click the logo below.
While society has evolved in the past decades to further support transgender equality, there are still issues that exist today. such as
The dehumanization and stigmatization of the transgender community is unacceptable. As an ally and friend, I want to advocate for laws and greater awareness to ensure safety and inclusion for all members of the community. While my row is a mere 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, I believe the fight for equality will require much more mileage and must encompass the entire globe. I hope this quest encourages society to row beyond the status quo to guarantee equal rights for all.
I am thrilled to partner with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NCTE has been extraordinarily successful in educating policymakers and advancing federal legislation in order to better protect transgender individuals from discrimination and violence.
Proceeds from the sale of my rainbow boat will be donated to the NCTE so they may continue to fight the many political battles on behalf of the national transgender community. If you wish, you may also make direct contributions to NCTE via the link below:
History of Mike's quest.