PRESS RELEASE: “LGBT Powerlifting Union Issues Response To The Introduction of a MX Division by USA Powerlifting”.

The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) Powerlifting Union have today issued a response to the recent announcement by USA Powerlifting (USAPL) regarding their decision to introduce a new MX Division for athletes of all genders. (see their enclosed press release). Their new division means that Trans, Intersex and Non Binary folks will be welcome to compete at their local, state and regional level championships right across the United States, with an opportunity to qualify for their national championships in 2022.

https://www.usapowerlifting.com/usa-powerlifting-launches-four-new-lifting-categories-in-2021/

The LGBT Powerlifting Union acknowledge any attempt by mainstream organisations to make Powerlifting and Strength sports more welcoming and accessible for LGBT+ athletes and encourages continued consultation and dialogue over these matters. We are encouraged to see that USA Powerlifting have now started to consider Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex athletes, but are disappointed that they have chosen to miss an opportunity to engage with the IOC Guidance over Trans participation.

The LGBT Powerlifting Union are pleased to be in communication and dialogue with USA Powerlifting over LGBT+ issues and will continue to represent all sections of the LGBT+ community within any further dialogue and discussions with USA Powerlifting and other mainstream federations. We are today launching our International LGBT+ Powerlifting Directory with thirty seven different “routes to platform” for LGBT+ athletes to participate in Powerlifting, showing the amount of progress that has made on LGBT+ issues over the last four years.

“LGBT International Powerlifting Championships – MX Category” 

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the details of our own MX Category*, which was the first of its kind when it was launched in 2018. The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships* (LGBT IPC) MX Category and competition rules exceed the International Olympic Committee guidance for Trans athletes by a significant margin. Trans, non-binary and intersex athletes can participate in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships, from the first day they make any decision regarding their gender, in gender neutral weight classes”.

LGBT IPC welcomes Trans men or Trans women who have decided to transition– who will be able to participate within either Male, Female or within Mx Category. The optional third gender Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. LGBT IPC were the first sports event in the world to introduce a third gender Mx Category. Athletes are able to choose to lift as male, female, or MX in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships from the moment they make their decision.

“Increased Opportunities For LGBT+ Powerlifters Worldwide – LGBT Powerlifting Union Launch International LGBT+ Powerlifting Directory”

The LGBT Powerlifting Union would like to highlight there are now at least thirty seven federations, national affiliates, championships and clubs that have adopted LGBT+ friendly policies in the last four years (See Our International Directory http://lgbtpowerlifting.org/?page_id=628). Some of these have adopted variations of the IOC Guidance* for Trans participation, whilst others have introduced variations of MX Category. Many have also introduced codes of conduct safeguarding LGBT+ athletes from abuse, both inside competition venues and over social media.

We would also like to highlight that the Gay Games* in 2022 will for the first time offer Trans, Non Binary and Intersex athletes the option of participating in Powerlifting in an MX Category. This will be the first time in Gay Games history that any sport has adopted an optional third gender category, welcoming all LGBT+ athletes. These are all positive steps forward for all LGBT+ athletes and we welcome continued and constructive dialogue with all mainstream Powerlifting Federations over LGBT+ issues.

The LGBT IPC does not have any qualification standards and is open to athletes regardless of sexuality, gender, race, religion or ability. The LGBT Powerlifting Union have recently become full members of the Federation of Gay Games and promote the ideal of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best. The registration for LGBT IPC 2021 is now open and further details can be found at our website www.lgbtpowerlifting.org  and our Facebook Page search “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships”.

Media & Press Enquiries should be directed to Chris Morgan Co-president LGBT Powerlifting Union email chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes:

