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Skateboarding as a Liminal Space.

A blog reshare from Helena Bliss.

I have spent most of my life in the boundary between [____] between the places whose rigid definitions I've failed to fit.
It’s    lonely     growing up not knowing who or what you are.
           As you grow older you begin to unpick meanings and realise
that the threshold         is as much        a real place       as the ones either side of it.
I began to accrete labels 'dyke'''lesbian''''queer'''''trans''''''ace''''''' 
and started meeting those fellow travellers in the void between the things society tells you are true,
                                        and it became less empty,
but I’ve always existed between [____] The world refuses to make a  s p a c e  for me, so I made my own.


Skateboarding in its purest sense is one of these liminal  s p a c e s,
on a knife edge,
trying to figure out whether it’s a sport         or a calling.
To those of us already living on the threshold between places, it offers the seductive ability to belong by not belonging
and no matter how corporate and sanctioned it becomes
it will, at some level, always speak to those of us looking for a way translate the  s p a c e s  we exist in.


The simple act of seeing the potential for a spot
maybe doing any DIY that’s needed
creates the spot, carving out a  s p a c e  that is uniquely ours where before there was nothing.
This is why that,         no matter         how !toxic! the masculinity that permeates the corporate skate world is,

     \ I’m drawn to skateboarding, because it reflects what it’s like to live in the world as a queer, non-binary grrrl.

The  s p a c e  I have to be me, is the one I created in order to be me.


I doubt (?) there will ever be a  s p a c e  for me in the corporate behemoth that skateboarding has become,
I’m a non-man whose body is too queer for the men who built it and now run it,
                                                                                                    but I don’t care.
I’ve found my  s p a c e  and you’ll never take it away from me.

*walks off humming the Firefly theme music*

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