At that point, I had to decide if I wanted to just stay as "the lesbian gym" or if I wanted to actually do the work it took to truly be an all inclusive LGBT gym. I wanted to be the real deal and legit, so I was down to do the work.
I called the Lyon Martin clinic and basically was like, "uh I'm trying to do this thing and I need to know what I don't know. Will you teach me?" They did. I literally sat in the clinic's director's office and was put through my very first ever queer 101.
My jaw dropped at how much I didn't know and this was just on the cultural side. There was still all the clinical stuff I needed to know about, but that would come at a later time. So then I was like ok, cool, now I know...but then I was like, oh shit, my staff doesn't know and I'm not good enough yet to teach them.
Soooo, I called Lyon Martin again and I'm like, "yeah you know that Queer 101 thing we did, can y'all do that for my staff?" They came out to the gym and put my staff through Queer 101 and since then, they've been required to go through this training twice a year.
Awhile ago, we decided to open up our training to the community because even though my staff was now killing it at building an inclusive, safe space...some of my members could use a little queer 101 love. From there,we let our members also invite anyone they thought could use a little queer 101.