We received a phenomenal response to our post yesterday about inclusion in roller derby - is the roller derby community just the best or what?
As a happy coincidence, we are delighted with the announcement from the World Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) made yesterday that they have updated their policy regarding gender participation:
The WFTDA recognizes that identifying as transgender, intersex, and/or gender expansive is not in any way related to an individual’s eligibility for participating as a volunteer or employee. An individual who identifies as a trans woman, intersex woman, and/or gender expansive may skate with a WFTDA charter team if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.
The WFTDA will actively work to promote a climate that is welcoming and inclusive of transgender, intersex, and gender expansive participants. Any conduct which fosters a hostile environment for any participant on the basis of gender identity will not be tolerated. In addition, the WFTDA will continue to increase its knowledge of trans, intersex, and gender expansive issues through ongoing education for volunteers and staff. The gender identity of any and all WFTDA participants is considered confidential and private.
The full announcement can be found here.
This change is vitally important to transgender, intersex and gender expansive skaters, moving away from the hormones-level based policing of transgender bodies and towards the acceptance of transgender athletes as equally valid, equally valued, and equally respected members of the roller derby community.
Keep it up, WFTDA.