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Friday, June 8, 2007

The Big Gay Bout

posted by on June 8 at 14:06 PM

You should know upfront that my girlfriend is a rollergirl, so my journalistic integrity will be shot to shit in this entry, but wait… I’m not a journalist, and I’m not getting paid. All right, fuck it.

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Miss Fortune, Ann R. Kissed, Juliet Bravo

I don’t know if you guys know this, but the Rat City Rollergirls are volunteers. They don’t get paid to play; in fact, they PAY for their own gear, uniforms, away-game lodging, etc. Because of the strain on the pocketbooks of these very passionate athletes, they have a lot of fundraisers to subsidize their activities. Seriously, like at least one every weekend. Go check one out! Those girls are crazy fun! I’m only going to talk about the Big Gay Bout in this post, but you can find out about more events at the website (www.ratcityrollergirls.com).

The planning of Seattle Pride has been a clusterfuck and the rollergirls fell victim to the havoc of it all. Instead of hosting a Big Gay Bout in KeyArena right after the parade as they initially planned to do, they have decided to do it a little differently:

Big Gay Bout, June 23—tickets on sale online through Ticketmaster but we’d rather you purchased them at any one of our in-person ticketing locations. ratcityrollergirls.com/events.html

The Rat City Rollergirls are back at the fabulous WaMu Theater at Qwest Events Center just in time for Seattle Pride. With the beautiful and illustrious Gay Bingo Hostess Glamazonia as our guest announcer, it will truly be an event for “family” of all kinds!

THE BIG GAY BOUT will feature the Derby Liberation Front vs. Grave Danger, and the Throttle Rockets vs. “The Mile High Club,” the Denver Roller Dolls’ All-Star team. Ten percent of the profits from THE BIG GAY BOUT will go to support Lambert House, a center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth and their allies that encourages empowerment through the development of leadership, social and life skills.

Roll with us this year for Pride!

Go show your hometown rollergirls some love while watching some hot girl-on-skate action!

Incidentally, there’s a SIFF film called Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Rollergirls, and it premieres next Thursday, I believe.

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1

You're dating a Rollergirl?! I'm so jealous!

Posted by Katelyn | June 8, 2007 2:18 PM
2

That Miss Fortune chick is so hot.

Posted by ljg | June 8, 2007 2:19 PM
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You're god damned right.

Posted by Carollani | June 8, 2007 2:40 PM
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Big Gay Bash!!!!

Posted by JB | June 8, 2007 3:05 PM
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I think it was her I saw doing a promotional guest appearance at the Stay Up Late Show at CHAC. The hostess asked everybody on the team their occupations and when she got to Miss Fortune and she answered "roboticist" you could hear a collective sigh as a roomful of nerds all simultaneously felt their hearts skip a beat. It was a magical moment.

Posted by flamingbanjo | June 8, 2007 3:10 PM
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I donít know if you guys know this, but the Rat City Rollergirls are volunteers. They donít get paid to play; in fact, they PAY for their own gear, uniforms, away-game lodging, etc.

It's an outrage! Everytime I go bowling, the jerk behind the counter tells me no, he will not sponsor me and yes I will have to pay for my shoe rental.


Because of the strain on the pocketbooks of these very passionate athletes, they have a lot of fundraisers to subsidize their activities.


Hot chicks on wheels is great and all but it's easily the most forced hipster pseudo sport of the last five years. Kickball is less ridiculous.

Posted by PdxRitchie | June 8, 2007 3:16 PM
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We need hipster dodgeball. I'd pay to see that shit.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 8, 2007 3:27 PM
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@6:

Can you really say it's "forced" when it sells out every month and has spread across the whole country as fast as, as... as fast as something spreadable spreading really quickly...?

I mean, fucking Sioux Falls South Dakota has a league...

Posted by John At Work | June 8, 2007 3:50 PM
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PdxRitchie: Have you been? It's really fun. And I saw a lot of other people enjoying themselves there, too. I told myself I would give it a try once, because it smacked of "new hipster fad" to my skeptical eyes too (sorry, Carollani.) But I got into it really fast. Plus, it has roots in the 1930's, so it's not this brand-new made up thing.

My kid likes it too, and technically she's not a hipster, because she's six.

I'm going again!

Posted by SJ | June 8, 2007 4:00 PM
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since my friend is the swinging Pam Opticon and her best guy Geoff Carter takes amazing photos of the RCRG's I'm assuming you took this picture (nice work)... two words... photo credit?

Posted by bijoubaby | June 8, 2007 4:54 PM
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PdxRitchie has no idea what he/she is talking about.

Go back into your cave dumbass.

Posted by seattle98104 | June 8, 2007 8:20 PM
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Easy there seattle90210, it's just roller derby we're talking about. No reason to get hostile.

Posted by PdxRitchie | June 9, 2007 1:25 PM
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MSN I NIIPET
MSN

Posted by Bill | June 12, 2007 3:20 PM

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