Recently, I was talking with a group of queer/transgender friends about their gym and whether they feel safe and supported. Unfortunately, it was unanimous that they didn’t, feeling like they had to take care in what they say and do in the gym. It made me realize how lucky I am that I’ve found a safe space to workout, because I feel like I’m no different, no less than any other person in the gym. It reminded me how important safe spaces are for everyone, and why that matters.
Why Safe Spaces Matter
Feeling comfortable to be myself is important, because it simply allows me to live my best life. Because of safe spaces, I’ve been able to experience personal growth. I’ve been able to flourish and become a better person because of these spaces.
Why CrossFit Rocks
Because I’m not worried about my safety, I can just relax and enjoy the many things I love about CrossFit, one of which is the people. I love it that the kinds of people we have at our gym - intelligent, thoughtful and hardworking people - show up every day to work out and get to know one another.
Everyone’s so encouraging and genuinely happy with everyone's physical and strength accomplishments that I feel like I have the support of a team. I’ve played team sports my whole life, and CrossFit fills a similar spot in my life. It provides the same problem-solving and camaraderie as rugby (which I played for five years), and I get to compete against myself in workouts, getting better every time.
Safe Spaces For Me Now
When I moved to Colorado, it was difficult to adapt to living here. I’d just come out, and I was actively trying to find open, comfortable communities that were queer-friendly. Slowly, I found communities that I trusted and felt were safe. As I got older and more comfortable occupying the space that I do, my approach changed. My search is less active now, and I find places through word-of-mouth.
I’ve never had to think about my safety at CrossFit Beat, and I’m lucky to find myself surrounded by intelligent, consciously aware people (personally and socially). That’s where I find safety and comfort.