The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) are delighted to announce they will next be held in Manchester in July 2022. Once again, they will be providing a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (Trans) athletes to participate and compete in strength sports. The Championships will adopt the theme of “All Equal”, which is a response to the negativity directed towards members of the LGBT+ Community within strength sports in the buildup to the Tokyo Olympics.


“We have been disappointed by the many unpleasant comments and protests towards LGBT+ Olympic athlete Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand over these last few weeks and we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming LGBT International Powerlifting Championship for all regardless of Sexuality, Gender, Race, Religion, Ability or Health status. The phrase “All Equal” has been used recently by Olympic President Thomas Bach, to illustrate that everyone should respect the same rules, irrespective of social background, gender, race, sexual orientation of political belief.


“In 2022 we will once again be welcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans athletes to a competitive International Powerlifting Championships from all over world. In 2018 we became the first sporting event in the world to offer an optional third gender MX Category, welcoming Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex athletes to compete in strength sports for the first time. In 2022 we plan to build on this success and welcome even more LGBT+ athletes, from all over the world, to experience the special and unique atmosphere of LGBT IPC.


We are committed to welcoming all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Non-Binary, Intersex and Gender Non-Conforming athletes to compete in LGBT IPC and this year we do so under the banner of All Equal. Over the last four years we have worked extremely hard to create as many safe competitive “Routes to Platform” as possible for LGBT+ athletes and we continue to offer opportunities for all LGBT+ athletes to compete. We have accommodated everyone from novice and first timers, right through to world champions, world record holders, Arnold Classic and Olympic athletes.


We would like to take this opportunity to highlight that there are now at least forty powerlifting federations, national affiliates, championships, and clubs that have adopted LGBT+ friendly policies in the last four years (See Our International Directory). Huge progress has been made since the first LGBT IPC in 2017 to provide safe and welcoming places for all LGBT+ strength athletes to participate and compete equally. The LGBT+ Powerlifting Directory Can Be Found Here


To find out more about the championships, visit us at Facebook “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” or at our website


“LGBT IPC ANNOUNCED FOR MANCHESTER 2022” – 29th, 30th, 31st July 2022


LGBT IPC 2022 will be held in Manchester at the Trinity Sports Centre, which is located just five minutes from the famous gay village and Canal Street. There is a whole programme of events planned to include Weigh In, Technical Meeting, Championships, Social Evening. Congress and Closing Party.


“LGBT POWERLIFTING WORKSHOPS 2022” – London & Manchester March 2022 


We offer LGBT Powerlifting Workshops every spring for Novice and First-Time athletes, who are looking to train and compete in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2022.




For the first time at the end of 2021, we will be holding a “Christmas Winter Pride” event that will include: Technical Briefing, LGBT+ Bench Press Seminar, LGBT+ Bench Press Championship, followed by Christmas Drinks.


Registration is now open for LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and Pride Powerlifting

Photo by Chris Morgan