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. In addition to Mass headquarters, has chapters in Boise, Buffalo, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, NYC, San Diego, and San Francisco.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
East Bay Prisoner Support

Sends free anarchist and other literature to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV. Sends zines to queer, trans and women prisoners in any state. Write to receive a catalog.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
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 handles legal issues involving GLBTQ and HIV positive prisoners.  Will refer out non-New England prison issues. Also has a New England centered resource guide.

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
Lesbian and Gay Insurrection

LAGAI is a grassroots organization doing direct action and education for radical social change from a queer perspective. Produces the bimonthly newspaper “ULTRAVIOLET,” which is free to prisoners.

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).

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Prisoner Correspondence Project

PCP is a collectively run solidarity project based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, intersex, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking them with people who are a part of these same communities outside of prison. Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage. Has pen pals who speak/write French.

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.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center’s Detention Project works to end the abuses transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in prisons, jails, immigration detention, state hospitals, and other forms of detention, and at the hands of law enforcement. Write them concerning TGNC issues, or to obtain copies of their list of available reports and publications including Safety Inside: Problems Faced by Transgender Prisoners and Common Sense Solutions to Them, and Advocating for Yourself While in Custody in California. To learn more about the Detention Project, please contact Detention Project Director, Flor Bermudez.. Detention Project direct line: 510-380-8229 (Inmates and detainees can call Transgender Law Center collect at this line). Hay publicaciones en Español.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources