Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) was founded on March 31, 2009 by Rachel Crandall as a day of awareness to celebrate transgender and gender-nonconforming people.  This year marks the first presidential proclamation recognizing the day. In his remarks, President Biden recognized generations of activism by transgender and nonbinary people. Despite this meaningful progress, the National Network to End Domestic Violence reminds us that our mission must do better: "Every trans person deserves respect and safety, including…
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Jewell’s Story

"We all are similar in some kind of form, but we all have our differences to be celebrated.”   If you purchased Handmade by Survivors products during the recent holidays, Jewell likely helped make them.   “It was a lifeline. This program gave me some kind of purpose, or drive, or reason to get up. There were a lot of days that I contemplated not coming and realized this is where I needed to be,” she says.   “The soaps made a lot of difference. They’re all…
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Faithful Helpers

"If we want to be helpful, then we need to be in partnership."    When Pastor Mark Davis moved from Boise, Idaho to begin his role at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington 10 years ago, he asked the search committee to connect him with a few of our community’s leaders.   Former Fayette District Court Judge Lewis Paisley suggested Darlene Thomas. In the years since those meetings, Pastor Mark has led the congregation in meaningful survivor support.   One example, Music for Mission, is an annual philanthropic concert series organized by…
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Women in STEM Posters from Nevertheless

We love these beautiful posters from Nevertheless! Nevertheless, a podcast self-described as a platform for the less-heard voices in education technology, commissioned artists around the world to create posters celebrating the contributions of women in technology. The collection of beautiful posters is available in eight languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese Brazilian, French Canadian, Simplified Chinese, and English. The illustrators and podcasters have made the poster collection free to download: “We’d love you to…
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Alpha Chi Omega: Real Strong Women

"The fight against domestic violence starts with your friends and family."    Ending domestic violence is the national philanthropic focus of Alpha Chi Omega, and members of the University of Kentucky chapter embrace the mission with passion and creativity.  “Alpha Chi Omega is all about fostering an environment that builds real strong women through their college experience who become contributing members of our society,” explains Tatum Mowery, Chapter President.   Every semester, members volunteer at the shelter and organize campus-based awareness events like Volley Against Domestic Violence and Donut Let Love Hurt to…
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Daisy’s Story

"For the first time, I finally feel it's over. This is the first time in 21 years that, inside of me, I know it's done."    I’ve always thought, “Well, he’s gonna get better, he’s going to change, but he’s not going to change. I know this now.   Since arriving at GreenHouse17 and being safe, it’s my apartment that has brought me the greatest joy. It’s mine. Everything in it belongs to me. On my first night, I sat on my air mattress and looked around and saw that finally…

Hope Blooms – Summer Flower CSA

“If you are quiet, the flowers will tell you what you need to hear,” says Daisy. “The flowers told me I was beautiful, and that I was good at things. The flowers told me that I could be gentle, and it was just okay to be.” Soon after arriving at the shelter, survivors are introduced to nature-based healing opportunities on the farm. For some, this could be walks on the farm or eating more vegetables. Other…
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The Combahee River Collective

Black women have and continue to be leaders in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence.   "We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974." These words open The Combahee River Collective Statement published in April 1977, one of the earliest documents to define the movement of Black feminism, especially in the context of lesbian identity. The collective's name was inspired by the Combahee River Raid coordinated by Harriet…
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FKA Twigs Speaks Out

FKA Twigs recently shared her story of survival in an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning. Twigs explains, "I just couldn't carry it anymore..." Singer-songwriter FKA Twigs has accused her former partner, Shia LaBeouf, of intimate partner abuse. She is sharing her story to help others spot early signs of abuse and let survivors know they are not alone. Twigs received support and guidance during a call to a domestic violence hotline. Now, looking…
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Kentucky Proud Virtual CSA Fair

Are you interested in learning more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? Make plans to attend the Kentucky Proud Virtual CSA Fair. The Organic Association of Kentucky will be hosting farmer live sessions by Zoom  at every day at 1 pm during the week of February 22. Register for one or more of these sessions to learn more about CSA opportunities in your area. Our farm co-manager, Savannah, will be presenting during the live session on…