Kyle (Ky) Peterson grew up in a small South Georgia farming town. His down to earth nature comes from the love of his Grandma Molly and support of his Mom. Ky loves to stay busy. Even as a child, Ky worked hard to help his family and in his free time,he volunteered at a local assisted living home, and the American Red Cross. When Ky turned 17, hard time hit the family, and he was forced to drop out of school; getting a job to help support his 3 younger siblings. Ky has a vibrant personality and a glowing smile that make it easy to be his friend.
Ky’s life was forever changed in 2011 when he fell victim to, not only a violent attacker, but also the “American Justice System”. He is serving a 15 year prison sentence for defending himself. Ky makes the best of everyday by sharing hope and helping the elderly women in his dorm. He often uses his infectious smile to charm the ladies into a card game. Since arriving in prison, 4 years ago, Ky has witnessed heartbreaking abuse, violence, racism, terrible injustices. Ky decided not to remain silent in the face of oppression. The day he set his mind to changing the world, he called me and said,”Babe, I want to share my story. I want to tell people what’s really going on, but i don’t think anyone will listen cause I’m not smart enough. Send me a real good college dictionary and Scrabble.” 6 months later and countless Scrabble battles with a fellow named “Jury”, Ky graduates high school.
Today, Ky is planning for his future. He hopes to go to college and become a motivational speaker. Ky’s focus has now turned to advocating for the health care and safety of transgender inmates. He often buys books and requests information that he uses to help educate other incarcerated trans people. Ky is an uncommonly kind person, with a loving and courageous nature. His dedication and passion for Human Rights and Transgender Equality ensures that he will make a difference in many people’s lives.
Ky is just one of many transgender people who have been caught up in the U.S.Legal System. Read about His Case to find out why he’s incarcerated in. Check out Ky’s Blog to find out what reality is for a black trans man in a South Georgia Prison.