Tiger's Eye Collective was founded in direct response to the escalating gender based violence, physical & political attacks against Black queer + trans, gender nonconforming, lesbian, gay, bi folks in the South and across the country
Ashe Helm-Hernández | Co-Founder & Coordinator of Tiger's Eye Collective
Ashe is a queer southern Black butch with roots in Louisville, KY. They are the SONG Project Coordinator & Co-Editor of TCA Special issue #44 - March 2017. Their background includes teaching adult education, youth advocacy and development, and community organizing. Ashe was a Program Coordinator at Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, where they co-edited Black Youth Power Rising, Project South 2015.
Ashe most recently co-founded Tiger’s Eye Collective - a Queer Security: Cultural and Educational project. They have over 15 years of experience in Human Right to Education advocacy, leadership development, and youth mentoring as a cultural worker and artist.
Tip Brooks | CEO, Brooks & Dagger.com
Tip a Black Butch from the South; a Hazmat Logistics Analyst for the Railroad, also the owner and co-creator of Brooks & Dagger – a fashion brand that pushes the envelope of Heteronormativity while breaking down stereotypes. Tip was born and raised in deep South Georgia (Meigs, GA), fishing and riding bikes is how they spent most of their days; racing home before the street lights came on! Being brought up in a Baptist Church became challenging; their mind would begin to wonder in regard to religion but dare not ask any of those questions out loud! As a teenager, Tip quickly understood they were different from their family and friends. Realizing their own happiness was being suppressed to allow others; Tip began to walk in their truth and was extremely unapologetic about it! Eventually Tip relocated to Atlanta, GA committing over 7 years of volunteer work with LGBTQ youth hoping to encourage and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Ilya Parker | Owner, Forseca Fitness
Ilya is a proud transmasculine person of color currently working in NC as Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Medical Exercise Specialist. Ilya is a social justice warrior and educator; whose work centers the empowerment of transgender, gender non-conforming and queer folks of color regarding: health/wellness and radical self-love. Ilya has rallied for more than 13 years as a grass-roots community organizer across the intersections of race, gender, class, ability and age.
Ilya is currently a member of Southerners on New Ground, Diversity and Inclusion Council for Carolina's Health Care Systems (Central Division) and Board Member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group.
Ilya holds a BAS in Health Sciences from Arizona State University. Ilya is also the owner of Forseca Fitness with over 9 years of rehabilitative and functional training experience.
Forseca Fitness was established in memory of "Big J" Forseca who passed away of lung cancer April 2015. Forseca Fitness was birthed from the need for trans, gender non-conforming, disabled, chronically ill bodies to have better access to affordable health and wellness services.
Ilya is also a freelance writer and have contributed to (hyperlink EveryDay Feminism) and (hyperlink Trans Empowerment Network.)
Ilya assist daily in educating various healthcare providers on ways they can better service their transgender patients. I have helped to create and facilitate Transgender 101 workshops and programs for faith based organizations.
Ansley Pope | Member Leader, SONG
Pope is a Black, queer, transmasculine person born and raised in South Carolina. Though he was born in the small town of Aiken, the move to Charleston in 2012 gave him deeper understanding of community organizing. This understanding was found within Girls Rock Charleston where he was an organizer for two years. During this time he has also found a political home within Southerners on New Ground over the past three years. He joins Tigers Eye Collective with an excitement to bring tactical and training support and the willingness to learn and engage with new and old friends.
solutions for ALL communities
We must defend all our communities from racism, homophobia, transphobia & xenophobia.
We must reclaiming our political, social & cultural survival spaces without emulating the same
misogynistic culture we seek to transform.
Tiger's Eye Collective was seeded to create possibilities that will bring us out of fear, isolation and work towards a southern region, nation and world free of violence, economic oppression and repression.
We are building a kinship, skills and resource exchange network that seeks to aid individual, organizational and collective interventions on the culture of violence so many of us experience, and create strategic alternatives that build our autonomy from the state and its own inherent violence against our own.
We believe in investing in the people and formations that have always sought to protect + defend us no matter who is in political office, and we seek to implement local to regional economic development strategies that align with our vision for leadership,
skills and resource exchange.
We are undaunted while upholding a majestic presence Self-ruling and Self-governing
We resist the daily violence in our lives
and transform ourselves and our region
by building cover for all people
willing to protect + defend one another