For someone who is in the process of transitioning, videos and photos of transition progress are a huge inspiration. For those who are transitioning while incarcerated, it pretty much impossible to share that progress. Many trans folks who are locked up, do not have loved ones supporting them on the outside. For those few who do, often photos and videos from prisons are too grainy and of extremely poor quality. Thanks to Fabian Washington, Activist, and Media Specialist at I M Live LLC we are able to give everyone the unique look at Ky’s transition process. It is the 1st and only transition video of someone who is incarcerated.
The beginning of this video is a conversation between me and Ky… it’s an incredibly personal moment for us. I was feeling beat down after months of fighting the Ga. Department of Corrections and begging for help from civil rights groups. I was on my own, questioning everything I had done, and wondering if I was just making things worse. I broke down and asked him “Why me? ” Was he sure that I was the right person to be fighting for him? His response is what pushed me to keep going. His trust pushes me, and it will continue to push me until he is home. ~Pinky
This month, we are promoting the Write the Governor Campaign. We are focusing on sharing our support videos, writing letters to the Governor of Georgia, and getting signatures on Ky’s petition. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), Survived and Punished, Project NIA, Dean Spade, and CeCe McDonald, Freedom Overground now has an amazing promotional video that we hope everyone will share.
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Today has been a very bittersweet day. I turned on my computer today to be inundated with the news of Chelsea Manning’s release from prison. Shortly after, her first steps to freedom twitter post went viral. There are a number of emotions, thoughts, and questions that I have struggled through today.
My first feelings for her are elation. No matter what you feel about why she was locked up, Chelsea has served her debt to society, and then some. She deserves to be free, and now she will be able to live her life on her own terms.
Then heartbreak. Most incarcerated trans folks spent a lot of time in Solitary Confinement (“for their protection”), making the Post Incarceration Syndrome much worse. PIS is no joke, and it is a debilitating type of PTSD that only those who have been locked-up can truly sympathize with.
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