derby star


I have four projects coming up, all gay roles. People ask if I’m concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks, ‘Ellen, you’ve done seven straight roles in a row, shouldn’t you shake it up, do something queer?’ There’s still that double standard. I look at all the things I’ve done in movies, I’ve drugged a guy, tortured someone, become a roller-derby star overnight. But now I’m gay, I can’t play a straight person? OK, cool.

Hey STAR WARS fans! Did you see the Frogmouth taxonomy of Star Wars derby names?

“Earlier this year, when we created a taxonomy of several thousand skate names—which represents only about two percent of all the skate names in the world—around one in ten had a science fiction theme, and more than half of those were inspired by Star Wars. “ 

Do you have a Star Wars derby name not featured on this list?

Derby Widows of WWE: The Best and Worst

Playing roller derby isn’t just a hobby - it’s a lifestyle. Spending four to eight hours a week practicing, cross-training, fundraising, committee work, traveling to tournaments, all on top of a day job and some form of a life takes a lot of time and energy, and attracts women with strength, independence, and determination.

Boston Massacre vs. Montreal New Skids on the Block, 2016. (Joe Mac)

Garden State Brick City Bruisers vs. Jerzey Derby Brigade B-Team, 2015. (Keith Stanley)

Philly Liberty Belles vs. Victorian Roller Derby All Stars, 2016 WFTDA Championships. @rdjunkies

Bonnie Thunders of Gotham Girls Roller Derby jumps over a fallen VRDL opponent. (Preflash Gordon)

If you need a good intro, here’s a short documentary by To Infinity & Yvonne (TInY) from Denver Roller Dolls (featuring my friend Murderface!!!):

And here’s an up to date explanation from WFTDA:

I got it into my head to write a meet-cute fic in which the original female character is a derby skater, but it turned into a bigger thought process because it takes a special kind of person to love and date a skater, and I couldn’t think of who the ideal partner for this OFC would be. 

So I’ve thought out the three best and worst, in no particular order:

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