Music Freedom Dreams
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The Black Trans Bike Experience will demand more than just miles; it will demand our rigor, our unapologetic turn up, and our integrity, from commitment to completion.

DEADLINES

Deposit (non-refundable) due: July 1

Registration Fees Due (Final Commitment deadline): July 19

the BLACK TRANS BIKE Experience

 Join your fellow Black Trans & GNC riders on the trip of a lifetime.

Starting in Philadelphia, PA, this Bike Experience will wind its way through the East Coast countryside, covering 160 miles in five days. Far beyond your average bike tour, this Experience will ensure riders sharpen their irreplaceable connection to body, mind, and spirit.

The BTBExperience will give its Black Trans Riders daily time for meditation, yoga, and somatic practice, in a loving offering to make the ride as healing as it is rigorous. Riders will be in deep study of our ancestors’ freedom dreams while also breaking bread with Black Trans community and organizers along the route. The Experience will conclude at the September 28 Trans March on DC, a first of its kind historic event where riders will ensure that Black Trans Voices are organized and heard.

This Black Trans Bike Experience will demand more than just miles; it will demand our rigor, our unapologetic turn up, and our integrity, from commitment to completion.

Rider Commitments:

  • Available Sun, Sept 22- Sat, Sep 29

  • Purchasing/Obtaining and training on a 18-(or-more) speed bicycle

  • 2 months of fitness training

Gifts of the BTBE:

Body

  • Prepare diligently to push your body over 160mi in five days

  • Receive somatic and physical training support from multiple trans-affirming instructors

  • Increased Meditation & Mindfulness practice throughout preparation and 5-day tour

Mind

  • Organizing - Along the way and in DC, learn organizing tactics and build with organizations & leaders fighting for Black Trans folks throughout the East Coast.

  • Leadership Development - It is no accident our community is cast aside and rarely developed as the leaders we naturally are. This project will call upon participants ability to fundraise, organize their community, ask for help, and follow through.

Spirit (Culture)

  • We are mobilizing a community of Black Trans Folks across the gender spectrum & outside a commitment to the binary

  • We will manifest community spaces that unapologetically bring people together for the mission of bringing more of our Black Trans freedom dreams to life.

Ride Cost

$400 (Fundraising support is provided), inclusive of a $50 deposit to hold your spot.

 

register for interest calls

Get the details about the Black Trans Bike Experience this September. Meet the organizers and learn what you need to know about this transformative experience. Sign up for a scheduled interest call below.

Note: All potential riders MUST join at LEAST one interest call before registering for ride.

 

itinerary

 

Day 0

Travel day

Sunday, September 22. Bikes should be shipped by Sunday 9/15 and arrive by Sunday, 9/22.

Welcome & Community Dinner


Day 1

orientation

Monday, September 23. Group Orientation including:

  • community building

  • warm-up ride

  • medic & safety workshop


Day 2

tour day #1

Tuesday, September 24.

First full riding day.


Day 3

tour day #2

Wednesday, September 25.

Riding Day #2


Day 4

tour day #3

Thursday, September 26.

Riding Day #3 - Almost there!


Day 5

tour day #4

Final riding day. Friday, September 27.

Arrive in D.C.


Day 6

trans march on dc

Saturday, September 28.

Take part in the historic Trans March on DC.


Day 7

Travel Day

Tour the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)

Pack & Ship Bikes, Say Your Goodbyes

 
 

THE Team

 
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Jay-marie hill
Tour Co-Lead & Freedom Dreamer

Jay-Marie Hill (they/them) is an organizer, musician, two-wheel enthusiast and educator from the California Bay Area, now living in St. Louis, MO. They founded Music Freedom Dreams to build systemic change from a Black, queer & trans-affirming lens. Jay-Marie’s life-changing experiences on two wheels serve as the foundation for the BTBE, which seeks to provide as much embodied freedom as possible to black trans and queer people everywhere.

Ultimately, MFD is a medium to channel the reality that all successful movements need soundtracks, access to spaces for community to strategize toward freedom, and dream-filled action to change hearts and minds.

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Lydia moore
tour co-lead

Lydia’s passion for bicycles began in 2006 when their grandmother gave them a bicycle that was won in a grocery store contest. Since then, they have adventured and commuted on many different bicycles across thousands of miles around California, Chicago, Detroit, NYC, Philadelphia, and Portland. In 2014, Lydia received a Bicycle Technician Certification from United Bicycle Institute, and began their career in the bike industry. In 2017, Lydia joined Different Gear, a Brooklyn based ride series for QTPOC, and began organizing and leading QTPOC centered bike rides around NYC. Lydia has taught workshops and classes about all things bicycles; currently works as the Service Manager at Trek Bikes Chelsea; and is also studying engineering sciences at CUNY. Lydia has never owned a car.

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Movement and Culture Curator

Jewel (she/her) is a Ratchet Revolutionary from Brooklyn, East New York. A passionate Social Justice Organizer for the rights of Black Women, Girls, Femmes and for the Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Community, her tireless advocacy for marginalized communities drives her work everyday. As a Dance Fitness Instructor, she believes that the movement of our bodies is critical to the journey towards liberation. On the project, Jewel is the Movement and Culture Curator where she is dedicated to connecting the Black TGNC community to fitness support as they prepare for the Black Trans Bike Experience. She will also focus on organizing community gatherings where people can vibe & build with one another.

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alexis ortega
Admin & Social Media techie

Alexis (she/her, they/them) is queer AF, holding it down in community in Palm Springs, CA, working with and in the intersections of local communities of color, queer and trans folks, and young people. Alexis is offering administrative and technical support in bringing the Black Trans Bike Experience to life in digital spaces.

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feliz hill
Resident Biking & Tour Consultant

Feliz (she/her) has been an avid cyclist for the past 10 years and is contributing her knowledge of bike touring and maintenance to make this a meaningful experience for all riders.

BTBE Manifestation community support

Ryann Holmes of bklyn boihood

Amber & LifeCycle Biking

Different Gear

Black Freedom Outfitters