Inclusive exercise for queer communities

Elsie Lange

Do you identify as LGBTIQA+ and want to exercise your muscles in an inclusive and safe space, for free?

Well, Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health (SCCH) National LGBTI Inclusion Program (CLIP) would love to have you as part of their Rainbow-active project.

Held in April and May, sessions include yoga, bushwalking, personal training, karate, combat group fitness, spin and dance.

Brad Burns, owner of Eclipse Gym in Kyneton, is excited to help make fitness spaces less exclusive, more welcoming and safer for queer communities.

“As a queer person myself, I understand how intimidating something like a gym can be at times,” Mr Burns said.

“I know when I was young…I found gyms to be quite an intimidating place, so when I took over Eclipse Gym I worked really hard to make sure it became a place where everyone everyone feels comfortable.

“Not just gay people, but women, people with disabilities – people from all walks of life from all parts of the community, I want them to feel safe and comfortable in the gym,” he said. -he declares.

Rainbow-active sessions are delivered by organizations that have recently completed training on how to create LGTBIQA+ friendly places through sports inclusion activists Proud 2 Play.

Rainbow-active project manager Belinda Brain said the SCCH believes that providing community education opportunities to organizations and then holding trial sessions will give all community members the most great possibility of a new and positive experience.

“People are welcome to try a number of activities – book with a partner or friend if you’re a little nervous and we hope you find something you really enjoy and want to go on,” Ms Brain said. .

To book a session go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/rainbowactivecomeandtryor email [email protected] for more information on player or organizational involvement.

Kristen T. Prall