Pride Spotlight: Wisty Andres
Happy Pride Month! Here at 305, we are celebrating the diversity and uniqueness each of our LGBTQ clients and instructors bring to every class.
Is it all glitters and rainbows tho? We kiki'd with Boston Instructor Wisty Andres, after she filled the streets of Boston with PRIDE, to find out what Pride means to her!
What does Pride mean to you?
Pride is is first accepting who you are. Pride is also being proud of who you are. Pride is about reaffirming your right to love who you love. And Pride is also about supporting others for who they are.
Pride is embracing the bright light that is me and you (me/you, no difference!) and supporting others to do the same.
How does ((305)) celebrate that definition of Pride?
((305)) is the open, welcoming, encouraging. It is a safe environment (and community) that makes it easy for me to be confident in who I am, seeing everyone in the eyes of love and acceptance. I love sharing the magic of openness with everyone in the room and seeing the fierce AF ((305)) moves open junkies' minds and hearts.
At ((305)), there is no hesitation for me to be my full-out living-out-loud, loving, energetic, sexy and proud self. <3
What's your go-to, take-it-to-the-next level move when you're crushing on someone?
*looks at human in the eyes, gets super shy*
*gets tiny and usually makes silly face because shyness takes over*
"Sooo....I reaalllly like youuuuu."
*squeals and hides face and peeks just one eyeball as I wait for response*
What's your advice to someone who might be confused/struggling with/questioning/exploring their sexuality?
Be open, be willing to explore, and let yourself see all humans through the eyes of kindness and love. Listen to your heart with what resonates with you, what lights you up and makes you feel soo good! There's no need to force or push anything, play and find what is natural for you.
Remember that EVERY HUMAN is different and full of uniqueness, so you can let yourself enjoy YOUR uniqueness and find what makes YOU feel like YOU. Surround yourself with people who love and support your process, and remember that is is always a process being everything is always changing in life.
How can fitness be a tool for empowering people?
Fitness is such an incredible tool for empowerment because it is a physical experience of your strength and power within you. The more you are able to experience your own strength and build that physical strength, you also find yourself growing and learning about your non-physical strength and your own process on how you grow as a human.
Is ((305)) empowering as a queer person? If so, how?
YES DEFINITELY! I get to express myself with love and excitement, full of *305 glitter!* There's no judgment, only a room full of "YAAS!" "GET IT!" "SLAYYY" and lots of sweat and smiles. Teaching ((305)) is super empowering and fun because I get to be my queer self, and I get to share my love and light with my junkies and #305virgins (which is the best when they discover the energy I love to feel in class!).
Knowing that not every place is a safe space for a queer person, I am so eagerly happy to share my safe space with other queers/gays/humans in general. We all deserve to have a safe space to express ourselves!
What's your coming out story?
I feel like I am still in discovery mode about my queerness and sexuality. I learned that I am attracted to women around 18, and since then I have been exploring and learning more about myself and what my preferences are.
Last October on National Coming Out Day, I was inspired to share on Facebook and Instragram that I am bi/pansexual and there's something about making it "FB official" that solidifies it into my experience. Now, I am so happy to share my love for all humans and I do my best to share and encourage acceptance everyday <3
Ready to slay? Book class with Wisty now.
🌈 305 PRIDE, BABY! 🌈
Come on, circuit queens! We know you love to dance. We know you love to sweat. We know you love to be sexy. And we KNOW you love to throw shade and spill the well-brewed tea.
June is PRIDE month at ((305)). We're celebrating LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and folks in between everywhere.
In Boston: 305 PRIDE (gay nite) Fridays at 6:30PM @ 699 Boylston. Sign up and bring an LGBTQ friend for free. DJs will mix songs from your favorite queens featuring RuPaul, Madonna and more. We're skipping the sprint section -- thank gawd -- and adding more toning and more dancing. Sign up here.