I'm a newbie to powerlifting; this will be my first official meet. I'm so excited to return to NYC to raise money for two great causes: one, the Ali Forney Center and their critical work in NY, and two, Decolonizing Fitness, LLC, whose work has long made me think about the bigger picture as I take up space in the gym and in my body. I'd love to pull 220 at point in my training, and I'd like to leave this meet with the confidence to compete on the platform in all three lifts. Thank you for supporting me, Pull for Pride, and these great causes. EDITED: now going for 3 dollars per goal weight. Thank you all! Also added info on these two great orgs.
Decolonizing Fitness, LLC is a social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education and apparel in support of body diversity. Ilya the owner is a black trans person who resides in Durham, NC.Decolonizing Fitness as a collective was birthed from the need for folks (i.e. fat, trans, queer, people with disabilities, people over 65) who have historically not felt welcomed in fitness spaces to have better access to inclusive services. Decolonizing Fitness firmly believes fitness can be used as a healing modality to help people regain a more supportive connection to their bodies.
The Ali Forney Center
The Mission of the Ali Forney Center is to help homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. From their website:
"Our organization's namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he was bounced around to several homes, and was beaten and abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head and left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in memory of Ali. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
Our mission is to provide LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living.
AFC has been heralded for our full continuum of care approach to services for LGBTQ homeless youth. AFC's founder, Carl Siciliano, was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama citing the wide recognition AFC's programs have received for their quality and innovation."