Crossfit’s Response to its Own Anti-LGBT Employees

A Crossfit gym.

In the heat of LGBT discrimination fears, we saw another event earlier this month in Indianapolis fueled by claims of LGBT not fitting with religious beliefs. To this discrimination by one of its affiliate owners, Crossfit corporate fired Brandon Lowe for cancelling a “pride” event at his facility. Lowe wrote to a location coach in an email, “We believe that true health forever can only be found with humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business, we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our own values and beliefs.” In protest, CrossFit members began to cancel their memberships, gaining the attention of corporate, leaving them little choice but to fire Lowe and close his location.

After Lowe’s employment dismissal, Russel Berger, Crossfit’s “Chief Knowledge Officer” as his Twitter profile describes him, continued similar sentiments. In his tweets, Berger stated the following: “Thank you #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by your convictions and refusing to celebrate sin by hosting an @indypride workout. The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing #CrossFit,” and also added, “As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions…” After calling LGBT pride a sin because it does not fit with his “orthodox, historic Christian beliefs,” Berger has almost immediately since found himself lacking Crossfit’s employment as well.

In response to Lowe and Berger’s views, Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman definitely took a stand against their “appalling” discrimination. Glassman shares that he is “crazy proud of the gay community in CrossFit,” and speaks for the company when he says “The whole company is upset.” Glassman has continued to show supportive efforts on behalf of Crossfit for the LGBT community, encouraging communities to take a stand and push past discrimination.