IN THE TURN follows Crystal, a 10-year-old transgender girl growing up in rural Canada, as she navigates the difficult and complicated world that surrounds her. Tormented at school by teachers and peers alike, she faces daily assaults in the form of insults and physical altercations. The pain she endures at school takes a toll on not only her self-esteem, but also on the emotional stability of her family.
In the Turn documents Crystal’s journey as she and her family struggle against the challenges of prejudice, hatred and ignorance. After being denied the right to join local athletics teams due to her gender, Crystal and her mom serendipitously discover the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities. The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey. Crystal emerges from exclusion into empowerment: she steps out of the shadows and onto the track.
In the Turn weaves Crystal's story into the broader narrative of the evolution of roller derby from a niche sport into a social movement with strong roots in the LGBTQ community. Crystal’s story finds its place among the journeys of other queer skaters whose stories are filmed across the United States - from LA and San Francisco to Austin, Brooklyn and Minneapolis. Crystal adds her profile to the mosaic of other transgender, lesbian, and queer roller derby skaters who have found acceptance and empowerment in the Vagine Regime.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.intheturn.com/
CAMP CAMP is open to any South Australian young person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer. Whilst the concept of the camp is mostly one of fun and belonging, young people will have the opportunity to learn from mentors about LGBTIQ culture, coping with challenges in life, to cultivate well-being, self-worth, develop new skills to be confident and resilient leaders in their communities.
Why do queer kids need their own camp? Well things can be pretty tough when you are LGBTIQ and still in school. Bullying, stigma, discrimination and rejection are all very real things that can be experienced on a daily basis. Studies tell us that for young queer people:
* 96% have experienced homophobia or transphobia in school
* 43% who have experienced discriminative abuse have attempted self-harm
* 16 is the mean age of first suicide attempt
* around 50% of transgender people will attempt to take their own life
* even in sport 98% of people have either experienced or witnessed homophobia
Camp Camp, a collaborative project by the Mental Illness Fellowship, Southern and Feast Queer Youth Drop-Ins and Bfriend, will be held at Glenhaven Park during the second week of the April 2017 School Holidays, Monday 24th April– Friday 28th. More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/queeryouthcamp/
ADELAIDE ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE aims to develop a group of women who are committed and passionate about the sport of flat track roller derby. We are a non-profit Association, run by the skaters and for the skaters and dedicated to promoting sport over spectacle. Safety, athleticism and teamwork are highly regarded values for Adelaide Roller Derby as we structure an empowering and enduring experience for the women of Adelaide.
We are super excited to be involved in the Adelaide screening of In the Turn, and to be supporting Adelaide's first ever Camp Camp! Our 2017 season dates have just been released - to check them out and for more info, head to: https://www.facebook.com/adelaiderollerderby/ or http://adelaiderollerderby.com.au/