For Kyle Fairall, Fitness wasn’t just part of their life. It was an outlet of self-expression.

As a non-binary gender queer, Fairall used health and wellness as a way to help them understand their body, as well as remain in a positive place.

“It’s been huge. I wanted to be a personal trainer for a really long time, since I was a young child, Fairall says. “I had been involved in sports and activity my whole life, but it wasn’t until I started coming into myself as a queer person and my gender identity, I really connected with my head and my heart how important fitness was to connecting with my body.”

However, like many people in the LGBTQ+ community, Fairall struggled in a conventional gym setting, experiencing what they called “non-queer friendly” experiences. Between disapproving looks from other patrons in change-rooms, to humiliating experiences with trainers, Fairall found going to the gym to be more traumatic than empowering.