Why do I celebrate PRIDE?
I am passionate about our incredible gym family and I want to nurture the diversity, inclusion and equality that makes us our community so special. It’s important to me that our gym is safe, welcoming and respectful to all who come in. Pride Month is an opportunity to show my support for the LGBTQ community and explore new ways in which I can advocate for LGBTQ rights. As one of your coaches, I try my best to show my advocacy of LGBTQ issues through participation in events and through my words and actions. For me, it’s not enough to say that I believe in equality for all. I’ve made changes in my everyday life, like using language that promotes inclusivity (15kg bar vs. “women’s bar”) and taking a stand (and engaging in discussion) when I hear anti-LGBTQ slurs and remarks made.
If you identify as a straight ally for equality, I encourage you to check out some ways you can become active in creating a community (and world!) where diversity is the norm and all people have access to equal rights. It’s important to voice our advocacy for our fellow gym-mates, friends, family, coworkers and even those whom we aren’t close with. Don’t be afraid to speak up and come out!
Pride Parade is a great way to show your support, I’ll see you there!