Buried Seedz of Resistance’s (BSEEDZ) legacy begins with our queer and trans ancestors that survived in order for us to be here today. In 2009, queer youth from all corners of Colorado gathered to create a community to mobilize effectively for and by queer youth. BSEEDZ formed as SOL (formerly CAVP) encouraged and followed youth leadership in the organization. BSEEDZ was founded out of the need for spaces that center the experiences, leadership, expertise, and knowledge of queer and trans youth of color. Our space has always been youth-led and directed because no one can better tell our stories, manifest our healing and vision our solutions than us. By tapping into our creative practices, connecting with our own cultures and identities, we are able to tell a full story of what it means to exist in this world as queer, trans, gender non-conforming, two-spirit & multi-identity creatures.
At the start of 2015, BSEEDZ entered into another phase of ourselves. January 26th, 2015 marked four months that the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa Normalista School has been disappeared in Mexico. This same day, Denver Police profiled and murdered Jessica Jessie Hernandez, a 17 year old queer Mexican@, eldest sister of 5 sibling and beloved young person in the community. At this same time, our communities had already lost at least six trans women of color to state, police, and hate violence.
It was at this time that BSEEDZ reflected on the resilience of queer people of color worldwide and found inspiration in a old Mexican proverb that read: "Trataron de enterrarnos. No sabían que éramos semillas" which translates to “they tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds”. With this proverb the BSEEDZ collective envisioned a future where we continued on the humble path of resistance that our ancestors planted onto us. BSEEDZ commits to survive, thrive, and continue on fighting with love, fire, and light with the nourishments of our spirits, minds, bodies, and souls. We are Buried Seedz of Resistance and liberation survives within us.