LGBTQI

  • Black and Pink - A volunteer organization that lists queer and transgender prisoners 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.

  • California Coalition for Women Prisoners - CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex. CCWP also visits women prisoners in CA and produces a newsletter "The Fire Inside," free to women prisoners.

  • 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 them to receive a catalog. 

  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders - HIV and LGBT prison issues, has New England centered resource guide. Will refer out non-New England prison issues.

  • Lesbian AIDS Project - Provides HIV prevention education and early intervention, to meet the concrete needs, and to increase the standard of care and access for HIV-positive and at risk women.

  • The Network/La RED Ending Abuse in Lesbian, Bisexual Women's and Transgender Communities - Services include confidential hotline, emergency shelter, advocacy, and free support groups for lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender folks fleeing domestic violence. Hotline number: 617-423-SAFE

  • Prison Book Program - Does not send books to CA, MA, MD, MI, PA, KY, LA, NV or TX.  Offers a free 6-page National Prisoner Resource List and 40-page "We the People" legal primer. Allows two book shipments per year.  Takes 3 to 6 months.  

  • Prisoner Correspondence Project - Prisoner Correspondence Project (PCP) is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people who are a part of these same communities outside of prison. Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage.

  • 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. We specialize in providing assistance on name changes, identity documents, public benefits, immigration, shelter and more. Available only in NY and surrounding areas.

  • Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois - 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 targeted by the criminal legal system. TJLP takes referrals from organizations or through word of mouth. Please write for details.

  • Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project - The TGI Justice Project works primarily with transgender prisoners and formerly incarcerated transgender people in California, and sends out their "Stiletto Prison Newsletter"; "Surviving Prison in California-Advice By and For Transgender Women"; and their very informative 72-page "Still We Rise-Prison Resource Guide" to all TGI prisoners. TGI also supports TGI prisoners being released to the San Francisco Bay Area, and are part of a broader movement fighting for racial and social justice.

  • Tranzmission Prison Books Project - Offers free books and resources to LGBT inmates.

  • Women's Prison Book Project - Women's Prison Book Project (WPBP) provides women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women's health. Women prisoners only and no jail requests. WPBP also has a free resource guide for women and trans prisoners and a newsletter which publishes prisoner articles.

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