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
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.