The event will benefit both Diversity Richmond & Side by Side.
Together, along with other community partners, these organizations coordinate hotel stays, clothing, food, and other resources for those most in need in the LGBTQ+ community.
Diversity Richmond serves as Central Virginia’s LGBTQ+ community center, providing social events, free meeting spaces, financial support and other resources for the community. Diversity Richmond envisions a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.
Side by Side is Central Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth organization, providing support groups, counseling, and services. They are dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.
At the event, 50 to 60 lifter-fundraisers will take turns deadlifting progressively higher weights, aiming to match dollar for pound to help lift up these often-unnoticed homeless youth. The deadlift, for the uninitiated, involves stepping up behind a loaded barbell, grasping the bar, standing up with the weight, and setting it back down on the ground. It is a simple lift that is imbued with meaning: coming forward to face a challenge, and succeeding through the simple mechanism of one’s own strength.