• Let Us Pee: Being Trans in a Locker Room

    Have you ever dreaded going into a locker room? The sad truth is that most locker rooms do not have any protection policies in place for the Transgender/Nonbinary (T/NB)community. In school, I didn’t join any sports teams because I was terrified of having to change in front of my peers. I imagined that I would be lucky if I got off with just verbal harassment and not physical assault…or worse. Instead I did everything I could to change in the nurse’s bathroom before gym class to avoid having to be around anyone who might see me. It wasn’t until I got slightly older and started to hear other people’s stories…

  • The Importance of Queer Fitness Spaces

    Is your fitness space keeping you safe and celebrating you? According to a study done by Calzo, et. al., 2014, queer minorities exercise 1.21-2.62 less hours than their straight counterparts per week, and 46%-76% of gender non-conforming individuals were less likely to participate in team sports. In my experience as a queer youth, I have never felt safe or comfortable participating in physical activity, especially in front of others. I don’t even feel safe going to Planet Fitness with my family. Commercial gyms do not make an effort to include the queer community in their atmosphere. They are incapable of pushing past outdated social norms and do little to change…