Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor



In the Life: Ashley Perrin
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times

This article shared 5216 times since Wed Jul 1, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Ashley Perrin learned about roller derby while in college, but didn't have the time to join.

When she moved to Los Angeles, she watched a documentary that featured roller derby and then began researching. "For the first few months of living in LA, I lived in a tiny apartment with four guys and needed to make some lady friends. I went to one [derby] practice, and haven't looked back," she said.

Her first derby bout was in January, 2011. She was confident and thrilled to be playing sports again. She was, though, admittedly nervous, but ended up scoring a lot of points.

Perrin's alter ego, Killanois, had arrived—and she is now in her fifth season of competitive roller derby.

"It has definitely been a roller coaster," Perrin said. "There are so many highs and lows that come from this sport. A few highlights are competing at the highest level, being captain for the All-Star team, being chosen as a finalist for Team USA, and being a part of numerous All-Star pick up teams. [Another highlight was] being chosen to skate with Team Vagine, which is an all-queer All-Star team.

"I've met some of my best friends in this community and formed many lifelong relationships. With the highs comes the lows. Most of the lows are dealing with injuries, and I have had many. I also tend to spread myself too thin, and that is always a hard spiral to break."

Perrin tried out for the Windy City Rollers the day she got off the plane in Chicago from Los Angeles. She was drafted to the Double Crossers and made the All-Stars shortly after that. "It was definitely a dream to make the WCR All-Stars after watching them dominate the highest level of roller derby," Perrin said.

Perrin said that she is very much herself on the track—not a character or persona.

"I have been competing in sports all my life and I always play with the same intensity and drive," she said. "I am very hot-headed on game day, I will admit that. I get very into the moment and become extremely protective of my team. I am a bit of a perfectionist and always want to perform my best and want the same from my teammates and opponents."

Perrin said her parents are big fans of her derby drive. They come to all her home games and watch the away games when they stream.

Derby, though, has been an injury-filled ride for Killanois. She has, for instance, broken her hand twice in eight months, and she is still going to physical therapy in hopes that she can, eventually, have full mobility again.

Her most painful injury was when she chipped the bottom of her sternum.

"I have had plenty of obstacles in my life and though I don't need to go into detail, I will say derby has helped me in overcoming a lot of those obstacles," Perrin said. "Derby and the community have given me more confidence than I have ever had. It helped me have a safe environment to come out in. It's made me try new things and be a part of new experiences."


Age: 27

Neighborhood: Humboldt Park

Orientation: "A queer lesbian"

Relationship status: "Single-ish."

Derby name: Killanois

Job title: Account executive at a marketing and advertising agency

Volunteer title: x

Hobbies: Painting and sketching, television arts & sciences, being active, script writing, and seeing shows of all kinds.

Favorite TV show: Roseanne

Favorite pizza toppings: "I like all kinds of toppings, but absolutely no black olives."

Little-known fact: "You can see my derby name and number in the opening sequence of [the movie] Pitch Perfect."

This article shared 5216 times since Wed Jul 1, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Show about trans+ women models to debut Aug. 5 on Here TV 2022-07-29
- The Here TV docuseries Road to the Runway—which focuses on trans+ women models—will debut Friday, Aug. 5. The series profiles the 20 hopefuls competing in this year's annual Slay Model search. Cameras follow the women to ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Writer, attorney, activist Takeia R. Johnson 2021-07-25
- The local organization Affinity Community Services announced the recent passing of Takeia R. Johnson. According to Johnson's LinkedIn profile, she was editor-in-chief and lead writer at Inclusion at Work as well as a Ph.D. student focusing ...

Gay News

SAVOR Talking with new Travelle Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai; Profile of Travelle's breakfast 2021-06-09
- Travelle Chef de Cuisine Qi Ai Travelle at the Langham (330 N Wabash Ave.; has undergone a major change during the COVID pandemic: New Chef de Cuisine Qi (pronounced "tee") Ai was promoted from sous ...

Gay News

MOVIES Dutch journalist talks about making 'My Friend, the Mayor' 2021-02-17
- In the Amazon Prime Video documentary My Friend, the Mayor: Small-town Democracy in the Age of Trump, Dutch journalist Max Westerman profiles friend Sean Strub, an openly gay activist, activist, long-term AIDS survivor and POZ magazine ...

Gay News

Booksellers launch "Boxed Out" campaign, a look at consumer choices 2020-10-22
--From a press release - (New York, New York) 20% of independent bookstores across the country are in danger of closing. Today, theAmerican Booksellers Association launched the "Boxed Out" campaign to draw attention to the high stakes indie bookstores face this ...

Gay News

Author/academic John D'Emilio on new book, future endeavors 2020-10-01
- Queer Legacies: Stories from Chicago's LGBTQ Archives is a new book by Gerber/Hart Library and Archives President and University of Illinois at Chicago History and Women's and Gender Studies Professor Emeritus John ...

Gay News

Out Illinois State coach dives into new position 2020-09-16
- Logan Pearsall, an accomplished college diver who has since transitioned into master's level diving, was competing at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He was doing a challenging inward dive from a one-meter ...

Gay News

Joseph Baar Topinka preserves legacy of mother: Pro-gay Republican Judy 2020-09-02
- Riverside resident Joseph Baar Topinka is still impressed with the resolve and stamina with which his late mother, longtime GOP politician Judy Baar Topinka, was able to "slug it out" in the political arena. "She got ...

Gay News

'Making Sweet Tea': Out NU dean talks about new documentary 2020-08-18
- Performer and Northwestern University Dean E. Patrick Johnson discussed his new film and the importance of reclaiming storytelling agency in a virtual Q&A Lambda Legal hosted Aug. 9. Johnson, dean of Northwestern University's School of Communication, ...

Gay News

Asha Ransby-Sporn talks building on the anti-racism movement's legacy 2020-08-05
- With anti-racism protests happening around the United States, in what some media outlets are saying is the largest movement in this country's history, demands to abolish the police have increasingly been a part of the rallying ...

Gay News

Local lesbian couple celebrate 50 years together 2020-08-05
- When Alice Cozad and Linda Young met each other as freshmen at the University of Iowa they knew almost instantly that they would be together as a couple for the rest of their lives. "The electricity ...

Gay News

Teen LGBTQ+ activist aims to inspire with Be You Tiful Initiative 2020-07-31
- Allison Frank is a 16-year-old lesbian activist from Lincolnshire's Stevenson High School who found her passion for activism and began the Be You Tiful Initiative. It all started when Frank was feeling overwhelmed in a makeup ...

Gay News

Cicero student finds his voice 2020-07-29
- When Jorge Martinez-Arevalo was in eighth grade, he was elected president of an LGBTQ+ after-school club at Unity Junior High School, in Cicero. During his eighth-grade year, the club, which is known as NJAW (short for ...

Gay News

Chicago man takes face masks into luxury 2020-07-10
- During COVID-19 David Altman is encouraging people to wear their heart on their face with masks that his brand Vintage Luxe Up is currently making out of vintage luxury designer silk scarves. Altman grew up on ...

Gay News

E. Patrick Johnson, a man of firsts 2020-07-08
- E. Patrick Johnson is a man often associated with the word "first." He was the first in his family to go to college, and the first Black native of Hickory, North Carolina, to receive a Ph.D., ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.