  • The LGBT Powerlifting Union is a global “Union” of athletes elected from the registered athletes and participants of the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships. The current officials of LGBTPU are from diverse backgrounds reflecting all parts of the LGBT+ community. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual ,Transgender, Non Binary, Cis Male and Cis Female. Our adoption of the + symbol indicates we are open to all regardless of genders or sexuality, including those who identify as Trans, Non Binary, Intersex, Queer, Cis Male, Cis Female and Gender Fluid. (Please refer to note three below). It also underlines our commitment to our relationships with our mainstream and straight partners, without whom so much progress would not have been made over LGBT+ Issues during this last four years.
  • LGBT IPC 2021 weekend has a full program of activities including a Technical Briefing (Friday 16th July), Competition (Saturday 17th July), Congress (Sunday 18th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 19th  July). Visit www.lgbtpowerlifting.org for more details. LGBT IPC has registered athletes from Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, France, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Romania, Sweden, United States of America and Great Britain. We welcome Trans men and Trans women who have decided to transition– who will be able to participate within either Male, Female or within Mx Category. The third gender (optional) Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. The new Mx Category was introduced for the 2018 and 2019 events and the policy continues for our 2021 event.
  • MX category is also an all-inclusive category for males, females, agender, aporagender, bigender, butch, cisgender, demigender, femme, non-binary, gender neutral, gender queer, gender fluid, transsexual, intergender, polygender and any other gender expression. At this time over 70 different forms of gender identity have been identified, Facebook users can choose from 50 differing gender identities. The LGBT IPC MX category uniquely has 14 gender neutral weight classes, which were specially created by merging male and female weight classes.
  • Award Winning Project – In 2019 the LGBT Powerlifting Union and LGBT International Powerlifting Championships were awarded the most “Innovative Project Award” at the Out For Sports 21st Annual Awards, hosted at the London Mayor’s Office. This awards was for their optional MX Category, where Trans, Non Binary and Intersex participants are able to choose their gender category (M, F or MX) from day one of their transition. The aim is to empower, encourage and inspire young LGBT+ athletes, by providing a safe space within strength sports for new athletes to develop.
  • IOC Guidance  – The LGBT IPC views the IOC Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism as the gold standard for inclusion. This guidance was formulated by over 16 experts in sports medicine and physiology by an organisation that is respected worldwide for its goals of achieve fair play and sporting excellence. A number of powerlifting federations have based their gender inclusive rules around the IOC guidance, where a trans female athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition. Those who transition from male to female are free to compete in the male category without restriction.
  • Gay Games Powerlifting  – The sport of Powerlifting was part of the program of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Outgames in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004. Powerlifting was not included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.paris2018.com but will be returning in Hong Kong in 2022. www.gghk2022.com where an optional MX Category will be included for the first time. The Federation of Gay Games website can be found at www.gaygames.org.

Key People – Biographies

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Chris has been one of the World’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his twenty year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty six times, where he has taken a total of twenty eight international medals. He has been World Champion ten times, European Champion five times, British Champion eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several British and World records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young LGBT+ athletes worldwide.  In 2018 Chris was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from LGBT+ Powerlifters globally for his dedication and commitment towards inclusion and equality with the sport of Powerlifting.

Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Charlotte has been powerlifting for six years, she has won five master’s European titles and seven World titles.  

She holds 41 World Records in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at the first LGBT IPC Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT+ Community, which she views as one of the highlights of her career.  

Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters. 

LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2021 – Registration Open !


Registration opens again on Friday 1st January 2021 …

We are expecting a full LGBT IPC Championships in 2021 as all of the registrations from 2020 have been rolled over and we are planning to host both the “Class of 2020 and 2021” on the same weekend.

LGBT IPC are proud to welcome all abilities from novices, right through to World Champions. We were the first sports event in the world to introduce an optional MX third gender category in 2018 and this continues in 2021.

Our MX Category welcomes Trans, Non Binary and Intersex athletes from the first day they make their decision. They are able to choose to compete as Male, Female or MX. LGBT IPC welcomes everyone !

LGBT IPC workshop dates for 2021 will be available soon !

Chris Morgan, 10x World Champion Powerlifter & Meet Director or LGBT IPC – check out my personal website at www.chunkymuscle.com

LGBT IPC 2020 – Postponed Until 2021 !

52 Registrations for 2020 have been rolled over to 2021 ! The dates for LGBT IPC 2021 are 16th, 17th, 18th July 2021.

LGBT International Championships Blackpool 2020 – Partners Poster !

We are first sports competition in the world to include an “Optional” Mx Category, welcoming Trans, Non Binary and Intersex Participants to compete in Sports.

Our Trans Policy exceeds IOC Guidance for Trans Participation by some margin as participants can choose to compete in their chosen Gender Male, Female, Mx from day one of their decision.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + – All are welcome ! We are very proud of our Mx Powerlifters who compete in LGBT IPC.

Registration is still open for LGBT IPC 2020 – The “Empowerment Edition”.

Email Chris Morgan for more details. chunky@chunkymuscle.com

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships Announce their theme for 2020 – “Empowerment”.

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships Announce their theme for 2020 – “Empowerment”.

This will be in collaboration with Blackpool’s Empowerment Charity that provides advocacy services within the Blackpool Community for those who may be multi-disadvantaged. Empowerment Charity is the chosen charity of Blackpool’s Lady Mayor Amy Cross and LGBT IPC 2020 will be flying the “Empowerment” flag during 2020 as part of the Mayors Fundraising campaign. LGBT IPC athletes and officials are invited to attend the Mayors Ball at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 21st March, which is in aid of Empowerment.

