After receiving my Master's in Social Work, I started down a new career path in August 2014- two weeks before my wedding-when I decided to pursue fitness full-time. In hindsight, my wife-to-be was (and still is) a wonderful human for completely supporting this decision at an already transitional time in our lives! Even though I knew I wanted a different career, I promised myself that I would never lose sight of my deep commitment to social justice in my new field. As a member of the LGBTQ comunity, a trainer who works with LGBTQ clients, and as a social worker who has worked directly with LGBTQ youth, this commitment has remained invaluable. I know first-hand the need for trainers who recognize clients of all body types, identities, skill levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I first heard about the "Pull for Pride" event on the "Harder to Kill" podcast, and I knew I had to be part of this incredble and much needed movement. "Pull for Pride" is a nationwide deadlifting fundraiser, open to all people and experience levels. Traditionally, in a powerlifting, Crossfit, or other athletic competition, athletes are required to identify with a binary gender and sometimes even a weight class. This event will not require participants to choose either "male" or "female" upon entering, which is a revolutionary decision in the fitness industry! Participants will be raising $1 for every pound they plan to lift to support nonprofits in seven cities across the country that provide direct support for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. I will be training to deadlift as much as I can for one repitition (1 rep max) in the San Diego, CA "Pull for Pride" event. My fundraising goal is to triple that weight in dollars, and, then, maybe, triple it again. :)
Please join me in raising funds for the Sunburst Housing Program run by the (San Diego LGBT) Center. Let's do this together for youth that need our support, and to set a precedent for a more welcoming and social justice focused fitness culture! Next year, my goal is to bring this event to Long Beach so that I can help start a conversation and support these young people in my home community.
In Strength and Community,