Trans Awareness in Sports Week

Trans Awareness in Sports Week

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Trans Awareness in Sports Week ran on Derby Frontier from March 28 – April 6, 2014, with a new article or interview posted every day. A second event was planned for 2015, however, due to personal life circumstances, quitting roller derby, and my decision to stop blogging about the sport, the event was ultimately cancelled.

I started the event for a number of reasons. Firstly, being a gender non-binary trans person myself who struggles to find any semblance of acceptance or inclusion in most every environment, I wanted to explore and share my research into the subjects of gender identity and gender expression. Secondly, I wanted to discuss the good and bad of how trans inclusion is handled and treated by derby leagues, governing bodies and individuals. Furthermore, I hoped that these discussions would provide valuable suggestions for how organizations could improve their policies for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex (TGI) athletes. Finally, I wanted to create an outlet for binary and non-binary trans individuals involved in not only roller derby, but in other sports and communities, to share their stories and experiences as TGI athletes.

Overall, it was a resounding success that drew in thousands of readers from around the globe and ignited valuable discussion across social media platforms! I as very happy with how well received it was. The timeline for content on Derby Frontier during the 2014 Trans Awareness in Sports Week was:

Direct links to all of the posts will be provided here as they go live on the blog.

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18 comments

  1. Hey, this is Manic Breeze from the Kingston Derby Girls.

    Thanks for bringing so much attention and thought to this issue. This is hugely important and I’ve got mad respect for you all for doing such a great job.

    Last year I was part of a group of folks who wrote a gender policy for our league. In my opinion, WFTDA’s gender policy may be “a step forward”, but it is still transphobic to require trans women to jump through hoops that cis women do not have to do in order to play derby. I notice that most of your articles, links, etc. are pro-WFTDA’s gender policy, and I was wondering if you’d be interested in another opinion. Here is a link to the video we made to support our gender policy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC4VBGKPbCI

    Manic

    1. Thank you for bringing this up, Manic!

      While a lot of the articles shared are pro-WFTDA gender policy, I actually happen to agree with you that is still transphobic as well and I plan to discuss that in more detail on Monday, April 7 in a “Reflections on Trans* Awareness Week” post I’ll be making. If you would also like to weigh in on it I’d be happy to share opinions from the other side! Toss me a message at kevlar@derbyfrontier.com!

      Kevlar

  2. Hey, this is Manic Breeze from the Kingston Derby Girls.

    Thanks for bringing so much attention and thought to this issue. This is hugely important and I’ve got mad respect for you all for doing such a great job.

    Last year I was part of a group of folks who wrote a kickass gender policy for our league. In my opinion, WFTDA’s gender policy may be “a step forward”, but it is still transphobic to require trans women to jump through hoops that cis women do not have to do in order to play derby. I notice that most of your articles, links, etc. are pro-WFTDA’s gender policy, and I was wondering if you’d be interested in another opinion. Here is a link to the video we made to support our gender policy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC4VBGKPbCI

    Manic

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