LGBT INTERNATIONAL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN MANCHESTER 2022

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) are delighted to announce they will next be held in Manchester in July 2022. Once again they will be providing a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual and Transgender (Trans)

athletes to participate and compete in strength sports. The Championships will adopt the theme of “All Equal”, which is a response to the negativity directed towards members of the LGBT+ Community within strength sports in the build up to the Tokyo Olympics.

“We have been disappointed by the many unpleasant comments and protests towards LGBT+ Olympic athlete Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand over this last few weeks and we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming LGBT International Powerlifting Championship for all regardless of Sexuality, Gender, Race, Religion, Ability or Health status. The phrase “ All Equal” has been used recently by Olympic President Thomas Bach, to illustrate that everyone should respect the same rules, irrespective of social background, gender, race, sexual orientation of political belief.

“In 2022 we will once again be welcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual and Trans athletes to a competitive International Powerlifting Championships from all over world. In 2018 we became the first sporting event in the world to offer an optional third gender MX Category, welcoming Trans, Non Binary and Intersex athletes to compete in strength sports for the first time. In 2022 we plan to build on this success and welcome even more LGBT+ athletes, from all over the world, to experience the special and unique atmosphere of LGBT IPC.

We are committed to welcoming all Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Trans, Non Binary, Intersex and Gender Non-Conforming athletes to compete in LGBT IPC and this year we do so under the banner of All Equal. Over the last four years we have worked extremely hard to create as many safe competitive “Routes to Platform” as possible for LGBT+ athletes and we continue to offer opportunities for all LGBT+ athletes to compete. We have accommodate everyone from novice and first timers, right through to world champions, world record holders, Arnold Classic and Olympic athletes.

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight that there are now at least forty powerlifting federations, national affiliates, championships and clubs that have adopted LGBT+ friendly policies in the last four years (See Our International Directory). Huge progress has been made since the first LGBT IPC in 2017 to provide safe and welcoming places for all LGBT+ strength athletes to participate and compete equally. “The LGBT+ Powerlifting Directory Can Be Found Here”   http://lgbtpowerlifting.org/?page_id=628 

To find out more about the championships, visit us at Facebook “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” or at our website www.lgbtpowerlifitng.org

Forthcoming Fixtures 2021 – 2022

“LGBT IPC ANNOUNCED FOR MANCHESTER 2022” – 29th, 30th, 31st July 2022

LGBT IPC 2022 will be held in Manchester at the Trinity Sports Centre, which is located just five minutes from the famous gay village and Canal Street. There is a whole programme of events planned including Weigh In, Technical Meeting, Championships, Social Evening. Congress and Closing Party.

“LGBT POWERLIFTING WORKSHOPS 2022” – London & Manchester March 2022

We offer LGBT Powerlifting Workshops every spring for Novice and First Time athletes, who are looking to train and compete in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2022.

“PRIDE POWERLIFTING RETURNS AS WINTER PRIDE” – Saturday 11th December 2021

For the first time at the end of 2021 we will be holding a “Christmas Winter Pride” event that will include: Technical Briefing, LGBT+ Bench Press Seminar, LGBT+ Bench Press Championship, followed by Christmas Drinks.

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

Registration is now open for LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and Pride Powerlifting

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 (Trans), 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 2022 weekend has a full program of activities including a Technical Briefing (Friday 29th July), Competition (Saturday 30th July), Congress (Sunday 31st July) and Closing Party (Sunday 31st   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 voted on in 2017 and introduced for the 2018 and 2019 events and the policy continues for our 2022 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.
  • 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. 

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Forthcoming LGBT Powerlifting fixtures …

More details coming soon …

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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 !

My workshop dates for 2021 will be available soon !

Checkout the competition details at www.lgbtpowerlifting.org

Chris Morgan, 10x World Champion Powerlifter & Meet Director or LGBT IPC.

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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.

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LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 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

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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” …

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Coming Soon – LGBT International Powerlifting Championships – 2019

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LGBT Powerlifting Workshops March 2019 – London (South) and Blackpool (North)

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Gay Games Ambassador Chris Morgan Wins European Championship Gold …

Gay Games Ambassador Chris Morgan Wins European Championship Gold in Nancy, France (June 2018) …

After a long period of Injury and illness Chris Morgan has returned from the GPC European Powerlifting Championships in Nancy, France with a Gold Medal in the Masters 2, Unequipped Deadlift and has set a new British record at 235 kilos at a bodyweight of the 88.8 kilos class (90 Kilo Class). Chris will arrive at the Gay Games in Paris this summer as a current European and World Champion.

Speaking about the recent European Championships, Chris Said …

It’s wonderful to be back in the Great Britain Team representing my country again, this time winning medals and setting records in Masters categories. Powerlifting as a sport has always helped with my own personal evolution, so to be back after a short career break, it feels wonderful”.

“What Powerlifting means to me has changed over this last few years, with me starting to enjoy the sport again thank to the members of GPC-GB,  I feel very grateful to have this  opportunity. After so many injuries over this last few years, it feels wonderful to be back in contention for medals and records”.

“I’m very much looking forward to representing the Federation of Gay Games in Paris as one of their Global Ambassadors, helping them to promote their Scholarship programme and assisting them to deliver the message of – Participation, Inclusion, Personal Best”.

The Gay Games are happening  in Paris on August 4th -12th and as of 16th June there are 9,500 participants already registered. Details about Gay Games can be found at www.paris2018.com and www.gaygames.org Chris will be available to press and media from Friday 3rd to Wednesday 8th of August in Paris.

