I am competing in Pull for Pride this year and hoping to raise at least $1 per pound I deadlift. All proceeds will benefit Trans Lifeline, a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of the community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
When I first started lifting I was completely blown away with how empowering becoming strong would feel for me. It's no joke that lifting and the rad community I found myself in helped me through some dark times with how I viewed myself and my body. I wanted other folks to experience this connection and set out to learn how to coach so that I could help those who were intimidated by the weight room, who couldn't afford to hire a coach like I was able to. To me getting strong isn't just about building myself up; it's about building up my community. To create brave spaces for everyone to value their own bodies.
After USA Powerlifting's disappointing response to member calls for equality for trans athletes, I am so excited to be participating in Pull for Pride. I think more now than ever we need to give a helping hand to our trans neighbors and friends.
For every dollar I raise, my lovely fiancée Catherine will match up to $500.