Calling All Welcoming Reenacting Units!
For the benefit of the hobby, I am making a list of units that fall under what I consider to be “open-minded and welcoming” units. Once I have my list, I will keep a frequently-updated version on a page here on this site. I hope that it will come in handy for those reenactors who don’t easily or readily fit the description of a typical reenactor.
I recognize that “welcoming” is a word that means different things to different people. My definition is a unit that is open-minded, welcoming, and willing to work with potential recruits on finding a role for them that works within the context of the unit, regardless of their personal situation. There are some groups that are often made to feel unwelcome in many reenacting units, that I feel would benefit from knowing right off the bat which units are more likely to accept them into the proverbial ranks. If your unit accepts any and/or all of these, please leave a comment with your unit’s name and info, including any website you may have, as well as which groups your unit does/does not welcome.
Here are the groups, along with explanations of each. If you personally can think of any other group that is often marginalized in the hobby that you feel should be added to the list, please let me know in a comment.
Unattached women are women who wish to join a unit who are not related to or involved with any of the existing members of the unit. These are women who are either single or who have partners who are not reenactors, but who want to participate in the hobby.
Women in Uniform
Women in uniform are also known by a few other names: galtroops, girlfarbs, distaff soldiers, etc and are women who prefer to play a role that involves portraying a man. Some wish to portray women who historically passed themselves off as men, others simply wish to straight up portray a man or male role. If your unit allows this but only with caveats, please state them.
This one is fairly self-explanatory. LGBT reenactors are reenactors who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
This one is also fairly self-explanatory. These are families or couples with children who wish to participate in events as families. If your unit already has families involved in your events or is particularly family-friendly, please state such.
I look forward to hearing from all of you! Please spread this around and make sure that every open-minded and welcoming unit gets a chance to have their name added to the list.