Denver Pride month may feel like a never-ending celebration of all things rainbows and sequins, but for many of us in the LGBTQIA community, June is a necessary month to not only bring awareness to the queer community but also to celebrate it. During Denver Pride week (June 13-16 this year), it’s always fun to jump in and participate in “pride ride”s at local spin studios or buy the exclusive rainbow-bedazzled merch. However, the need for inclusive studios exists beyond this summer month. What does this look like? This can mean proudly displaying a year-round pride flag, offering non-gendered restroom/changing room options, encouraging instructors to use inclusive and non-gender specific language … the list goes on and on!
Here at FitLo we also want to give a shout out to the studios and folks who are vocally committed to supporting LGBT-community year round.
Compass Fitness Denver
Compass Fitness Denver: “No doubt, I am one of the lucky ones, a white, feminine presenting lesbian. Daily, I am surrounded with so much love and support for EVERY part of who I am, including who and how I love. I think about people who have been discarded, pushed out, removed from their family, and physically hurt simply for existing and honoring their truth, and I tend to lose it. When I opened a business, it was very important to us (thanks TEAM Compass) that the space we held for people is one of not only acceptance for all, but celebration, unconditional love, and support for all. Compass Fitness Denver is donating all proceeds from our PRIDE gear this weekend to the The Center on Colfax. They do AMAZING work for our LGBTQ + communities here in Denver, so PLEASE support them in any way you can.” – @Jilliankeaveny, Co-Owner @compassfitnessdenver
Kindness Collective Yoga
Kindness Collective: This Denver yoga studio has nine locations and donation-based drop ins, making it one of the most accessible fitness studios in the city. Students are never turned away for lack of funds. Kindness proclaims that they are an “open and diverse family” and their inclusive classes certainly demonstrate that.
High Ride Cycle
High Ride Cycle: This local spin studio preaches individuality and positivity. It’s a “dance party on a bike” and the dark room and loud music will totally help you tap in and commit to the workout. High Ride gets serious bonus points for having a non-gendered restroom/shower option!
Check it out: Endorphin had their own float at the 2019 Denver Pride Parade!
“Love is love, sweat is beautiful, spandex is always in fashion, and EVERYONE is welcome at Endo!” – Endorphin
Movement Climbing + Fitness
Movement Climbing + Fitness: Movement, which has locations in Boulder, RiNo and Baker, is another place with a wonderful community. Among their various events and classes, they sometimes host Queer Climb Night.
OUTrun: This newer group, founded by Addie Bracy and Corey Conner, seeks to create a safe, encouraging and welcoming space for LGBT runners. They just hosted a Pride Run at Improper City and we hope to see more from them!
Queer & Trans Yoga
Queer & Trans Yoga: The first time I went to a queer & trans yoga class was a revelation. The GLBT Center on Colfax offers this class Mondays from 6-7 pm with Drewsilla and #GiraffeMagick. The Center also offers SilverSneakers Yoga and Gentle Yoga for adults 50 and older.
Soul Cycle Denver
Soul Cycle Denver: Soul Cycle may be one of the most well-known national studios that is inclusive to people of all genders and sexualities. Again, non-gendered individual changing rooms helps to make this studio a super welcoming space.
Varsity Gay League
Varsity Gay League: This LGBTQ+ recreation sports league offers year round activities like dodgeball, bowling, tennis, soccer and kickball. No tryouts, just sign up online! All welcome.
What studio or events did I miss? Is your studio committed to the LGBT community? Let us know! Remember, pride isn’t just a month — show your support year round!