Transgender women are welcome at the Border City Brawlers Roller Derby Club in Windsor, Ont.
The club wants to ensure it is being all-inclusive. That's why it worked closely with Windsor Pride to ensure the club's gender policy is as inclusive as it can be. The policy is in its final stages of development.
'Our goal is to make the league as inclusive as possible.'— Kate Hargreaves, Border City Brawlers
"We want to make sure our policy reflects what our league believes; that's being as inclusive as possible," Border City Brawlers spokesperson Kate Hargreaves said. "All women, including trans women, are welcome to sign up for our league."
The club, which boasts 40 players on two teams, never had an official gender policy before.
Hargreaves said to her knowledge, no transgender women have ever inquired about playing with the Brawlers, but the club is recruiting new players.
"We want to make sure that all women, including transgender women are welcome to sign up for our league," Hargreaves said.
The Brawlers' new policy comes just days after Miss Universe Canada ousted transgender constestant Jenna Talackova, who was born male.
Martha Daniels is the president of the board of directors at Windsor Pride. She said recognizing this issue is important.
"It's important that sport is available to all individuals of Windsor and Essex County," Daniels said. "There tends to be a lot of questions like, 'Where does somebody belong?' The truth is that gender is a spectrum, and drawing those lines can be very difficult. And that's why there needs to be policies and understandings about who can and who can't [join]. The problem is when a policy excludes."
The Border City Brawlers season opens Saturday at the Windsor Arena.
The match will be one of the final sporting events at the historic building known affectionately as "The Barn."