Kieryn Darkwater

is creating art and resources for fighting christofascism
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About Kieryn Darkwater

You might have read I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School Awaiting Mike Pence as Messiah on Autostraddle once (or even the follow up pieces), or maybe you know Kieryn from their work with the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, East Bay for Everyone, Mayoring YIMBYtown2017, cohosting the Kitchen Table Cult Podcast, or from running around campus organizing the Laney Queers. Maybe it's none of those things and you wound up here on the way to the Delta Quadrant but found yourself asking who is Kieryn? and where did they come from? and what is this page for?


Kieryn was homeschooled
in the 90's-00's and grew up in a cult and cult-like environments. The reality of being the eldest daughter in a large conservative quiverfull family meant there wasn't much (if any) time for having in-person friends. So they started blogging in 2005, and met other homeschoolers with similar backgrounds. When they escaped in 2009 they continued writing and documenting their evolution first of adapting to married life, then coming out as bileaving christianity, and abandoning the gender binary

Now, Kieryn is a full time student at Laney College and grappling with the impact of educational neglect, learning disabilities, and navigating school with...a structure? Sometimes if they aren't buried in homework they write about it (and everything else) at Bridging the Gap. When Kieryn isn't organizing for institutional LGBTQIA support on campus or with the Social Justice Center to help undocumented students at Laney, they can be found working to legalize multi-family homes in the bay area, and advocating for protections for homeschooled kids.

If they aren't organizing something (check their pulse) then they're making art, playing Destiny2 (or The Sims4), or wondering Lake Merritt at Pupper O'Clock. 


So here's the thing about being a full time student while also being a full-time activist: it doesn't actually pay the bills.

In theory there's some sweet sweet Soros cash on the way to line the pockets of every left wing activist but until that shows up in the mail, DIY socialism is where it's at. Your support helps Kieryn stay fed, housed, bills paid, in school, and on the ground organizing and making art. 

What do you get from it?
Mostly warm fuzzies of knowing that you're keeping an ex-fundamentalist homeschooled kid right the wrongs they were taught to uphold.

Your support enables the creation of educational materials in the form of a lot of writing, podcasts, comics, and eventually maybe books, about what the vast rightwing conspiracy really is about and how to fight it, and what overcoming CPTSD from their childhood looks like.

You'll also get Kieryn's undying love, gratitude, and occasional (intensely sporadic) behind the scenes updates (rambles) and full-size comic downloads.
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