The guest confirmations keep rolling in! I’m now excited to announce that Joe Kaiser, aka Rude Gus, is officially the 3rd confirmed blog guest for the 2015 Trans* Awareness in Sports Week.
Kaiser has extensive experience as a skater and official in both WFTDA and USARS roller derby. This includes having been a skating official for the Windy City Rollers for their 2012-2013 season and serving as an announcer for the past year before beginning to skate under the name of June Gloom as of earlier this season.
Under USARS play, Kaiser is known as Rude Gus and has been Head Referee of the Chicago Red Hots since 2013. Quick to impress, Kaiser is now a certified official and skate officiated for both the 2013 USARS Region 3 Qualifiers and 2013 USARS Nationals competition, both of which were hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma..
If that weren’t already impressive enough, Kaiser has also been skating with the Chicago Bruise Brothers since 2011. Other roles with the MRDA member league include serving as Team Captain for the 2012-2013 season and taking on the role of League President last year. Earlier this year, Rude Gus got some invaluable tournament experience as a skater at Brewhaha 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kaiser’s involvement with the sport extends well off of the flat track too having been a founding member of the Trans, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex Athlete Network (TGIAN) and authoring the MRDA Non- Discrimination Policy earlier this year. Kaiser has also co-authored the So You Want to Write a Gender Policy article on Derby Life with Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis this past April.
If you’d like to learn more, Kaiser has a personal blog that I urge you all to check out at nonconsectutive.net. There are a few incredibly interesting posts on there regarding gender and gender pronouns that are well worth the read! Don’t forget to also check out the Trans* Awareness Week page to see other confirmed guests for 2015 as well as to read all the content from 2014’s inaugural event.