Annual OutWOD raises funds for HIV testing during Pride Week

AVOL provides anonymous STD testing, rental assistance, and other programs and services to people in need.

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – Pride Week continues in Lexington with events taking place ahead of Saturday’s Pride Festival.

On Friday, an event inspired people to raise money for a worthy cause that benefits the LGBTQ+ community.

At Crossfit Maximus, it was all sweat and pain as people tested their limits through tough training. This was all part of the gym’s third annual “OUT” WOD. The event brings together the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

“There is inclusion here, especially at Crossfit Maximus, in that we love everyone here. We are open to all, we accept everyone. We just want everyone to come and have a good time, have that good sense of community. That’s the most important part,” said Cory Payton, one of the event’s main organizers.

This year, all money raised at the event will go to AVOL Kentucky.

“I think it’s one of the coolest things we’ve ever done,” said Anthony Smallwood, community engagement manager for AVOl. “For a gym to come forward and say we want to do an event just for you, just for AVOL, to support the people who live with it, that’s a big deal.”

The nonprofit organization offers anonymous STD testing, rental assistance, and other programs and services to people in need.

“We make sure people are in a comfortable and safe housing situation so they can focus on their health,” Smallwood said.

The event included raffles and people dressed in their finest costumes, all to support the cause.

“It helps me realize that a lot of my friends are LGBTQ+ and it’s really nice to see what I’m doing is basically helping them,” Payton said.

The support also meant a lot to a nonprofit that gives so much back to the community.

“Everyone comes together to support each other, it’s probably one of my favorite times of the year because that’s when we shine the brightest,” Smallwood said.

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