Pull For Pride Athlete Ivoire Foreman: "Keep your head up. You belong."
Name: Ivoire Foreman
Pull for Pride location: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite song to listen to while training: Juicy Notorious BIG
Favorite post-training meal: Chicken wings, sweet potato, and adult spinach
How do you identify? Tell us a little about yourself:
I identify as F to Awesome.
I am a queer artist of color stomping under the trans umbrella. I work and live in Brooklyn, New York and hold an MFA from School of Visual Arts. I am a builder, sculptor, a manipulator of mediums.
What does Pull for Pride mean to you and what's motivating you to participate?
Pull for Pride for me is an opportunity to say and show my profound thanks.
When did you begin barbell training?
What do you find fulfilling about training?
For example the first time I attempted 120kilos (264 pounds) I almost peed myself it was so much. I thought, “Ok I guess this is my max,” but two weeks later… !
Oh it is so much more!
What do you find challenging?
Getting TO the gym can be a struggle sometimes.
What message or advice do you have for folks who might want to start strength training but aren't sure how or where to begin?
If you are trans and/or queer, do you have any words of encouragement or insights for other trans and queer folks for navigating gym environments and approaching training?
You are stronger then all them Cis(sys) and it has nothing to do with how much you can lift.
Do you have any advice or encouragements for cisgender and straight allies who want to help make the gym a more welcoming space for trans and queer folks?
Respect our pronouns.
Save your apologies and push each other to do and be better.