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North Star Roller Girls changes its name to be more inclusive

They want the roller derby league to represent "all those that help us empower our community and promote athleticism."
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The North Star Roller Girls league has dropped "girls" from its name in an effort to be more inclusive.

Instead, it'll be called the North Star Roller Derby, with a post on the league's new Facebook page saying: "Girls as a label is not always comfortable for all our members, so we've decided to make the switch."

"We feel roller derby represents all those that help us empower our community and promote athleticism whether skater, official, staff or fan," the post continues.

"Removing gendered or infantilizing names from roller derby leagues has become a growing trend in the last few years," Allison Furrer Schaumburg of the North Star Roller Derby told GoMN.

She says changing the league name is just the first step in building a culture where everyone feels welcomed, adding: "We also plan to bring in an outside trainer to help us increase the welcoming nature of our league for all skaters, officials, staff and volunteers, and create a diversity and inclusion committee to hold us accountable to these goals."

The North Star Roller Derby is a roller derby league based in Minneapolis, with the league's website saying its skaters play a version of roller derby that's been featured in a lot of 1980s TV shows. But they play on a different kind of track – it's flat, not banked.

The league is part of the national Women's Flat Track Derby Association. For more information on how the sport is played, click here.

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