The LGBT (Lesbian,Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) International Powerlifting Championships will be held in Blackpool, United Kingdom on the 17th, 18th & 19th July, athletes will compete in the disciplines of Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Last year’s event attracted 50 athletes and a further 100 coaches, friends, family and spectators attended the event, from countries including Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Romania, The United States of America and of course the host nation Great Britain) – numbers are expected to increase this year and general Registration is now open for LGBT IPC 2020.

Chris Morgan, The Meet Director of LGBT IPC, Male Co-President and Charlotte Wareing Female Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, commenting on this year’s Championships ….

“Last year’s event saw National and World record standard performances, a Civic Visit from the Lady Mayor of Blackpool and even a marriage proposal during the medal ceremonies. The atmosphere in “The Auditorium” was electric, with lifters of all abilities taking part from novices, through to national and world standard lifters – all coming together and creating a magical experience”.

“We are delighted to be inviting Lady Mayor Amy Cross back to the Championships, along with her chosen Charity Empowerment as our theme for 2020. The purpose of LGBT IPC is to provide a safe space for LGBT strength athletes to connect, grow and feel Empowered. The collaboration with Empowerment Charity is the perfect way for us to embrace these values”.

Amy Cross, The Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, reacting to the announcement Said ….

“It was wonderful to watch the LGBT International Powerlifting Championship last year and present the athletes medals. The contestants showed their strength in a number of ways, explaining how they had come to be in the competition and sharing their experiences.

“ The people I met where brave, kind and all to happy to share. This group of people were inspirational and helped to empower each other. I’m absolutely delighted that LGBT IPC has adopted the Mayors Charity Empowerment, as their theme for 2020”.

Mike Crowther, Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Charity, reacting to the invitation for Empowerment to  Said …….

I am delighted that ‘Empowerment’ is the chosen charity partner for the LGBT IPC in 2020. As a charity we empower everyone we support to reach their own unique potential; no matter who they are”.

“The values of the LGBT IPC match ‘Empowerment’ values and that’s why we are such a perfect partnership!

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships are all gender inclusive and everyone is welcome to participate regardless of gender, sexuality, race religion or ability – there are in fact no qualifying standards. In 2018 LGBT IPC was the first sports event in the world to introduce an optional MX Category, welcoming Trans, Non Binary and Intersex athletes to participate and compete in sports.

We are very grateful to all of our partners who make LGBT IPC possible including Blackpool Sixth Form College, Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, Casson’s Strength, Cottage Bakery, Fighting Fit Powerlifting Club, Funny Girls, Pride Sports, Wilkinsons Hotel Group and of course our new partner for 2020 Blackpool’s very own “Empowerment Charity”.

Editors Notes:

LGBT IPC 2020 weekend has a full program of activities including a Technical Briefing (Friday 17th July), Competition (Saturday 18th July), Congress (Sunday 19th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 20th July). Visit www.lgbtpowerlifting.org for more details.

LGBT IPC 2020 welcomes Trans men or Trans women who have decided to transition– who will be able to participate within either Male, Female or within MX Category. The third gender Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. The new MX Category was  introduced for the 2018 event and the policy continues for our 2020 event.

The sport of Powerlifting was part of the program of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Outgames in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004. Powerlifting was not included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.paris2018.com but has now been confirmed to be returning in Hong Kong in 2022. www.gaygameshk2022.com The Federation of Gay Games website can be found at www.gaygames.org

You can get more information about our partners at their websites: Cassons Strength https://cassonstrength.co.uk/ Fighting Fit Powerlifting Club www. https://www.fightingfitstrength.com/  Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club https://bgwlc.co.uk/ Blackpool Sixth Form College https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/ The Lawton Hotel https://www.thelawtonhotel.co.uk/ The Beechfield Hotel https://www.thebeechfieldhotel.co.uk/  Pride Sports https://pridesports.org.uk/  Funny Girls http://www.funnygirlsonline.co.uk/ The Cottage Bakery https://www.thecottagebakeryblackpool.co.uk and of course Empowerment Charity http://www.empowermentcharity.org.uk/

Key People – Biographies

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Chris has been one of the World’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his twenty year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty six times, where he has taken a total of twenty eight international medals. He has been World Champion ten times, European Champion five times, British Champion eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several British and World records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide.

Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Charlotte has been powerlifting for six years, she has won five master’s European titles and seven World titles.  

