Copenhagen Roller Derby is inclusive to a spectrum of gender identities, according to the WFTDA Gender Statement.
In our league we therefore use gender neutral language in gameplay and refer to ourselves as "skaters".
Our travel teams have been blessed with skaters identifying as trans and/or gender queer as well as non-binary.
"Copenhagen Roller Derby celebrates and wants to foster both the empowering of women and girls as well as empowering our trans and genderqueer skaters."
We therefore ask that you respect our different pronouns and refer to us as "skaters", when talking about us as a group.
For games we will add a file with a list of the skater's preferred pronouns.
A pronoun is the word you use when you talk about a person in third person.
For example 'she', 'he' or the gender neutral 'they'.
Please give this information to your team, announcers, and officials.
If you are in contact with any kind of media, we would prefer not to be reffered to as "girls" or "women", but as "skaters" or "women, trans and genderqueers".
We know this is hard to control, but would be very glad for your awareness on this.
We know that this might be new to some people andhave made it easier with a quote from the WFTDA gender statement and a link to all the lovely knowledge on gender:
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants, and aims to ensure that all skaters’, volunteers’, and employees’ rights are respected and protected.
“Transgender” refers to an individual whose gender identity does not match their assigned birth gender (Reference).
“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male (Reference).
Trans women and intersex women are individuals who self-identify as women.
“Gender-expansive” is an umbrella term used for individuals that broaden commonly held definitions of gender, including its expression, associated identities, and/or other perceived gender norms, in one or more aspects of their life. […] Some individuals do not identify with being either male or female; others identify as a blend of both, while still others identify with a gender, but express their gender in ways that differ from stereotypical presentations. (Reference).
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.
All the best,
Copenhagen Roller Derby