He may be contacted at chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Forthcoming Competitions & Events 2018 – 2019

July 2018 – LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (London, England) – Meet Director

August 2018 – Federation of Gay Games (Paris, France) – Ambassador Duties

Sept 2018 – GPC World Powerlifting Championships (Eger, Hungary) – Lifting and Refereeing

May 2019 – GPC European Powerlifting Championships (Tiszakecske, Hungary) -Lifting and Refereeing

July 2019 – LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (TBC – Bid Stage) – Meet Director

October 2019 – GPC World Powerlifting Championships (Nove Zamky, Slovakia) – Lifting and Refereeing

Career Biography

Chris Morgan: 

Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998. During his eighteen 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 nine times, European Champion Four Times, British Champion Eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. From  2010 to 2015, he was the overall Best Lifter six times at the British Deadlift Championships consecutively and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several World and British records in the Deadlift and is a qualified International Category Referee.

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. He is also the Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union and the Meet Director of the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships.

New Updated Wikipedia Page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Morgan_(powerlifter)

For further  information about the Gay Games Ambassadors & Gay Games Scholarships

https://gaygames.org/Ambassadors and https://gaygames.org/FGG-Scholarship-Program

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Chris Morgan Appointed Male Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union …

PRESS RELEASE:  AUGUST 2017

“Announcing The Formation of the LGBT Powerlifting Union” …

On Saturday 29th July 2017 LGBT Powerlifters from all over the world attended the inaugural LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) held in London. Nine countries were represented including Australia, Belarussia, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, United States of America and of course the home nation Great Britain with group of 40 including lifters, coaches and partners in attendance.

Athletes participating in the event ranged from complete novices, right through to World Champions and World record holders.  The Championships are a direct reaction to Powerlifting not being included in the Gay Games in Paris 2018 and the subsequent discussions with The Federation of Gay Games, where a recommendation was made for LGBT Powerlifters to have their own annual championships for three years of the Quadrennial cycle.

The main purpose of these annual Championships is to grow and develop LGBT Powerlifting in preparation for the Gay Games in 2022.  The host city for 2022 will be announced in October at the Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Gay Games in Paris and will be one of Guadalajara (Mexico), Hong Kong (China) or Washington DC (USA).

During the LGBT IPC weekend there was also a Congress meeting which was attended by a widest diverse group of LGBT Powerlifters ever assembled, with some having attended Gay Games as early as 1982, along with novice lifters new to the sport and were participating in their first championships. The group decided to form an athletes “Union” of LGBT Powerlifters to give them representation with The Federation of Gay Games and with mainstream powerlifting Federations.

Currently LGBT Powerlifters have no representation within the Federation of Gay Games, which was one of the reasons the sport was not included in next year’s  Gay Games in Paris. Also a number of mainstream Powerlifting Federations have rules that could prevent LGBT lifters attending Gay Games in the future, and the new “Athletes Union” aims to clarify these rules and open discussions where appropriate to increase participation in future Gay Games.

Chris Morgan, Male Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting UnionGay Games Ambassador and an eight time world champion in the sport

“LGBT IPC 2017 was a great success bringing together LGBT Powerlifters from all over the world, along with their coaches, partners, families and friends. The weekend provided an opportunity for us to begin organising our affairs in preparation for re-entering the Gay Games in 2022. We aim now to continue discussions with the Federation of  Gay Games and enter discussions with mainstream Powerlifting Federations to make certain that LGBT Powerlifting continues to grow globally”.

Charlotte Wareing, Female Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union and a two time world champion and four time European champion

“It is essential that we adopt a sports model that attracts as many lifters as possible to participate in LGBT lifting, including people who in the past may have been discriminated against due to their gender, sexuality or HIV status. Gay Games adopts the principles in inclusion, participation and pursuit of personal best and we aim to stay true to these principles through the new LGBT Powerlifting Union”.

LGBT International Powerlifting Championship weekend 2018 is scheduled once again in London and with a bidding process now underway for future events scheduled in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Throughout 2017 and early 2018 the LGBT Powerlifting Union will be aiming to boost participation in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships by continuing to connect with the LGBT Sports Community and by reaching out to under-represented athletes such as Women, Transgender, Non Binary and Intersexed.

Next year’s competition will take part on Saturday 28th July, the weekend before the opening ceremony of Gay Games Paris at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, which was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. Events being offered are Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped) and Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped).

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest for LGBT IPC 2018 visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/

For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan Phone: 07545 781455 Email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes

  • LGBT Powerlifting Powerlifting Union consists of Male and Female Co-Presidents, plus currently seven national representatives who have been appointed with a specific aim of recruiting and boosting participation levels in LGBT Powerlifting globally. The Union is not Powerlifting Federation itself, but aims to offer representation for LGBT Powerlifters with the Federation of Gay Games and Mainstream Powerlifting Federations who’s rules may restrict athletes from attending Gay Games in the future. The Union will also be looking to reach out to Women, Non Binary and Intersexed athletes as they are under-represented strength sports.
  • The LGBT IPC 2018 weekend has a full programme of activities including Novices Coaching Clinic (Friday 27th July), Competition (Saturday 28th July), Athletes Banquet (Saturday 28th July), Congress (Sunday 29th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 29th July) Visit www.lgbtpowerlifing.org for more details.
  • Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was formed in 1926 and is a community funded gym, located in Central London www.bgwlc.co.uk
  • The LGBT IPC weekend 2018 closing party is sponsored by The Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco www.eaglelondon.com/horse-meat-disco
  • 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 Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004.  Powerlifting has not been included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.gaygames.org www.paris2018.com

Biographies

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President

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

During his eighteen year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty two times, where he has taken a total of twenty four international medals. He has been World Champion eight times, European Champion twice, 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 World and British strength 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 WareingFemale Co-President

Charlotte has been powerlifting for four years, she has won four master’s European titles and two World titles.

She holds British, World and European records across three weight classes in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter once each at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at this year’s 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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