She holds 41 World Records in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at the first LGBT IPC Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT Community, which she views as one of the highlights of her career.  

Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters. 

LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2020 … Dates Confirmed !

LGBT IPC – Blackpool 2020

Dates Confirmed Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July 2020 ! Come and experience “The Auditorium” …

Join our Facebook Group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/

and our Facebook event page at
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LGBT Powerlifting Workshops – Autumn 2019

Tickets available soon …

Pride Powerlifting -Manchester 2019

Our next event … free learning taster session ! Manchester Pride Weekend !

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mr/pride-powerlifting-manchester/2019-08-22/18:00/t-rgklqg

LGBT Powerlifting News – July 2019

PRESS RELEASE: JULY 2019

LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2019 Enjoy Great Success  ….

Last weekend the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) International Powerlifting Championships were held in Blackpool, United Kingdom (19th, 20th & 21st July). The Organiser’s of the event LGBT IPC are reporting that 50 athletes and a further 100 coaches, friends, family and spectators attended the event, which is the largest LGBT Powerlifting event of all time in regards to overall engagement. Over the last two year’s we have been planning for what we hoped would be a hugely significant moment for LGBT Powerlifting globally and we feel honored that athletes travelled from all over the world (including Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Romania, The United States of America and of course the host nation Great Britain) to participate in this unique Powerlifting Competition.

Chris Morgan, The Meet Director of LGBT IPC, Male Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, commenting on this year’s Championships ….

“We are absolutely delighted with the overall growth in the LGBT IPC Championships and are now focused on improving on this again in 2020. To think that we started out with only 20 lifters in 2017 and 40 lifters in 2018, we have come a long way in a short space of time. We are immensely proud of the whole group and their achievements this last weekend.

“This year’s event saw National and World record standard performances, a Civic Visit from the Lady Mayor of Blackpool and even a marriage proposal during the medal ceremonies. The atmosphere in “The Auditorium” was electric, with lifters of all abilities taking part from novices, through to national and world standard lifters – all coming together and creating a magical experience together”.

We would like to thank The Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross and the town of Blackpool in granting a Civic visit to the LGBT IPC Championships. We are hugely grateful to our partners The Blackpool Sixth Form College, Pride Sports, Funny Girls, Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, Casson’s Strength, Fighting Fit Powerlifting Club, The Cottage Bakery, Wilkinson Hotel Group and Compete Diversity Network, all without whom we could not of delivered the event to such a high production standards. We already have plans for significant improvements to next year’s event and once again would like to invite the whole of the LGBT Powerlifting Community to experience LGBT IPC.

The LGBT IPC 2020 event will return to Blackpool’s Theatre Auditorium on the 17th, 18th, 19th July, where once again the strongest LGBT Powerlifters in the world will participate in Technical Meeting, Competition (Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift), Social Events, Congress and Closing Party. For more information about LGBT IPC 2020 visit our website www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/ . If you would like to pre-register as a participant for LGBT IPC 2020 email your details to meet director Chris Morgan at chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Forthcoming dates for your diary – Thursday 22nd August Pride Powerlifting Learning Session is happening Manchester / Sunday 10th November in London and Saturday 23rd November in Manchester – New Sport, New Challenge LGBT Powerlifting Workshops.

Press Release: The LGBT Powerlifting Union Have Announced a Series of Stakeholder Meetings – “Advocacy & Inclusion Within Powerlifting”

Many will be aware that LGBT IPC Athletes are welcome to participate in the championships regardless of their age, sexuality, health status, ability or gender. In 2017 LGBT IPC introduced a new MX third gender category, which welcomes transgender, non-binary and intersex participants to compete. The LGBT IPC is very proud to be the first sporting event in the world to introduce a third gender category, so MX people can participate in a safe environment, without fear of discrimination. Since introducing MX Category we have been overwhelmed by responses and correspondence from Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Supporters and Powerlifting Organisations.

Many of the LGBT Powerlifting matters raised since have caused great emotional responses both from within and from outside of the LGBT Community. We believe that some of these issues are so complex and views widespread that we are scheduling a series of  Global “Stakeholder” consultation meetings between now and the end of 2019. The meetings will be scheduled in such a way to make sure that everyone who is interested, has an opportunity to attend at least one of these meetings. These are some of the main issues that have been highlighted to us by “stakeholders” from within LGBT Powerlifting over the last 12 months.

