Freedom Overground
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Funding Freedom is now Freedom Overground. For the last 3 years, we have been supporting Ky Peterson and his fight for access to trans medical care as well as his freedom. Ky is not alone. More survivors of transphobic assault need our help. More

Kyle Peterson is an amazing Trans Man, who was born and lived in Southern Georgia. On October 28th, 2011, the life that Ky Peterson knew came to an end. Ky was a victim of a vicious sexual assault by a total stranger as he was walking home alone. During the attack, Ky fought back and accidently caused a lethal wound to the attacker.  

Ky was arrested for murder but was not treated for his injuries. 1 year later, a public defender appeared and offered Ky a plea “bargain” of 20 years with 15 years to serve.  According to his public defender,  Ky was denied the right to plead self-defense because he is black and trans or "doesn't look like a rape victim".  You can find Ky's entire story at www.freeingky.com

Like many people caught unaware in the Georgia legal system, Ky was bullied into signing this plea “deal”. It is this sentence, along with the many other negligent actions of  Sumter County, which leads us to believe that Ky has suffered tremendous injustices because of racial, gender, and sexual biases. Upon arriving in prison, Ky has suffered continuous dehumanizing treatment from Pulaski State Prison’s staff and officers.

Ky is not the only one; his case is at the center of nearly every major civic and social issue being debated in this country; police brutality, racial targeting, trans rights, corruption in the legal system, and rape culture.  There is an unusually high population of Trans men and women being held within the U.S prison system. More than 80%  of trans inmates are victims of assault, either prior to or after being incarcerated. Our purpose is to raise awareness of Ky’s  tragic situation and the dehumanization that the transgender population suffers in state institutions. 

All donations will be divided into 3 specific areas:

1) Cover living costs for Ky during his incarceration.

2) Pending Civil rights cases against the agencies responsible for his unlawful incarceration. 

3) Ky's foundation, Freedom Overground, who's mission is to

  • Promote the visibility of trans survivors of assault and incarceration.
  • Provide resources for Post Incarceration Recovery services and PTSD therapy.
  •  Support legal services to ensure that institutions enforce the laws regarding the care and treatment of trans inmates.  

Other ways to support Ky and Freedom Overground:

Sign the Petition to help Ky gain his freedom -Justice for Ky

Help spread awareness of transphobic assault by participating in the Free Ky Project

Follow his social media and blog for updates.

Ky's Facebook          Ky's Twitter            Ky's Website

Thank you for your time and support. 

Warmest regards, 

~ Pinky Shear

*donations are sent to Ky's legal Power of Attorney, M.H.Uribe, via PayPal.

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$5 off the Free Ky Necklace
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We are teaming up The Free Ky Project to support the untold stories of Trans masculine assault survivors. Every person who sends a photo submission to The Free Ky Project will get $5 off of a Free Ky Necklace
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Free Ky Necklace
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The original 2 necklaces were made for Ky's mom and girlfriend, as a gift of strength and support. Additional pieces were soon made, at the request of his family. After sharing pictures of the necklaces, many supporters have requested necklaces as well.

We are now making the necklaces available to everyone with a donation of $15. or more. $5 will cover the cost of the materials and shipping. The remaining $10 will go directly to Ky Peterson and Freedom Overground

Jewelry Art by Micah Bazant
Pendants made by Natalie Williams.
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