The St. Paul-based roller derby league formerly known as the Minnesota RollerGirls is changing up its look and name. Say goodbye to “Girls.”
"Not all the skaters that skate under this flag see themselves in it, and that's not okay,” an official release states.
Moving forward, the organization will be known as the Minnesota Roller Derby. Inclusivity was a major motivator for the revamp.
“Minnesota Roller Derby is committed to empowering non-binary people, gender expansive people, and women to thrive and build a community around camaraderie and social responsibility,” the official announcement states.
The change comes about a month before the league’s first game on Saturday, October 5, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
While Minnesota Roller Derby is certainly one of the more popular leagues in town, it’s not the only group. Minneapolis’ North Star Roller Derby (formerly North Star RollerGirls) and Twin Cities Roller Derby (formely Minnesota Men’s RollerDerby) have both renamed themselves for the similar reasons, and also draw crowds regularly.
Check out the newly designed MNRD's website at mnrollerderby.com.