Community Spotlight: Interview with Josie

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Meet Ms. Dr. Joseph L. Simonis, a badass queer athlete!



Based out of Chicago, Josie is a member of the Windy City Rollers, Chicago Red Hots USARS club, and Team Illinois roller derby teams.

“Josie grew up playing baseball, football, and wrestling, but recently got back into competitive sports via roller derby… Josie is also the founder of the Transgender, Gender-non-conforming, and Intersex Athlete Network, an organization aimed at building community and promoting an inclusive athletic environment.”

Additionally, Josie is a self proclaimed giant nerd who holds a PhD in Ecology and is a postdoctoral fellow at Lincoln Park Zoo.


Check out our little chat about gender identity, second puberty and sports!


[Headshot by Danforth Johnson]

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