Several years ago, I was terrified of the free weights area of the gym. Too much grunting combined with a fear of taking up space while I learned kept me away. My brother showed me some lifts that I could do, and then a powerlifter friend took me under her wing and helped me feel less nervous about feeling like I had any business lifting barbells. I no longer feel intimidated by the other people in the gym when I walk up to the rack.
Deadlift day is now my favorite day of the week, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the power I've found through weightlifting than to participate in Pull for Pride. Through Pull for Pride, I'm fundraising for Lambert House, a Seattle nonprofit that empowers queer youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. The money that I and the other competitors raise will help fund the 30+ programs that Lambert House offers for 11-22 year old LGBTQIA+ individuals.
My goal is to raise $600--$1 for every pound that I'm aiming to lift on the platform on June 16. Will you help me pull that weight?