Englewood, CO (PRUnderground) June 20th, 2022: In honor of Pride Month, the largest nationwide community of indoor climbing gyms, Movement Gyms has teamed up with local artists to create unique, limited-edition t-shirts that will benefit LGBTQIA+ organizations. The designs, expressions of climbing, yoga, and fitness, will be available for purchase at Movement Gyms nationwide.
“While we prioritize partnering with LGBTQIA+ organizations year-round, it’s also important to our community that we also acknowledge Pride this month,” said Stephanie Ko Pound, EVP at Movement. “Producing this exclusive t-shirt, for instance, lets us shine a light on these gifted artists and their designs, while also supporting and raising awareness of great organizations around the country.”
Each design was created with the artists’ signature style. For example, Cam and Miah, the duo behind Camiah, a company to help people live inspired lives and do great work, created fun characters to create truly unique expressions of climbing, yoga and fitness. Jiyul Kim, a freelance artist and queer and non-binary boulderer, incorporated bold lines and dynamic colors to create a vibrant, textured and rustic look. And Karen Ceballos, a birds and rock enthusiast by day and illustrator by night, celebrated the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC in the outdoors and the amazing biodiversity that surrounds us with a colorful piece that expresses her love for her climbing community – or rainbow-filled family.
“I was drawn to the more inclusive language of “as you are,” for folks who may be in the process of self-exploration and still figuring out their queerness,” explains Kim. “I decided to position the design on the back of the shirt to make it more visible while climbing. This makes the front of the shirt a more subtle expression of queerness, while the back is a bolder and more explicit proclamation of queer self-identification and/or support of the queer climbing community.”
Movement Gyms is proud to support LGBTQIA+ organizations around the country with every t-shirt sold. Proceeds will benefit
- Chicago (LIN & WRI): Brave Space Alliance
- HIL: House of Rebirth
- PDX: Q Center
- East Region: Unmatched Athlete
- CO Region: Envision You
- Bay Area: OUT Foundation
- Fountain Valley: LGBTQ Center OC
Movement Gyms celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community year-round with monthly queer climb nights, meetups with local LGBTQIA+ organizations, progress belay tags for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies, and more.
To learn more about this local artist collaboration, or to participate in local Movement events near you, please visit your nearest Movement Gym.
About Movement Gyms
Movement is the largest nationwide community of indoor climbing gyms. Every Movement facility is committed to growing the climbing community through a shared vision to empower personal transformation and inspire social and environmental impact.
Movement gyms feature bouldering, top-roping, and lead climbing, as well as amenities like yoga studios, functional fitness, cardio zones, and climbing gear shops. Each facility caters to participants of all abilities – from competitive athletes to weekend adventurers and families.
Learn more at Movement Gyms.
This press release was written by the sponsor and does not represent the views of the Climbing Business Journal editorial team.