Inside Azkaban #0
In this next blog post, we would like to concentrate on the IQA’s goal to be inclusive to the LGBTQ* community, including a more detailed look at gender identity and gender expression. The IQA seeks to be a community that respects players of all backgrounds, and particularly hopes to be a safe space for our fellow athletes and other participants who are trans* and/or do not self-identify within the gender binary.
While the IQA understands that the current “two minimum rule” is far from perfect, we feel that it is a step in the right direction towards recognizing the diversity of our community as well as avoiding cissexism. We also feel that education on this issue is vital as it is often an issue in which people are uneducated. The following are some terms as well as gender identities for those who do not recognize within the gender binary, as well as some helpful tips to be an ally and help make the quidditch community, both online and in person, a safe space for trans* individuals.
Also note that we’ve used the acronym LGBT* or LGBTQ*, but there are many other ways this acronym can be presented, such as LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual). Generally saying “LGBT*” is a good option because the asterisk sort of acts as an umbrella for everything within the spectrum. You’ll also see “trans*” with the asterisk because it also acts as an umbrella for all trans* identities without being cumbersome. It’s sort of like you’re referring to a footnote and that footnote can be any identity on the gender identity spectrum.
Disclaimer/full-disclosure: this post was written by a cis-female, so if you have any corrections/clarifications/comments to make, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those are some fine handmade brooms.
This quidditch club in Africa has started with the intrepid work of a youth club director, John Ssentamu. He’s been watching tons of quidditch videos on youtube and asking us a lot of questions by email about how to play the game and get a club started. Our international director Karen has been in touch with him, and apparently he is naming their club the Karen Quidditch Club, which is the most touching thing I’ve ever heard in the history of quidditch.
The team can be seen here holding their brooms, which they made by hand with local materials, and also working hard to clear the quidditch field and make the grass even.
Here is an excerpt of what John wrote to us by email:
“ We are very excited about the new sport development that has started to be shared by the youth and school children…. I mainly write to express our interest to request for the permission to start Quidditch sport here in Uganda and am sure that it will start the chapter of spreading to other parts to the country and then to African countries. The passion and style moves people greatly and once this game is introduced in Uganda, we shall have created an avenue for some sports lovers who are not part of other common sports. Personally I am ready to volunteer my time to mobilize potential youth to be part of this sport in Uganda…. I have met several youth with this idea and they are very positive about the new sport and they feel the need to start practicing as soon as possible.”
Harry and the Potters are in town for the Denver Comic Con. Their show at the Hard Rock Cafe has sold out… but because they are wizards, not capitalists, they are playing a killer acoustic set for FREE. It will happen at the Commons Park on the stairway to nowhere! (1505 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202 ) Come hang out with the rest of the magical folk who will be there to party! They start at 6:30, we will start at 4.
The Denver Dementors Quidditch team has decided to move their practice from City Park to make this event even better! If you are interested in joining their practice meet up @ 4:00. All are welcome and brooms will be provided!
1. Meet @ 4 - At the stairway to nowhere!
2. Wear your witch and wizard robes!
3. Party Hard!
Denver is home to many great athletes, including players on the Denver Dementors Quidditch team. The Dementors hold open practices Sunday afternoons in City Park, organize runs on brooms, recruit for
The fleshing out of Dementor back stories begins with this harrowing piece outlining the entrance of a certain werewolf’s life into quidditch.
Denver Dementors win over Crimson Fliers, Quidpocalypse 2012 (by Tovio Gandahar)
This art show features two of the Denver Dementors!
December 8th, 2012 6pm @ Hooked on Colfax
Artwork of Courtney Burrows and Tovio Roberts
Courtney Burrows explores the relationship between reality and nostalgia drawing from nature, tarot, and stories of children overcoming adversity. http://rabbitspeak.tumblr.com/
Tovio is showing pieces in the series “Palaces — Intricate Impressions of Decadent Domiciles” http://tovio.tumblr.com/
You are welcome to visit our prison and partake in such activities that befit a player of the dark art of Quidditch.
—Dementor No. 12
This is for ginny-wrocks specifically because she asked for it. It includes teams that have specific pages, people who post frequently about their team, people who post quidditch related things and I don’t know what team their on if any, and all about quidditch blogs.
Alrighty! This is about 1,000 words of my view on safe and effective tackling. This is by no means the official view of the IQA and it may not align with what you believe is best.
Tackling is the one of the most awe-inspiring and concussion-inducing aspects of quidditch. It’s every captain or coach’s job to whittle it down to just awe-inspiring.
You go Bear Train. Four for you.