2019 Share the Platform Nationwide
Participating lifters will be raising awareness and raising funds during September and October by pledging an amount of money per pound lifted of their anticipated total at ANY meet or max out session that occurs from October 16th to October 21st. (ex: 1$/pound with a Squat-Bench-Deadlift total of 900 lbs would be a pledge of 900$!)
Funds raised will go towards helping trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and intersex athletes participate in strength sports through direct support and advocacy.
*USA Powerlifting athletes are strongly encouraged to participate!
Pull for Pride - www.pullforpride.com
Pull for Pride is an advocacy and education program of the Women's Strength Coalition committed to supporting LGBTQIA+ athletes and building a strength community capable of being their authentic selves on and off the platform.
Women's Strength Coalition - www.womensstrengthcoalition.com
WSC's mission is to expand access to fitness, sport, and strength training, to build a global community that is rooted in equity and inclusion. We envision a world where everyone has equal opportunity to express their voice and embrace their value.
I pledge to raise $1 per kilogram of my total for the 2019 USAPL Raw National s Meet on October 19.
I believe in equality and I believe the height of amateur sports is the Olympics. The International Olympic committee has recognized the existence of transgender athletes and the International Powerlifting Federation has adoppted the same ciritera for inclusion of transgender atheltes into the powerlifting world. The USA Powerlifting Federation however has decided that discrimination against transgender athletes is their stance.
Last October when I was still living in Massachusetts, I realized that in 2019 I would become a Masters athlete and also that USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals would be in Chicago (my hometown) and set my goal to reach that meet.
A week after my first USAPL meet in January 2019 ( where I qualified for Raw Nationals) the USAPL announced they wouldn’t adopt the IOC & IPF rules on inclusion of transgender athletes. Their ban on transgender athletes opposes the one thing I love about most about powerlifting, inclusion.
Some will say the ban is to protect, cis-gender competitors because of an unfair advantage but if the IOC standards are followed RESEARCH shows there isn’t an advantage. And if there are men going through gender-altering procedures just so they can have world records in powerlifting, they can have them .... I really don’t think people would go that far for a world record. I am hopeful that the USAPL will reverse this ban, as USA Weightlifiting and CrossFit both have inclusive policies in line with the IOC.
I want to see my goal of competing at Raw Nationals come to fruition and then I will sit and evaluate where I want to compete in 2020.