21; vegan 8 years; hometown Portland, OR
“I play roller derby full-time for the Rose City Rollers down in Southeast Portland. I work part-time and crosstrain for roller derby, to be a better skater. I started when I was 14 years old. I just hit my six year Derby-versary.
“The community there is so amazing and diverse. As a younger person it helped me with my queer identity, that I was able to see all these people, either my leaguemates around the same age as me or the adult league people. They just had these beautiful queer lives, and it was OK to like women, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is OK, I can do this.’ It really helped me be more outgoing and excited. I had a passion! Roller derby's a full contact sport. I identified as pansexual at the time. It was eighth grade, but I was dating cis men (not men, they were boys—I was 14) and eventually I met people in my league that identified as women and I was like, 'Oh, I like you and we like each other.' Was I out? No, not when I started roller derby.”