As a black trans man, I've always recognised a need to create safe spaces for trans people of colour, which is why I’m fundraising to hold the first of what will hopefully be an annual retreat for trans people of colour in the UK. But to make it happen, we need support from our allies. It is vital to remember and cater for the intersectional sensitivities that may arise.
What's the big idea?
Launching in November 2019, Kamp Kiki is a new, UK based, indoor retreat for transgender people with an interest in mindfulness, creativity and healing. This retreat will explore and validate mental health, the body, spirituality and kinship. As well as the chance to socialise in a safe and affirming space, there will be workshops centred on mindfulness, self-love, practical support and creative expression.
Who will this benefit?
The retreat is for people of colour who identify as trans.
Where will my donation go?
Every penny of your generous donation will cover the cost of:
- An onsite therapist
- Travel to and from Kamp Kiki
Even small amounts can make a huge difference. £5 or £10 pounds could fund lunch or an evening meal for one of our Kampers while larger donations could cover a day's payment for our therapist or even a night of accommodation for a trans person on the retreat.
All workshops and sessions will be led by women or trans people of colour and every single leader will be paid, putting your donations back into the community in the most direct way. With discrimination leading to terrible employment rates amongst trans communities, we think it's vital to invest in our own so that they can continue to grow as practitioners after they've sent the elevator back down.
We'll need these funds by 29th November 2019 so that we can plan ahead and budget, so there really is no time to waste!
Why is Kamp Kiki so vital?
In 2017/18, police reported 1,651 hate crime offences against trans people in England and Wales. When you consider that, according to LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall UK’s figures, 4/5 trans people don’t report hate crimes to the police,
it’s clear that trans people are experiencing huge levels of harassment and violence.
While there are no official statistics we could find detailing just how many of those trans people are PoC, according to gov.co.uk, there were 71,251 race related hate crimes in 2017/18. And, again, those are just the ones that were reported. All of this, plus the experiences of Transphobia and racism that are all too common in mainstream queer spaces, highlights the need for a space where trans people of colour can feel safe and be among their peers.
We envision a space where black and brown trans people can find a new place of safety and belonging. A community driven family borne out of an environment that seeks to nurture creativity and help mindfulness flourish. With this in mind, we're asking those who are in solidarity with some of the most targeted members of the LGBTQI+ community to donate so we can make sure this rare and beautiful event can happen.
What is Humblebee Creative?
Humblebee Creative is an independent company producing shows, events, talks and retreats. We urge our audience to engage in art that pollinates conversation and present work that is a call to action to protect the minorities within our communities.
At the centre of this organisation is me - Kamari Romeo . Graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013, I'm a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in psychology and Applied Theatre. My work ranges from theatre, live art and documentary projects - all of which aim to question and magnify the psyche of audiences.
Producing Credits include: The Ritual (Battersea Arts Centre/Roundhouse), Urinal Residency (Live Art Development Agency)
Television Credits (as an actor) include: The Split 2 (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC)
Theatre credits (as an actor) include: Summer in London (Theatre Royal Stratford East) The Bear/The Proposal (Young Vic) Elemental (Bush Theatre), The Jungle Book (Emporium Brighton) and Alice in Wonderland (The Minack Theatre)
Poetry Credits include: Roundhouse Resident Artist (Roundhouse), The Huffington Post UK, King's College London, Barbican Young Poets 2014/15 (Barbican)
With such a varied range of experience and a fantastic team behind me here at Humblebee Creative, you can guarantee that Kamp Kiki is in the safe hands of a creative that isn't afraid to take a few risks. All we need now is your support!
We will, of course, send you a personalised thank you via social media and, on the closing night of our retreat, we hope that your name will be one of those we read out, thanking you for making such a wonderful event possible.
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