EDIT is an effort to help coaches, trainers, and other leaders in fitness spaces to work towards The OUT Foundation’s mission of removing barriers that block LGBTQ+ individuals' access and participation in fitness, health, and wellness.
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Training - EDIT program is designed for anyone that seeks to create a welcoming and nurturing fitness environment for the LGBTQ+ community. EDIT 'trains the trainer' to incorporate inclusive coaching skills to uplift, embolden, and affirm their LGBTQ+ clients' and members' physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being.
During this 2-hour session participants will learn about unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals as they navigate fitness and wellness spaces. We also discuss key concepts on language and identity as they relate to engaging with members/clients.
After completing this training participants will learn inclusive coaching skills to create safer fitness spaces for the LGBTQ+ community through engaging in difficult conversations and using real-world examples to hone those skills.
Each EDIT training seminar is two hours long and covers a range of topics along with best practices for reaching LGBTQ+ clients and community members. EDIT Seminars are presented by OUT Foundation Education and Training Coordinator, Erin Pustarfi.
Each seminar covers:
- The LGBTQ+ Umbrella
- Inclusive Language
- Coming Out at the Gym
- Tans Allyship in Fitness
- Best Practices and More.
Along with an interactive activity, trainees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback.
- A certificate for completing the EDIT Seminar
- An exclusive code to an EDIT T-shirt from The OUT Foundation shop
- An EDIT sticker from The OUT Foundation shop
Pricing is determined by individual and group basis.
- Individuals: $300
- 3-5 participants: $150 per person
- 5+ participants: $75 per person
Over 45% of community members have felt intimidated in fitness spaces based on feedback we received through our scholarship program and results from a targeted 2019 survey we sent out.
For transgender/nonbinary individuals, that number goes up, 79% – 28% stopped attending a gym because they felt uncomfortable or unwelcome because of their identity. 51% have been harassed directly or indirectly at a gym because of their identity.
The LGBTQ+ community deserves a space to feel like themselves and free of worry about whether they can bring a significant other, use the restroom they want, wear rainbow attire, or more. You can make a difference.