05/15/2013 03:30 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Bonnie Thunders, Roller Derby Star, On The Sport's Acceptance Of LGBT Players

On the heels of NBA veteran Jason Collins coming out, Brooklyn-based freelance writer and HuffPost blogger Jim Flood wrote a blog post about how roller derby provides a model for pro sports in accepting openly gay men.

To expand upon the topic, roller derby star Bonnie Thunders recently joined HuffPost Live to discuss why the sport is so accepting of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) players.

"Most people look at the women's side of it and think that it's all of these butch girls playing roller derby. So it just tends to go very easily with lesbians and roller derby," said Thunders. "I think with guys, most of the guys that play roller derby aren't your typical athletes."

Thunders went on to note that roller derby is a marginal sport, leaving room for inclusiveness.

"It's kind of secondary to the more popular sports, which allows it to attract the people who didn't fit in in the primary sports," she added.

Watch the clip above.



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