The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association (UKRDA) have this week announced the appointment of their new Transgender Liaison and the ratification of their Transgender Policy.
The policy creates a uniform standard of treatment of transgender skaters, and ensures the protection and safety of transgender skaters throughout the UK. This includes safeguarding the confidentiality of trans* skaters.
Mistress Malicious, chairwoman of the UKRDA, welcomed the announcement.
She said: “This policy makes the UKRDA one of the most forward-thinking and inclusive sports organisations in the country.
“Skaters in our member leagues come from all walks of life and with this policy, we ensure that transgender skaters feel safe, supported and welcome within the UK roller derby community.”
To oversee the integration of the Transgender Policy, the UKRDA has appointed Glasgow Roller Derby skater Jodie Stanley as the organisation’s Transgender Liaison. Jodie is a policy manager within a national LGBT organisation.
Jodie will be co-performing this role with fellow GRD skater Freya Gosnold.
Jodie said: “I’m excited that UK roller derby is creating a breakthrough arena for transgender representation in our sport. Transgender people statistically engage far less in sport, partly due to structural discrimination – and I am delighted that roller derby is the sport which is breaking the barriers of gender, making it all about the sport and not about anatomy.”
Freya added: “Roller Derby has the potential to really pave the way for trans* representation in sport, at all levels of competition, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my experience as a trans* person and activist to support our sport and our community on this journey.”
The Rainy City Roller Girls welcomes this new policy and the new role of Transgender Liason within the UKRDA to ensure that transgender skaters feel safe and supported within our sport.