Freedom is a fledgling grassroots organization whose mission is to provide support for trans survivors of assault and incarceration. We are building an organization which will guide Trans/ GNC post-incarcerated to build a life above the underground economy. Our goals are to;
- Raise funds and support for individuals with post-incarceration living
- Raise awareness of Post Incarceration Syndrome/ Disorder, and how it contributes to repeated targeting by police, repeated incarceration, and being forced it survive in the underground economy.
- Reduce recidivism by pushing facilities to end solitary confinements, provide adequate education, reentry programs, and mental health care.
Pinky Shear is an incarceration survivor advocate for prison reform, and civil rights, activist. Her tireless efforts on behalf of Ky Peterson have helped lead to the policy change and enforcement of the Ga. Dept. of Correction’s procedures for the treatment of Transgender and GNC prisoners. Pinky has been a figure in the Atlanta community for a number of years lending her experience and perspectives to various speaking engagements at conventions, conferences, and local community groups. The cumulative effect of these experiences and the sharing of painful stories led Pinky to form Freedom Overground in 2017 with Ky Peterson, Ashley Diamond, and Rhys Harper, to take the fight for trans prisoners rights and prison reform to a National stage.
Media and Appearances for Pinky Include:
- Allied Media Conference 2017: Survived and Punished Attending Guest
- Atlanta Pride 2016: Trans Pride Guest Speaker
- Trans Fitness Conference 2016: Guest Speaker
- OutlantaCon 2015 – 2017: Program Presenter
- DragonCon 2015- 2016: Program Presenter
- Advocate: Locked in Prison, Ky Peterson Gets Some Good News
- Project Q Atlanta: Transgender inmate fights for survival in Georgia prison
Ashley Diamond is a transgender civil-rights activist and aspiring musician. Ashley received national attention when she was wrongfully housed in a men’s prison for a nonviolent offense. While in prison she was denied medically necessary hormones she had been taking for over seventeen years, was beaten and sexually assaulted by both inmates and prison guards. From inside the prison, Ashley filed a Federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections and she won. With the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Ashley also filed a civil suit against the GDOC, winning policy change and reparations for the trauma she suffered. Her winning cases helped launch an investigation by the Department of Justice, into the care and treatment of LGBTQ inmates in Georgia prisons. Ashley’s case also changed Georgia prison system’s policy on hormones, and safe housing for transgender inmates and has enforced prison officials to undergo sensitivity training.
Since being released from prison, Ashley continues to fight for the rights of transgender inmates and post-incarceration services. She has even had the opportunity to speak with President Obama regarding the needs of Trans POC caught within the legal system.
Media and Appearances for Ashley Include:
- Department of Justice: LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Briefing
- ViceLand’s Gaycation: Trans Woman Ashley Diamond Fights for Prison Reform in Georgia
- Advocate: Feds Probe Georgia’s Treatment of LGBT Prisoners
- NBC Atlanta: Transgender woman: I was raped, mistreated in Georgia prison
- GLAAD: Transgender inmate Ashley Diamond reaches settlement with Georgia’s Department of Corrections
- Al Jazeera America: Trans woman discusses life in all-male prison after release
- Atlanta Magazine: After unexpected parole, transgender inmate Ashley Diamond picks up the pieces of her life
- The New York Times: Ashley Diamond, Transgender Inmate, Is Out of Prison but Far From Free
- NBC News: Transgender Inmate Suing Ga. Prison System Granted Surprise Early Release
- The New York Times: Transgender Woman Cites Attacks and Abuse in Men’s Prison
- Advocate: DOJ Tells State Prisons: Denying Trans Inmates Hormone Therapy Is Unconstitutional
- Huffington Post: Georgia Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To ‘Torture’
Request an Appearance
Pinky and Ashley are available as presenters at events for Trans Rights, Victim’sSupport, Prison Reform, and more. They are available on a sliding scale, however, travel and housing must be provided for long distance events. All bookings must be made at least 30 days in advance.