On June 29th, I will be participating in Pull For Pride, a series of deadlifting meets that are taking place across the country, put together by the Womens Strength Coalition in order to benefit LGBTQ+ youth that are either at risk of homelessness, or are currently homeless. Pull For Pride Denver has chosen to support Urban Peak in Colorado Springs, an organization that is dedicated to helping homless/at-risk LGBTQ+ youth in the Pikes Peak region (Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain)
As part of my participation in this event, Pull For Pride asks that every participant raise $1 per pound that they plan to deadlift, and I am hoping to raise $400 for this event. As some of you may know, I recently participated in a powerlifting meet, and deadlifted 374 pounds - I am hoping and have been training to smash this goal, and hope to beat that max by 26 pounds for an even 400 (though I will also take 395, or anything higher!)
A little bit about me - I originally started powerlifting in order to help me combat my depression. I figured that I could not control how my brain chemistry reacted, so I would try to control how my body reacted. It quickly grew from a way to distract myself into a sport and activity that I truly loved, and if you have spent any time with me in the past two years or so, I'm sure you've heard me blather on about it and wished that I would stop.
I am lucky in that I have a good home - there are many in Colorado that do not have a good home, and there are many at risk youth here in Colorado and across the nation that do not. 40% of homeless and at risk youth identify as LGBTQ+, and this particular population of homeless youth, in addition to the already significant risks the homeless in general have, face even more risk as they try to survive. I am proud to participate in and fundraise for Pull For Pride, an event that honors a sport (and my favorite lift) in order to fundraise for some of the weakest members of society. If at all possible and if you are able, I would ask of you to donate anything you can, even $1, in order to help me achieve my goal of raising $400 for this event. Nothing is too small.
Thank you. I am proud of you.