Pull for Pride is an annual fundraising event to support the LGBTQ+ population. This year on June 8, I will attempt to deadlift 405 pounds, and I am looking to raise $1 for every pound that I deadlift.
Please join me in supporting Project Fierce Chicago, "a grassroots response to LGBTQ youth homelessness."
This is a particularly important time in powerlifting to raise awareness of trans issues in the sport. USAPL, the federation that I have competed in for 3 years, has imposed a ban on trans athletes due to pseudo-science and misguided information regarding hormone therapy and sex reassignment, despite the IPF (its international governing body) choosing to follow the IOC guidelines on hormone therapy and transitioning.
In May of this year, we could see a new, inclusive ruling for the USAPL regarding trans lifters, but until then, I am staunchly opposed to the USAPL's guidelines. As a cis woman, I would be happy to compete alongside anyone willing to work hard and have fun and abide by the rules (i.e., the IOC standards). The powerlifting platform is for all people, and I stand with trans lifters.
National studies show that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, as compared to 7% of the general population. These numbers are likely conservative, as youth may not want to out themselves when seeking services. Additionally, 99% of organizations providing services to homeless youth reported working with LGBTQ youth in their programs, even when their programs were not specifically LGBTQ-youth focused.
- From the Pull for Pride website