We are absolutely excited and delighted to bring you the first of our UKROC2016 Guest Speakers!
And we aren’t starting small, in fact we have a pretty big announcement for you! Get ready… speaking at not one but two sessions on Sunday morning, is the amazing Feminist Killjoy! A skating official and coach, and queer sports activist, Killjoy is engaged with challenging homophobia and transphobia in sport, and is also the Transgender Liaison for the UKRDA, and a member of the LEAP Sports Scotland Youth in Sport Task Force.
Feminist Killjoy will be leading their first session bright and early on Sunday morning, with a session titled TGI 101: Gender Diversity in Roller Derby.
This session will be a basic introduction to the topic of gender diversity in sport and will cover terminology and definitions, the issues facing TGI people, as well as historical context for TGI representation in sport.
After this session, they’ll be leading a Gender Diversity Q&A/Discussion. This discussion‐style session will be an opportunity to explore the practical side of applying inclusive approaches to recruitment, coaching and competing. We asked Feminist Killjoy what they expect from this session, and it sounds pretty exciting:
It is an opportunity to discuss best practice for widening access to participation in Roller Derby for TGI people, conflict resolution and supporting skaters who may be facing discriminatory treatment, developing relationships with local LGBT+ organisations, and how to tap into the wealth of knowledge on this subject that already exists in our community.
These sessions are likely to be very busy, as transgender, gender non‐conforming, and intersex people are a rapidly growing demographic in the sport of Roller Derby, and with the WFTDA’s recent commitment to gender inclusivity in our sport at the highest level, it is vital that we embody this commitment within our own leagues. Feminist Killjoy will be giving us the lowdown on how best to do this within your league.
Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements coming soon – and remember, tickets are still available – get yours here.