Women Trans* Femme (WTF) Workshop
This “workshop” is run similarly to our BICAS open shop but in a supportive all-WTF/only-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*, &/or 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.
- Group rides! Craft nights! Movies! Join us for a special WTF event every first Monday! (see our FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/bicaswtf/ )
- BICAS WTF was on KXCI’s Tucson’s Pedaling the Pueblo! Click here to give it a listen!
- Check out this article about our BICAS Women Trans* Femme workshop in the 1st issue of Misadventures Magazine. “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* People: Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender creative, anyone whose gender identity is fluid, transgressive, and/or transitioning.
Femme: A person of any gender who embodies a “feminine” appearance, expression, or identity, including those who identify as femmes, fairies, sissies, mariposas, mariquitas, or any expression which counters or challenges “traditional” masculinity.
If you are not WTF identified, BECOME AN ALLY:
- Respect the space: Give us our day without an argument. It’s just one day.
- Respect People: During any given day at BICAS, treat all female & trans* mechanics with respect, including respecting their instructions, knowledge, and pronouns.
- Get Educated: Learn about the issues facing women and trans* communities.
- Educate others: Tell others why spaces like WTF are important in our communities. Also, interrupt others when they are making messed up jokes or violent remarks about women, trans folks, and femmes.
- Ask for exceptions or ask to come in during WTF for “just one little thing.”
- Say they can be a “woman for a day” if we will let them come in.
- Hang around the entrance during WTF hours.
- Call women in the shop “sweetie,” “hon,” “baby,” etc.
- Interrupt women, trans, or femme people while we are talking.
- Take wrenches out of anybody’s hands (even if you think you can do something faster).
- Assume WTF mechanics are less skilled or knowledgeable.
- Ask WTF mechanics if our boyfriends/husbands taught us how to fix bikes.
- Ask WTF mechanics anything about our boyfriends/husbands/romantic lives.
- Hit on WTF mechanics while we are helping you fix your bike. Not cool.
- Make any unsolicited comments about other people’s bodies. Period.
Questions or comments? Want to host an event or workshop? Contact us: WTF@bicas.org
Please like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/bicaswtf
This project is supported in part by donors of the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona