I was blessed with the incredible opportunity to meet with reps from Get EQUAL and Southerners on New Ground. LL, Wooten, Sarah, Zhi and I spent a couple of days discussing our goals and creating a plan for building solid roots to help us, help Ky. It is such a relief… I finally feel as though all of our time and efforts are are building the tribe that Ky needs to keep him fighting.
Building a New Kind of Tribe
noun geno·cide \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd\
: the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group.
A history lesson that’s not in the books…When I was a little girl, I remember visiting a reservation and wondering why my people chose to keep living there. I remember listening to the elders tell the stories that are barley keeping Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) History alive. One of the elders told me something that hits me harder now than anything I’ve ever heard. When I asked what happened to our people, she said, ” Our people deserved to die. When the white men came to us and made promises, we trusted them. They promised to wipe out our enemies and make us rich in exchange for our resources. They went to the other tribes and made promises to them too. When we realized that they we lying to us, we folded in on ourselves. The tribes out numbered the white men 4 to one, yet we would would not join with the other tribes to build strength in numbers. Instead, we just laid down to die. Our pride killed the great First Nations …We deserved to die.”
Nothing has changed. The government is still manipulating its people. They use the media to breed strife between races, social classes, religious groups and cultures; all in an attempt to distract us. They don’t want us to see all the freedoms, rights, and resources that they are systematically striping from us, so politicians will toss out a religious zealot for the masses to execute on social media while thy write laws that protect corrupt police. When it first came up, I thought the Black Lives Matter movement was a type of reverse racism. I was blinded by my privilege of presenting as white. Then I experienced a life altering does of reality, and the words of the Blackfoot Medicine woman hit me like a ton of bricks. #BlackLiveMatter isn’t about excluding anyone that isn’t black, they are simply a group of people who are banging the drums of war. They are calling the tribes together. They are a people who are choosing NOT to lay down and die. In this country, where the only lives that matter seem to be cis ,white, wealthy men, the rest of us should be following the example. In order for all of us to survive, we need to get over our pride and bring the tribes together. There is Strength in numbers when the politicians make us feel as though we have no control.
This week, me & Ky and our family have spent a lot of time building OUR tribe. We hosted meetings, made contacts, shared projects, and created plans. All of these things to show support for Ky and the entire “Non- white, Non Cis, Middle Class and Lower” community. Why does this matter? Because unless you are a cis, white, wealthy male, what happened to Ky, can happen to you. “Everyone should be an ally cause Anyone can be a victim.” Trans people of color are facing genocide. As allies, we are members of their tribe, and it is time to hit the drums of war. This is NOT a cry for #alllivesmatter. This is a proclamation of the 7 article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 7: All shall be equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination. #AllShallBeEqual
To further add to the “Building of a tribe”; The Free Ky Project is a photo project started on Facebook by one of our support team, Christian Lovehall. His mission is clear; To build strength in his tribe by sharing stories and showing courageous support of Ky and other trans men of color. We will continue to support Christian’s efforts to uplift trans men of color by participating and posting every Free Ky Project image he shares on all of our social medial sites. go to The Free Ky Project for more information on how to participate.
As for Ky, he’s actually doing great. He’s been loving the letters of support that everyone is sending and he is so excited about the Free Ky Project. I am also sending him a copy of every picture posted there. He says it makes him feel good to know that people are talking about violence against trans men because of his story. It takes a lot of courage to step up and talk about transphobic violence. We are honored by anyone who has the guts to make a sign and share it.
Ky is still waiting on the results of his medical review for HRT. He feels frustrated and impatient because it has been over a month since his last visit with the therapist. We hope to finally be speaking with a lawyer about pushing Pulaski to approve his request. Our goal is to get Ky on gender therapy and HRT BEFORE they decide to parole him. He believes that the GDOC is trying to tie up his request in red tape in order to avoid implementing a gender therapy program at the prison. Ky is the ONLY trans man in a Ga. prison to request HRT or gender therapy of any kind. When he goes home, there will be no one else to push the state into implementing the program in Pulaski. Our team would love for the state to release Ky early in order to avoid the trouble of law suits and bad press, but that won’t help the other trans men and women who are stuck in the system without a support system.