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Skate Like a Girl Q&A
What's up with your "Women & Trans" programming?
Who's allowed to come? As an organization, Skate Like a Girl is committed to being a welcoming and safer space for all, and invites girls (cisgender or trans), trans, and gender non-conforming people to join us for Women & Trans* programs, and other programs not listed as "all gender". Cisgender (non-trans) males can participate during other programs not specifically designated for women and trans skaters.
Why do you call your skate clinics/camps “Women and Trans”?
At Skate Like a Girl we are committed to centering identities who have long been excluded or unwelcome in skateboarding spaces. One way we do this is through our Women & Trans programs. We picked this title through a thoughtful months-long effort where staff, volunteers, and program participants from all 3 chapter cities provided input and contributed to multiple discussions. Our community decided this would be the best title to intentionally call in women and trans people, acknowledging that:
Specific use of the word “Trans” in our title has allowed for conversations and actions with our community partners around trans inclusion in skate spaces that have historically been dominated by cisgender people. The title is intended to bring together ‘women’ and ‘trans’ people and acknowledge that this is a space for people within either or both of those communities. Some skaters may also identify with both terms, “women” and “trans”.
This program is open to anyone who identifies as non-cisgender male (women, non binary, gender non-conforming, trans, etc) we intentionally chose to not center men in the title of our program (example: “Anybody But a Cis Dude” Skate Camp). Some people may still be confused by our title of “Women & Trans Sessions”, we are committed to adding additional information that makes our entire non-cis male community feel welcome, such as on captions or in any direct dialogue we have.
If you are interested in further dialogue or want to share your thoughts, please feel free to email us to connect further at email@example.com