Roller Derby Lags on Trans, Nonbinary Inclusiveness

Roller Derby Lags on Trans, Nonbinary Inclusiveness

Ox Fotheringham The first-ever gender policy for the organization that helps roller derby grow worldwide came out in 2011. It was clinical, and harsh. If you were not assigned female at birth, the policy said, a healthcare provider had to verify that your “sex...
Roller derby carves spaces for inclusive strength

Roller derby carves spaces for inclusive strength

Why did women and gender-fluid people start up to 2,000 roller derby leagues worldwide? We needed it.  I’m writing today about roller derby as a cultural phenomenon, a feminist and “inclusive” place to find like-minded people, showcase our strength, and be...
QUEERIES by Varla: How to reach my queer crush

QUEERIES by Varla: How to reach my queer crush

Help me Varla! I have a crush and I don’t know if she is queer or non-monogamous.  Apprehensively,  Hot to trot Dear Hot to Trot,  Sounds like you have been consumed by desire. The basis of any great relationship, or even hook-up, is friendship and...
Slam poetry in Iowa born 19 years ago

Slam poetry in Iowa born 19 years ago

Caleb Rainey In the documentary, “Louder Than a Bomb,” a poet takes the stage and says “poets, breathe now.” Though I wasn’t a poet yet when I saw the film, I held my breath and then released it with him. In that electrifying and powerful moment, I breathed life into...
LGBTQ health care leader offers spiritual salve, too

LGBTQ health care leader offers spiritual salve, too

Dr. Katie Imborek EDITOR’S NOTE: Most people know of Dr. Katie Imborek through her work helping to found the University of Iowa’s LGBTQ Clinic. Imborek is also an active member of Sanctuary Community Church, a non-denominational Coralville church leading the way in...