The LGBT Powerlifting Union are very proud to confirm that Blackpool has been chosen to host the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships in Summer 2019, with the modern Blackpool Sixth Form College providing the venue, for what promises to be a prestigious new sports event for the town. In July 2019 LGBT strength athletes from all over the world will come to Blackpool to contest the Championships, which are the first sports event in the world to offer an Mx third gender category for Trans, Non Binary and Intersex participants.

The previous two LGBT IPC events were held in London with athletes attending from nine different nations including Australia, Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, United States of America and of course the host nation Great Britain. Blackpool won the bidding process for the 2019 and 2020 Championships, with it’s reputation for being the UK’s most LGBT friendly seaside town and it’s abundance of low cost accommodation options.

LGBT IPC Athletes are welcome to participate in the championships regardless of their age, sexuality, health status, ability or gender. Last year the 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.

The previous championships were attended by national champions, world champions, world record holders and also a lifter who had competed in the Arnold Classic Sports Festival. The LGBT IPC competition is particularly friendly towards novices as they have their own category, for those who are competing for the first time. LGBT IPC is very committed towards reaching out to sections of the community that are under-represented in the sport.

Speaking about the confirmation of Blackpool as host town of the Championships, Chris Morgan, Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union Said …

“We are delighted  to confirm that the “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” will be in Blackpool, the most LGBT and in particular Trans Friendly town in the UK. We have confirmed a fantastic new venue and have a fresh and exciting new programme of events and activities. Registration for athletes and coaches is now open and details can be found at our website”.

Speaking about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships in Blackpool 2019, Charlotte Wareing, Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union Said …

“I’m very proud the LGBT IPC is coming to my home town of Blackpool and that we can offer hospitality to athletes coming to Blackpool from all over the world. We are very grateful for the positive response from all our community partners that have made this all possible. We are looking forward to delivering an incredible experience for all of our guests in the summer of 2019”.

LGBT IPC Programme 2019

The choice of the seaside town of Blackpool as our host town will give us the opportunity of doubling our participation levels over the next two years as the town has an abundance of high quality, low cost accommodation. Athletes from all over the world will find Blackpool a very affordable place to stay and easy to access as they will be able to take the one hour fast train directly from Manchester International Airport straight into the Gay Village in the centre of Blackpool.

Blackpool 2019 will be happening 19th – 21st July 2019 and the programme currently includes a Coaching Clinic, Technical Briefing, Competition, Social Evening, Congress, Development Workshop and Closing Party at the World Renowned “Funny Girls Cabaret”. Blackpool 2019 and 2020 will give us the opportunity to build our participation numbers and provide a very safe host town environment for all of our Trans, Non Binary and Intersex participants.

Community Partnerships

In the build up to Blackpool 2019 the LGBT Powerlifting Union are planning workshops in the North on Saturday 5th January (Blackpool) and the South on Sunday 13th January (London) with more dates to follow soon for workshops in the USA. The UK workshops will be hosted by experienced coaches Chris Morgan, Charlotte Wareing and Hanne Bingle who have won over 20 world titles between them, with the assistance of partner gyms Fortitude Fitness in Blackpool and Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club in London.

The LGBT Powerlifting Union, would like to thank Blackpool Sixth Form College for being our host venue partner, The Lawton Hotel and The Beechfield Hotel for being our host hotels, Pride Sports for assisting us in the delivery of Congress and Development Workshops, and Funny Girls for hosting our closing Cabaret Banquet Party. LGBT IPC will also be partnering with LGBT Horizon Charity in delivering “The Healthy Living Café”, which will be open throughout the championship weekend, with all proceeds donated to their local LGBT Hardship Fund.

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register for Blackpool 2019 visit their website: or their Facebook Group  For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan by email

Editors Notes:

  • LGBT IPC weekend has a full programme of activities including a Novices Coaching Clinic & Technical Briefing (Friday 19th July), Competition (Saturday 20th July), Congress (Sunday 21st July), Development Workshop (Sunday 21st July) and Closing Party (Sunday 21st July). Visit for more details.
  • LGBT IPC 2019 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 2019 and 2020 events.
  • 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 but has now been confirmed to be returning in Hong Kong in 2022. The Federation of Gay Games website can be found at
  • You can get more information about our partners at their websites: Fortitude Fitness  Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club Blackpool Sixth Form College The Lawton’s Hotel The Beechfield Hotel  Pride Sports  Funny Girls and LGBT Horizon Charity

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 five 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.  

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