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'Queer Gym' Empowers LGBTQ+ Clients, Both Physically And Mentally


Added 10-15-19 05:07:01am EST - “A Massachusetts pop-up gym aims to strengthen the bodies and spirits of LGBTQ+ clients, who haven't always been made to feel comfortable in other workout spaces.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “'Queer Gym' Empowers LGBTQ+ Clients, Both Physically And Mentally ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Justice Williams demonstrates how to lift a kettlebell. Robin Lubbock/WBUR hide caption

On a recent Sunday in a tiny gym just outside of Boston, physical trainer Justice Williams teaches Leo Morris a stretch called the Brettzel.

Morris, who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, is among about 10 people working out who identify as gay, trans and/or queer.

This is "Queer Gym." It's one of a few workout spaces explicitly for LGBTQ folks that's cropped up in North America in recent years.

Williams, who started this pop-up gym, says it's a place where people can work out if they're in the LGBTQ+ community and don't feel comfortable in regular gyms. He says going to a gym can be an awkward experience for many people, but that vulnerability is amplified when your body or mannerisms don't conform to people's interpretation of how you should be.

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