BY KELLY DOLEJSI
Friends of Los Alamos Pride
The Los Alamos Derby Dames (LADD) invite the community to their Rocky Horror Showdown scrimmage on Saturday, June 18, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. First whistle will be at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but monetary donations will be collected for Self Help’s Techo Fund, which helps LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in Northern New Mexico secure safe housing.
During the intermission, check out a family-friendly half-time show from the Atomic Follies. The Follies, founded by local thespian, writer, and instructor David Daniel, have recently performed two sold-out cabaret shows at Muy Salsas.
This scrimmage is a special one celebrating Pride Month, but the Dames honor the spirit of Pride Month year-round, said Marissa Poppell, known on the derby track as Rissa Rampage.
“The Los Alamos Derby Dames are not just a group of athletes,” Poppell said. “They are mothers, daughters, neighbors, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs, gay, straight. They are many things all at once but most importantly, they are proud of who they are.”
She said the Dames promote a safe place for not only their own league members, but to anyone wishing to be involved — volunteers, spectators, skating officials, and visiting skaters.
“LADD encourages everyone to be themselves and live a life that is authentic,” Poppell said. “LADD loves you and we want you to love yourself too! LADD wants to celebrate our diverse and inclusive community. This is who we are and we are proud of it!”
Poppell added that Pride Month is a time for remembering the struggle that so many have gone through in order to achieve equality and in order to be seen for the person they are inside.
“It is a continuous fight and the road ahead is not paved for smooth skating,” she said. “While many of us are in safe places now, not everyone has been as fortunate. There is still fear of persecution and discrimination, sometimes by those closest. Pride is an incredible statement for those that don’t feel safe. It shows that they are not alone. We are here for you. LADD will continue to be a strong support system and is proud to be an LGBTQIA+ family member.”
Trackside and bleacher seating is limited. The Dames recommend bringing your own chair for the best experience. LADD merch will be available for purchase. For more information, visit http://laderbydames.com.