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)
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