  • “LGBT Powerlifting Advocacy” – Acceptable terminology, acronyms and abbreviations for use globally both within the LGBT Powerlifting Community and the mainstream Powerlifting Communities.
  • “Association Rules” – How mainstream federation rules affect LGBT Powerlifting both now and in the future – as we prepare the Gay Games in Hong Kong 2022 and LGBT IPC Blackpool 2020.
  • “Transgender Inclusion” – How mainstream federation rules affect LGBT Powerlifting both now and in the future and how the inclusion of Trans people in Powerlifting affects our CIS male and CIS female partners.

The “Stakeholder Meetings” will be hosted by the LGBT Powerlifting Union and designed to give everyone who has contacted us an opportunity to interact and contribute in a considered, professional and meaningful way, We would like to acknowledge that LGBT Powerlifting issues have moved on quickly since the introduction of LGBT IPC in 2017 and MX Category in 2018 and we believe a global consultation at this moment in time would be a good way of sharing information and views on issues affecting LGBT Powerlifters all over the world.

The stakeholder meetings are designed to give delegates the opportunity to share their views and in a structured way, so that the interests of all LGBT Powerlifters are taken into consideration in any future interactions with any mainstream organisations wishing to interact with the LGBT Powerlifting Union over their LGBT policies and guidelines in the future. We believe it would be in the interests of all LGBT Powerlifters worldwide to be in communication with each other over these matters and we hope the LGBT Powerlifting Community and stakeholders engage with this process.

Charlotte Wareing, Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, commenting on the forthcoming stakeholder meetings …

“We believe that athletes, coaches, officials, organisations and spectators all have a deep interest in ensuring that sporting competition remains fair and inclusive.

“The LGBT Powerlifting Union and LGBT IPC has a strong tradition of bringing new lifters into the sport and we believe this is due to our commitment to openness, fairness, and inclusivity within competition – regardless of a person’s sexuality or gender. The LGBT Powerlifting Union invite all those interested in the development of LGBT Powerlifting to contribute to the Stakeholder Consultation and we invite people to contact us in preparation for the forthcoming meetings The closing date for inclusion in the Consultation process is Thursday 31st October 2019 ”.

The LGBT Powerlifting Union are now in the process of inviting interested “Stakeholder” to the series of meetings which will be scheduled before the end of 2019. If you would like to be part of these “Stakeholder” meetings, then please email Chris Morgan chunky@chunkymuscle.com Charlotte Wareing at chazwrng@netscape.net . Please note no further press comment on these matters will be made

Editors Notes:

LGBT IPC 2020 weekend has a full programme of activities including a Technical Briefing (Friday 17th July), Competition (Saturday 18th July), Congress (Sunday 19st July) and Closing Party (Sunday 20th  July). Visit www.lgbtpowerlifting.org for more details.

LGBT IPC 2020 welcomes Trans men or Trans women who have decided to transition– who will be able to participate within either Male, Female or within Mx Category. The third gender Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. The new Mx Category was  introduced for the 2018 event and the policy continues for our 2020 event.

The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Outgames in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004. Powerlifting was not included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.paris2018.com but has now been confirmed to be returning in Hong Kong in 2022. www.gaygameshk2022.com The Federation of Gay Games website can be found at www.gaygames.org

You can get more information about our partners at their websites:  Cassons Strength https://cassonstrength.co.uk/ Fighting Fit www. https://www.fightingfitstrength.com/  Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club https://bgwlc.co.uk/ Blackpool Sixth Form College https://blackpoolsixth.ac.uk/ The Lawton’s Hotel https://www.thelawtonhotel.co.uk/ The Beechfield Hotel https://www.thebeechfieldhotel.co.uk/  Pride Sports https://pridesports.org.uk/  Funny Girls http://www.funnygirlsonline.co.uk/ The Cottage Bakery https://www.thecottagebakeryblackpool.co.uk

Key People – Biographies

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Chris has been one of the World’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his twenty year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty six times, where he has taken a total of twenty eight international medals. He has been World Champion ten times, European Champion five times, British Champion eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several British and World records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide.

Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Charlotte has been powerlifting for six years, she has won five master’s European titles and seven World titles.  

She holds 41 World Records in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at the first LGBT IPC Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT Community, which she views as one of the highlights of her career.  

Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters. 

https://gaygames.org/Ambassadors
https://www.facebook.com/chris.morgan.3511041
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Morgan_(powerlifter)

Pride Powerlifting 2019 – Tickets are now available

The talent search for LGBT IPC 2020 will commence in August at Manchester Pride …

Tickets for this free taster event can be found here …

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mr/pride-powerlifting-manchester/2019-08-22/18:00/t-rgklqg