Women’s Trans* Femme (WTF) Workshop, Mondays 3-7pm
This workshop is run similarly to the BICAS open shop but with a supportive all-WTF atmosphere.
Women Trans* Femme (WTF) hours are open to anyone who identifies as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feels that their socialization or treatment as a woman, transperson*, femme has impeded their participation in bicycle mechanics.
Bring your own bike project (or see what we have!) and use our Community Tools ($6-12/hr) as an informal classroom with WTF-identified mechanics on hand to guide you and answer your questions.
WTF NEWS & EVENTS:
Check out the article on our BICAS Women Trans* Femme workshop in the current Misadventures Magazine. Thanks for the recognition, Misadventures!
- Shifting Gears: How one bicycle collective in Tucson is changing the mechanics of empowerment.
Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly (cis)male-dominated area. It is our goal to help teach individuals who have been marginalized or intimidated in this setting to be knowledgeable and confident working on their bikes. Our BICAS WTF Workshop was developed in response to an expressed community need for such a program, drawing inspiration from similar programs nationally and internationally.
On a daily basis BICAS strives to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all, while also recognizing the benefits of offering women, trans* & femme-specific hours as a stepping stone to achieving greater confidence working in our space throughout the week.
Women: A person who identifies as a woman.
Trans: Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender creative, anyone whose gender identity is fluid, transgressive, and/or transitioning.
Femme: A gender identity in which a person of any gender embodies a feminine appearance, expression, or identity.
If you are not WTF identified, BECOME AN ALLY:
- Respect the space: Come during our regular hours, don’t ask for an exception, and don’t hang around the entrance during WTF hours.
- Respect People: During BICAS’ regular hours, treat all female & trans* mechanics as you would any other person (don’t assume they’re less knowledgeable, don’t call them “sweety,” and NEVER take a wrench out of their hand!)
- Get Educated: Learn about the issues facing women and trans* communities.
- Educate others: About why and how to be an ally!
Questions or comments? Want to host an event or worksahop? Contact us: WTF@bicas.org Please like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/bicaswtf
“I love being outside and riding my bike helps me [get] exercise and [enjoy] the great outdoors! I love learning how to pull apart and fix bikes with the great expertise of the [WTF staff] of BICAS!” -Vannessa Cooper-Soto