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Offline Stray Taco

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Wearing #57
« on: April 21, 2015, 11:51:27 am »
In case you haven't heard about it: http://www.derbycentral.net/2015/04/doing-it-for-57/

Many in the derby world are wearing turquoise and/or the number 57 in honor of Casper, a young trans skater in Michigan who took his life this past weekend.  My home league is actually wearing some form of turquoise on their uniforms this weekend.

The thing is, my home league is red, and the league they're playing is blue, and I'll be covering the game. I want to support this cause with a simple turquoise bandanna around my arm or if that doesn't work under my helmet. Given the situation and publicity around this, I'm sure most people will understand, but I don't want to give any impression of favoritism to the blue team.

I'm color ignorant. Is turquoise different enough from blue to not make a difference?  I'm just looking for thoughts about the whole thing. (Not necessarily the incident itself, but refs wearing turquoise in support.)
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Re: Wearing #57
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2015, 01:55:50 pm »
The consensus has been that as long as everyone on the track knows why you're wearing the color and/or number, then don't worry about it.

Also, make sure production lets the announcers know they should mention something during the game. It's an awareness campaign, so just wearing the color and/or number isn't going to help unless people find out why you're wearing it.
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Re: Wearing #57
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2015, 03:13:21 pm »
Also, make sure production lets the announcers know they should mention something during the game.

Yes, this.  So much this.  I'd say a minimum of once per period would be good.  And they don't need to specifically mention any of the officials by name, but a general "You'll see a lot of people at the game tonight wearing something that's turquoise or a small number 57, even if it's not a part of their regular game clothes.  This is to promote suicide prevention awareness as we remember #57 Casper, a young skater from Michigan who recently committed suicide."
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Re: Wearing #57
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2015, 05:29:10 pm »
And an opinion from the grumpier side...

Your show of support on this important topic do not have to be made visually using color during the actual game.

The use of safety pins is right out.

I worked a multi-game event this past weekend. Hashtags written on your limbs won't have the same opportunity for confusion as wearing fabric of the same sort that Skaters will be -- imagine a still photo of you calling a penalty on a red Skater (whose teal ribbon cannot be seen), while you and the aggrieved blue Skater are both wearing a similar bandanna.

Appearances do matter. Too many people won't initially consider an alternative explanation for someone who is officiating -- and even if they do, it already may be too late. There are very few actual take-backsies in social media.
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Re: Wearing #57
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2015, 05:41:25 pm »
All very good points and info. I didn't think about just putting #57 on my arm. Think I'll just do that.

Thanks for the insights!
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Re: Wearing #57
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2015, 09:26:42 pm »
All very good points and info. I didn't think about just putting #57 on my arm. Think I'll just do that.

Thanks for the insights!

I saw several skaters write #doitfor57 vertically on their lower leg this past weekend.  It was a great way to show support and in no way cause any confusion about their number. 

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Re: Wearing #57
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 09:29:47 pm »
All very good points and info. I didn't think about just putting #57 on my arm. Think I'll just do that.

Thanks for the insights!

I saw several skaters write #doitfor57 vertically on their lower leg this past weekend.  It was a great way to show support and in no way cause any confusion about their number.

That. Is awesome. And what I will do. Thanks!
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