About us

How we got our start

In 2011 we hosted the first “OUTWOD” gay CrossFit meetup in New York City. Now, known as The OUT Foundation, we are a nationally recognized organization. Walking into a fitness environment is already intimidating, especially if you’re new. LGBTQ+ people face even more of a barrier finding safety and comfort in traditional fitness spaces. That’s why we’re here. 

Through our programs, we work to ensure the success of LGBTQ+ individuals by removing the obstacles that prevent access and participation in fitness, health, and wellness spaces. Members of the LGBTQ+ community want a space to feel like themselves and not worry about the danger of wearing a rainbow shirt, bringing their partner, or using the restroom they want in gyms.

The OUT Foundation is here to work with fitness spaces and our community to educate and provide those spaces.


The OUT Foundation’s mission is to remove the barriers that block LGBTQ+ individuals’ from access and participation in fitness, health, and wellness, ensuring their success.

We are dedicated to nurturing, empowering, and celebrating LGBTQ+ bodies and minds, guaranteeing our community thrives.


Tina M. Weaver

Executive Director she/they

Paul Raker

Associate Executive Director He/him

Karina Damiani

Director of Community and Partner Engagement She/Her

Jessica Stein

Communications Assistant She/They


Janine Nicole

President She/Her

GRID Athlete

Head Coach & General Manager at JCFIT

Alex Gray

Vice President He/Him

Head of International Funds

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

James Vergara

Treasurer He/Him

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Investment Officer

PACE Funding Group LLC

Eddie Plata

Secretary He/Him

Executive Director

Opportunity Project, Inc.

Robert Buck

Board Member He/Him

VP Human Resources Business Partners

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Kevin Moore

Board Member He/Him

Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Clinical Services

NYU Langone Health

Taylar Stallings

Board Member She/Her

10X All Time Powerlifting World Record Holder

Real Estate Agent, Tampa, FL

Owner of TaylarMadeAthletics


Rogelio J. Capote

Board Member He/Him

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Community Relations –

Chief Communications Officer

CAN Community Health

Corrine Hill

Board Member She/Her

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Prime Health

Eduardo Placer

Board Member He/Him

CEO & Fearless Founder

Fearless Communications