Men in roller derby
No, really. Men in roller derby. Genderqueer people in roller derby. Trans people in roller derby. Women in roller derby. IT’S ALL FINE.
What’s not fine are people who do not check their privilege at the door, take up space/leadership/sponsor money that maybe should go to people who haven’t and don’t enjoy the same levels of privilege, and/or who just act like thoughtless jerkwads. That last thing includes writers of certain recent derby posts that have been circulating (and deleted, but archived forever).
What makes modern roller derby REVOLUTIONARY is that, at its best, it is RADICALLY INCLUSIVE. Much credit for that goes to the women (cis and trans) who founded and run it, absolutely, but it takes the community as a whole to make it what it is and can be–which is to say, way better than traditional, status quo sports/communities. Inclusive. Diverse. Rough around the edges but big hearted.
Hold people accountable for shitty actions. Educate yourself on what your own shit might be and work to overcome it. Be welcoming. Work hard. Do better. Rise above.