I don't talk about my own identities much. Part of that is that I've spent years being afraid and intentionally ignorant, focused on self-preservation. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't taken advantage of the privilege I have as a cishet-passing white woman to get where I am. But I deserve better, and so does my LGBTQ family.
I've recently started learning to lift heavy, if only because it makes me feel like I have some sort of control over my body when my weight or autoimmune stuff gets in the way. So I signed up to Pull for Pride in Denver this year to give me the chance to 1. be proud of a strength accomplishment and 2. give back to a community that tirelessly educates me and others.
I’m setting my fundraising goal at $500. The money goes to Urban Peak Colorado Springs - one of many organizations around the country focused on helping the 40% of homeless youth that identify as LGBTQ. If you donate, or even if you wish you were able to donate, thank you so much for supporting the cause.