if this is deemed inappropriate for one reason or another, let me know and i will delete it.
this is currently incomplete. will update this ASAP. please suggest stuff to add if you think of something.
Note: Some of the stuff that's listed may be triggering for survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse, recovering drug addicts.
these are notes from a workshop on Trans & Queer Prisoners Support that i went to tonight at the DC Infoshop. i got there late, so i don't have everything written down.
Criminalization of Trans & Queer People
(in no particular order)
- Personal and institutional transphobia & heterosexism in/from/with police, courts, etc.
- Lack of protection against discrimination
- Laws against sex work
- Lack of safety in public schools
- Penalties from past convictions
- Lack of relevant / sensitive services
- Lack of accessible shelters / emergency housing
- Criminalization of poverty
- Lack of affordable housing
- Criminalization of public sex
- Homophobic & Transphobic violence
- Criminalization of HIV-related behavior
- War On Drugs
- War On Terror
- Lack of health care
these are notes on Trans & Queer Prisoners Support and why it's important. again, these are incomplete, and i will update the list ASAP. feel free to suggest things that you think i should add.
Trans & Queer Prisoners and Supporting them
- Isolation from other queer & trans people in society [outside of prison]
- Lack of health care access (hormones, HIV meds, other meds, psych counseling, etc)
- Sexual violence
- Physical violence (
- Gender inappropriate housing
- Lack of conjugal visits
- Discrimination in legal representation, juries, judges
Lastly, here's a (possibly incomplete) list of things that those of us @ the Infoshop workshop tonight were considering, regarding setting up a group for supporting trans & queer prisoners.
Queer- & Trans-specific re-entry programs [[which I'm assuming means re-entry into mainstream society from prison]]
Queering prison abolition / prison support work (bringing queer- & trans- specific info)
Push for queer & trans healthcare in prisons
Education/Outreach in LGBTQ communities on prison issues
Penpals, Books, Info, Literature, Condoms/Safer Sex Info
Restriction of prisoners' access to certain things that the prisons [administrative/faculty people?] are against (mail)
Any kind of queer- and trans- related prisoners info, general prisoners support info, prison (and prisoner) statistics, anything like that that you can provide will be very much appreciated!! Thanks in advance!