I wanted to share a little of my story, and thank all of you so much for helping me.
I’m from Salt Lake City, UT and being a queer, fat person in this city can be extremely difficult. I used to work out a lot when I was in high school, I was on the swim team. I blew my knee out senior year so I couldn’t work out as hard as I was, and no one ever taught me how to do an easy workout.
Jump forward almost 8 years and I still don’t really work out. I kept making up excuses as to why, some of them completely valid, others not so much. One of my biggest fears was taking a class that did accept my gender or my weight. The gyms around here are known for the over use of phrases, like, “come on ladies! Go harder.” Or for touching the fat parts of people’s bodies and yelling at them for not having the motivation. And just when I thought I was doomed to get my only exercise from walking to work and standing on my feet all day, I found the be.come project.
I haven’t been doing it for long, but it’s helped me gain back some of my confidence. I can wear whatever I would like and not be poked at. And I absolutely don’t run the fear of being misgendered. Thank you all so much!