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Is Crossfit Declaring Itself as Anti-LGBTQ for Pride Month?

On the wake of a ruling by SCOTUS in regard to the infamous cake scandal of the Masterpiece Bakery. The owner of a Crossfit franchise in Indiana, Crossfit Infiltrate, which had planned a special Pride themed workout class in honor of Pride month was abruptly cancelled by the owner of said box who had stated…

“Our underlying goal for the staff and members at CrossFit Infiltrate and our other gyms CrossFit White River and University Ave CrossFit, is total health and well-being for the individual and the community. Total health involves the body, the emotions, relationships, and the spirit. At the foundational detractor from health, as we believe God sets the parameters for, is pride. We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our own values and beliefs.”

The original “Pride WOD” had been planned by the coaches which, following the owners’ comments, resigned from their positions at Crossfit Infiltrate along with a large number of members and other employees. The current operational status of the box is currently unknown, but chances are there isn’t much happening there at the moment. After facing significant backlash for their discriminatory point of view, Crossfit Infiltrate released this statement…

“The unfortunate line that is being read about the gym grossly misrepresents what CrossFit Infiltrate stands for and what it believes. The majority of the reviews and statements being read about the gym largely point out that Infiltrate’s community has been incredible and welcoming and that the decision not to host an Indy Pride event is the reason we are called bigots or discriminative. However, let the history of the gym speak for itself and for the position we take in this divisive atmosphere, CrossFit Infiltrate welcomes, serves, and prioritizes training people to be fit and functional in body, mind, and spirit. It never has and never will be anything but welcoming to all human beings who live, move, and breathe in God’s world.”

Which of course, continues to show that the owners of Crossfit Infiltrate will continue to discriminate against those who do not subscribe to their ideology which is decidedly, anti-LGBTQ+ and not conducive to a welcoming and inclusive environment they claim to serve.

Crossfit operates on a franchise model, which its’ gyms are owned and operated by independent franchisers that are not directly representative of the Crossfit brand overall. Thus the statements of Crossfit Infiltrate should not reflect on Crossfit as a whole… until the self described “Chief Knowledge Officer – Crossfit” Russell Berger had this to say in a tweet (that he has since deleted)…

And this…

Based on these statements, one can surmise that Crossfit, with a long, controversial history of providing intense workouts that have led to a high number of injuries and a reputation for unsafe workouts that have created a lot of negative stigma regarding the safety of exercise and fitness. Is now declaring itself as officially anti-LGBTQ+ and unwelcoming of anybody who does not subscribe to their narrow minded ideology, all in the name of “religious tolerance.” Is it time for the LGBTQ+ community to reevaluate it’s membership to Crossfit?

**UPDATE 06/06/18 3pm MST**

While Russell Berger has deleted his tweets, and ultimately his account. Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman tweeted this out…

and just recently this…

**UPDATE 06/06/18 6pm MST**

It appears that CrossFit is learning their lesson and just how much the words of their representatives were hurtful to a sizeable part of their membership base. Let’s hope this leads to a greater change in education and awareness training toward building a more inclusive culture.

By Dirk Smith

 

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