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LGBT International Powerlifting Championships to be held in Manchester in 2022

July 28, 2021

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) will next be held in Manchester in July 2022. The Championships will have the theme of “All Equal”, which is a response to the negativity directed towards members of the LGBT+ Community within strength sports in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

Chris Morgan

The organisers say: “We have been disappointed by the many unpleasant comments and protests towards LGBT+ Olympic athlete Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand over this 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.

“There are now at least 40 powerlifting federations, national affiliates, championships and clubs that have adopted LGBT+ friendly policies in the last four years. 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 Facebook LGBT International Powerlifting Championships or

Forthcoming Fixtures 2021 – 2022 

LGBT POWERLIFTING WORKSHOPS 2022 – London & Manchester March 2022 

For novice and first-time athletes looking to train and compete in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2022.


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