In this episode, SooJin and Hannah are joined by Dr. Kale Bantigue Fajardo who shares his experience with “trans-local” (long distance) parenting. As a trans Dad living in another state, Kale is particularly committed to loving his 11-year-old daughter, Nia, unconditionally. Through their relationship, Nia is seeing that there are different ways to express love, family, and desire. She is learning how to be antiracist, as well as transpositive and LGBTQ-positive. As a result, Nia is able to define herself for herself. And she is empowered to stand up for herself and others who experience racism or bullying. The work Kale is doing around antiracist parenting is truly beautiful and transformative. And his work continues to grow, now engaging trans, queer, and non-binary youth in healing projects (see ways to connect below).
Please note: We sometimes use the acronym BIPOC, which means Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Blue Mind by Wallace Nichols
Tentacle by Rita Indiana
Black Girls Do Bike: https://www.blackgirlsdobike.com/
To make a donation to Kanoa-Karakoa/Salamat Po, please Venmo: @Kale-Fajardo ($45 = 1 snorkeling kit)
Dr. Kale Fajardo’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org