Mutual aid can take many forms, it’s just about people coming together to meet each other’s needs. To a large extent, just creating space for marginalized people to come skate together is a form of mutual aid, but PANSY also carries out this mission in the form of donation drives, skate lessons and forming safe discussion spaces.
I always encourage people to skate within their comfort zone but I try to find one thing within their skill level that they can learn during that meetup. Getting to see the stoke on someone’s face when they roll down a bank for the first time or get a nose stall on a curb is THE BEST!
Arays Domech had her crew name all picked out and knew there was a need for an organization in South Florida to give girls and LGBTQIA+ folks a safe place to skate. Still, it wasn’t until a broken wrist kept her off her board that she had the free time to put the pieces together and Skate Nymphs was born.
Popular Ladies Night skate gatherings have established the Crete Creeper’s presence in Reno and South Lake Tahoe since 2018. And when a founding member moved 2,000 miles away to Jamestown, NY last year the momentum didn’t die out- it just got… creepier.