Cultural competence and diversity at Defy Gravity

Defy Gravity is an inclusive fitness space, and we are also a community that works to empower all of our students. We place special emphasis on supporting those with marginalized identities.

What is a marginalized identity?

"Marginalization is the process of pushing a particular group or groups of people to the edge of society by not allowing them an active voice, identity, or place in it. Through both direct and indirect processes, marginalized groups may be relegated to a secondary position or made to feel as if they are less important than those who hold more power or privilege in society. Individuals and groups can be marginalized on the basis of multiple aspects of their identity, including but not limited to: race, gender or gender identity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, sexuality, age, and/or religion. Some individuals identify with multiple marginalized groups, and may experience further marginalization as a result of their intersecting identities." To learn more, please visit:

In this space and at all Defy Gravity events, we expect everyone to adhere to the Defy Gravity Cultural Competence and Diversity Policies. 

We expect you to:

• Have empathy for others’ experiences and perspectives

• Be open to feedback and change

• Engage in non-offensive inquiry

• Practice bystander intervention

• Accept people’s lived experiences

• Respect people’s pronouns/gender identity

• Refrain from playing “devil’s advocate”

• Respect people’s personal boundaries

DG Anti-Harassment Policy

Defy Gravity is committed to working towards making a safer space for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size or shape, race, nationality, immigration status, age, profession, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of people at our events or in our space in any capacity. Harassment as we define it includes (but is not limited to) offensive words or actions related to the identities, traits, and characteristics stated above; deliberate intimidation; use of photography or recording without permission, sustained disruption or talking over others; non-consensual inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.


People asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to stop immediately and claim ownership for their actions. Anyone breaking these rules will be asked to leave the event or Defy Gravity space at the discretion of any Defy Gravity staff member.

How to Report

If you wish to report harassment, please email [email protected] or arrange to meet with the studio manager. All reports are confidential and will be investigated quickly and fairly.