We chatted with her about teaching herself to skate, getting sponsored, how the scene has changed, and how the community can better support trans skaters.
Here are some of her insights:
Spotlight trans skaters
Last year, I asked a lot of brands, ‘What are you doing for Trans Week of Visibility and Trans Day of Remembrance?' None of them had an answer. So I created a list of trans skaters on all types of wheels, and it ended up being used by a few different brands. It was a bit sad, and also time consuming, to have to try and push that. It is getting better, slowly, but I do find that trans skaters tend to be at the periphery until a token is needed.
Question the algorithm
In the past year I've had to stop using trans hashtags because I don't get the same reach for my content if I do. Instagram actively makes sure I'm not visible. The community is so Instagram and Tik Tok-based now, and that skews our perception of who a roller skater is. [If I search for roller skaters on these platforms] I’m going to find some tiny, white, cis-gender, very normative-looking girl. It’s a problem not just of representation but also trying to find trans people within the community. I don't think this can be changed until we're beyond those platforms. How it's done, I don't know, because it has to be organic. It can’t be forced.
Avoid gendered skate competitions in favour of community events
I love skate events, but I never want to see roller skating go the way of Street League skateboarding competitions or the X Games. I’d rather be at an event that is more catered to fostering community.