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ChunkyDunks are an annual summer series of fat liberation and body positive group swims. Starting in Portland, Oregon in 2005, the dunks have a long and joyful history*.

Organizers rent public pools and offer up a focused and intentional space where all bodies are respected. We know it can be daunting to put on a suit and swim in public. We’re not going to let anything stop us, or you, from enjoying a refreshing summer cool-down! Chunky Dunks are a safer, fun environment to enjoy HOT SUN, COOL WATER, & NO SHAME.

At present, Chunky Dunks are happening in our home city of Portland, Oregon and in many other cities!

To learn more about the Portland, OR Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the Puget Sound, WA Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the Chicago, IL Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the Boise, ID Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the SF South Bay, CA Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the Sacramento, CA Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the Tampa, FL Chunky Dunks, please click here.
To learn more about the Melbourne, Australia Chunky Dunks, please click here.

History:

The Chunky Dunk was founded by Stacy Bias, Stef-Anie Wells and Krissy Durden in 2005 as a way to provide a safe and empowering space for everyBODY to enjoy summertime swimming. In 2009, the organising of the Portland Chunky Dunk was passed to the lovely and capable Ashley Moyer, who built bridges with Portland’s Gender (Free) For All Transgender and Ally group and began the tradition of a once-yearly trans/NB-focused Chunky Dunk event.  Since then, the Portland dunks have been passed through a series of capable hands (current bios available here) and are still going strong!

*But did you know that fat folks have been swimming together like this since the 1960s? The first formal fat swim was at a NAAFA convention in 1969! Also check out this article about the Padded Lillies, a fat synchronised swimming team!

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