UKRDA President, Slice Andice was invited to 10 Downing St on the 22nd June 2011 to attend a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister for the LGBT Community, and specifically as part of the Stamp out Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport Campaign.
Attended by a number of sports personalities, celebrities, gay rights campaigners, and charities; as well as MPs and representatives from other sporting organisations, the event was an opportunity for UKRDA to show it’s support of the Charter for Action and also to make contact with MPs and other organisations to get roller derby on the map and in the minds of those working in areas to which our sport faces obstacles.
On what she learnt from her attendance at the Reception, Slice said “The take home lesson from yesterday was that while the roller derby community is a very open and inclusive one, there is still a long way to go in many other sports disciplines to achieve the same levels of openness and acceptance. I am very proud to be a part of a sport with such a modern attitude and one so accepting of the broad spectrum of people who make up our community, both our participants and fans. I look forward to working with many of the organisations I made contact with last night and affecting change in the sporting community”.
BBC News coverage of the even can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13878271