OAKLAND, Calif. — Trevor Straub first stepped onto a skateboard at age 7, and by 13 was making the rounds on California’s competitive skateboarding circuit, even taking home prizes. A series of ankle injuries got in the way of a skate career, but Straub’s healing time coincided with the early stages of exploring identity, an evolving “otherness” that was not met warmly by the skate scene.
“I lost all my friends,” said Straub, now 25, who identifies as gender nonconforming. “I didn’t skate for 10 years. I just quit — I didn’t own a skateboard, I didn’t look at skateboarding magazines. I hated it.”