Adebayo Katiiti 

they/them or he/him

Personal Training Specialist, Dance and Group Fitness Instructor

My name is Adebayo (or Adie, Ads, Adebs, Ade, Addy, Bayo), and I am a transgender athlete who came to Edmonton from Uganda for the ILGA swimming competition that took place in August 2016. I was not able to go back home because of fear of being persecuted by the police and after my family disowned me because of being queer. 

I have a Degree in Sports Science from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. I am also a certified physical fitness trainer and Dance instructor from Uganda, and identify as a trans queer dude. My pronouns are He/Him or They/Them.

I believe physical fitness, exercise and sports are the strongest medicine and they have helped heal my trauma and mental health experiences. I believe that every human being young and old is an inspiration to those who want solutions to any physical, mental, or emotional problems, you can get a lot by listening to what they say and sharing intimate feelings.

When I am not queerflexing, I am advocating for rights of LGBTIQ+ Refugees here in Edmonton, and working as an amenity attendant for the city of Edmonton pools and a slide patrol at the World Waterpark. You can also find me making art and writing music that has a powerful influence on my life, and hanging out with friends.

I also love to eat donuts, poutine, mac and cheese, ice cream and beer.  Poutine and mac and cheese are my favourite Canadian food! I also love dancing, swimming, and playing soccer.

I am super excited to be apart of an organization whose passion is to create a safe space for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. I am ready to learn and offer my skills to the QUEERFLEX community, and am so proud to be part of this thing which has brought us all together.

You can follow me on Instagram @cute_is_adebayo