Resources: LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of these resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement.

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Black and Pink

Black and Pink is a volunteer organization that lists LGBTQ on a pen-pal website, distributes a monthly newsletter of primarily queer/trans prisoner writing, and advocates for specific prisoner needs when possible while also working to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole. May not timely respond to letters. Serves individuals in CA, NM, CO, NE, WI, IL, NY, RI, and MA. 


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
East Bay Prisoner Support

Formed in 2007 as an prison abolitionist, anti-authoritarian collective. Write to receive a catalog. Sends free anarchist and other literature to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV only. Focus on queer, trans and women prisoners in any state.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources, Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy and education, GLAD works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status and sexual orientation. As part of this work, GLAD takes very select legal representation on behalf of LGBTQ prisoners. Has a victory in Sept. 2018 achieving transfer of a trans woman to a women's prison in Maine. Also has a New England centered resource guide. Mostly serves people in New England.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Hearts on a Wire

Hearts on a Wire is a grassroots organization working to address the needs of incarcerated transgender people in Pennsylvania prisons. They are a group of trans and gender variant people building a movement for gender self-determination, racial and economic justice, and an end to policing and imprisoning our communities. Offers a free newsletter to incarcerated and detained people. Write to be added to their mailing list.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal carries out its legal work principally through test cases selected for the likelihood of their success in establishing positive legal precedents that will affect LGBT people and those affected by HIV. Lambda Legal recently represented a trans prisoner successfully in a lawsuit against the Texas prison system.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
LGBT Books to Prisoners

Volunteer-run organization that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to LGBT-identified people in prison across the US (except those in TX). Will send books in Spanish (enviar libros en Español). Serves all states except Texas.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Prisoner Correspondence Project

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a solidarity project for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people a part of these same communities outside of prison through a direct-correspondence program Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage. Has pen pals who speak/write French. Serves people nationally.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Sinister Wisdom

Publishes work by lesbians only - prose, poetry, essays, graphics, and book reviews. Free to women in prison. Nationwide.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Provides free legal services to released prisoners who are transgender, intersex, gender nonconforming people who are low-income, and/or people of color. They specialize in providing assistance on name changes, identity documents, public benefits, immigration, shelter and more. Serving individuals in New York area only.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
The Transformative Justice Law Project

TJLP is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination. They provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people in Illinois (only) who are targeted by the criminal legal system. Serves people in Illinois only.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources

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