It could be the fishnet stockings or the hot pink wigs. Maybe it’s the the Goth makeup or the cleavage.
But there’s little question that the Atlanta Rollergirls can pack in the fans when they take to the rink and among those cheering them along will be a few lesbians. OK, lots of lesbians mixed in with the crowd that includes urban hipsters and suburban families.
The league opens its fifth season on Saturday with two matches in Midtown.
They’ll be returning to their home in the Yaarab Shrine Center, where the league’s four teams — the Toxic Shocks, Apocalypstix, Sake Tuyas and Denim Demons — roll on Saturdays, often to sell-out crowds.
“A lot of the women who join derby are the kind of women who don’t make women friends easily,” Ellis said. “They’re not girly. We have lots of different types of women, but they all have that inner strength and drive.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also offers a gallery of photos by Frank Mullen.