LBGTQ

Updated 2021

Please bear in mind that the bulk of the information in this guide is actually on the Internet. A short summary of each website clipped out for this list does not even begin to do each entry justice, and many of the items on this list actually contain further lists. The number of prisoner resources out there are mind boggling, so don't be afraid to use Google if there is something you have in mind.

A caveat to this list is that this is the age of COVID 19. Many of these sites are temporarily closed or scaled back for the duration of the pandemic. They are included in this list anyway in anticipation of better days.

Computers connected to the Internet are not generally available in prisons, so it is up to friends, family, and advisers to dig out the needed information from each website, or to shoot off emails where needed.

Finally, there are no websites that require money or a login to access. If you encounter any problems with this list, feel free to contact Helen.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

https://www.astraeafoundation.org/
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
212.529.8021
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THE ASTRAEA LESBIAN FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

Black and Pink

https://www.blackandpink.org/
2406 Fowler Ave Suite 316, Omaha, NE 68111
(531) 466-3346
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WE FIGHT TO ABOLISH PRISONS.
WE FIGHT FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.

Black and Pink was founded in 2005 and is a national prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.
Black and Pink is a national organization with a strong grassroots network of 13 volunteer-led chapters and more than 20,000 current and formerly incarcerated LGBTQIAS2+ and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) members located across the country.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

https://womenprisoners.org/
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
4400 Market St.
Oakland, CA 94608

L.A. Chapter
PO Box 291585
Los Angeles, CA 90029
415-255-7036 ext. 4
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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 (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.

We want the abolition of a prison system whose purpose is punishment, control and the warehousing of human beings, the majority of whom are people of color and poor. We work for a society where education rather than incarceration is the priority, where investment goes to jobs not jails, where sexual violence is not tolerated, where human rights are a reality for all people.

Center for Constitutional Rights

https://ccrjustice.org/
666 Broadway
7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Main: 212-614-6464

What We Do
Issues
     Abusive Immigration Practices
     Corporate Human Rights Abuses
     Criminalizing Dissent
     Discriminatory Policing
     Drone Killings
     Government Surveillance
     Guantanamo
     LGBTQI Persecution
     Mass Incarceration
     Muslim Profiling
     Palestinian Solidarity
     Racial Injustice
     Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
     Torture, War Crimes, & Militarism

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

https://chicagobwp.org/
4511 N Hermitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
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Who We Are
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people nationwide, focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people. We are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.

Currently we send books to state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all federal prisons. We do not send books to jails and other short-term facilities outside Chicago.

We are happy to make our home at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, but please note that we are not affiliated with the church or any other organization.

East Bay Prisoner Support

https://eastbayprisonersupport.wordpress.com/
East Bay Prisoner Support
PO BOX 22449
Oakland, CA 94609
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East Bay Prisoner Support formed in 2007 as an prison abolitionist, anti-authoritarian collective. We establish solidarity with prisoners by providing free, radical political literature that is otherwise largely inaccessible behind prison walls. Our primary projects include distributing decolonial, queer liberation, anti-capitalist, black, brown and indigenous oriented literature to prisoners by request. We also send an abundance of resource guides relevant to the many struggles and needs that prisoners have. When possible, we strive to participate in local events as well as fundraising for prisoners who are a part of the struggle against all forms of domination.

If you send in a periodical to prisons, we encourage you to include our address below in your next publication so that people on the inside have an opportunity to request one of our catalogs.

Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

https://fepps.org/
918 S Horton St #912
Seattle, WA 98134
206-729-2480
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FEPPS provides a rigorous college program for incarcerated women, trans-identified and gender nonconforming people in Washington and creates pathways to higher education after students are released from prison. Our goals are to increase FEPPS students’ economic and personal empowerment, contribute to family stability and reduce recidivism through college education.

FEPPS offers seven classroom-based college and pre-college courses per quarter at the Washington Corrections Center for Women culminating in an Associate of Arts degree. Students can also attend three weekly study halls, a monthly lecture series, student workshops, teacher trainings, and a library maintained by FEPPS at the prison. All classes are taught by professors with an MA or Ph.D. from top schools in the state such as:
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma College
Pacific Lutheran Universty
The Evergreen State College
Unversity of Washington

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

GLAD
http://www.glad.org/
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
18 Tremont, Suite 950
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617.426.1350
Fax: 617.426.3594
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact us for free and confidential information, assistance, and referrals.

To keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic, we have temporarily limited phone coverage in our office. Choose Email below for the quickest response at this time. You can also leave a voicemail (800-455-GLAD) and we will respond within two weeks. Translation is available.

What do people contact us about? Questions like
How do I change the gender on my identification documents?
Can I keep my HIV status private?
Am I eligible for Social Security survivor benefits?

Know Your Rights

Look through our online resources for information about LGBTQ and HIV rights across New England and beyond.

Transgender ID Project

Transgender people in New England seeking to update their legal name and gender on federal and state documents can receive free legal representation this program.

Hearts on a Wire

https://www.heartsonawire.org/
Hearts on a Wire
1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartsOnAWire

Hearts on a Wire is a grassroots inside/outside prison advocacy organization working to address the needs of transgender people in Pennsylvania’s prisons. We are building a movement for gender self-determination, racial and economic justice, and an end to the policing and imprisoning of our communities.

Justice Now

https://www.justicenow.org/
1322 Webster St, Ste 208 Oakland, Ca 94612
(510) 839-7654
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Mission: Justice Now was launched in 2000 with a vision of working with people in women’s prisons and collaborating with local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Our mission is to end violence against women, trans, and gender non-binary people, and to work to dismantle the prison industrial complex as a whole. We fulfill this mission in several ways. We support the peer organizing efforts in women’s prisons by bringing healthcare providers and community activists inside to work with prisoner peer educators. We collaborate with people on the inside to produce human rights reports on prison abuses. We provide direct legal services to people throughout the state of California, and are one of the only organizations with expertise on compassionate release -- a legal remedy allowing for the early release of terminally ill or permanently incapacitated individuals. We strive to build coalitions to create safe, healthy communities for women and LGBTQI folks, and aim to foster systems of individual accountability rather than punishment. We also train the next generation of activist lawyers and community organizers committed to working toward social justice.

Lambda Legal

https://www.lambdalegal.org/
If you are an LGBT person in crisis, please contact a crisis hotline. If you feel like you are in danger, please contact your local authorities.
GLBT National Hotline:
888.843.4564
https://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html
Youth
GLBT National Youth Talkline
800.246.PRIDE
http://www.glbthotline.org/
LGBTQ+(Trevor Project)
866.488.7386
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
Seniors
GBLT National Senior Hotline:
888.234.7243
https://www.glbthotline.org/senior.html
Transgender, non-binary, and gender-questioning people
Trans Lifeline
877.565.8860
https://www.translifeline.org/hotline

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we do not charge our clients for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding. We depend on contributions from supporters around the country.
What We Do
Impact Litigation

We select cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.
Education

We lead high-impact public education campaigns to help people exercise the rights they have and to build public support for equality.
Public Policy

We advocate for public policy at the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of LGBT people, people affected by HIV, and their families and allies.
Read more about the work we do on our blog.

LGBT Books to Prisoners

https://lgbtbookstoprisoners.org/
c/o Social Justice Center Incubator
1202 Williamson St., Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703
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We are a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization based in Madison, WI that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. We have been doing this for over 10 years and have sent books to over 9,000 people in that time.

Midwest Trans Prisoner Pen Pal Project

https://mwtppp.wordpress.com/
https://mwtppp.wordpress.com/become-a-pen-pal/

MWTPPP
c/o Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55404
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The Midwest Trans Prisoner Pen Pal Project (MWTPPP) started as a support project for CeCe McDonald and other transgender, gender non-conforming prisoners in Minnesota. Since then, we’ve expanded to include the Midwest region. MWTPPP seeks to connect Midwest-based incarcerated trans/gender non-conforming people with other trans/gender non-conforming and allied community member pen pals for friendship. This project was initially launched to reach out to transgender prisoners who are placed in lock down (administrative segregation) but we recognize the isolating and unsafe conditions for prisoners no matter what their situation. We accept pen pal requests across the LGBTQI spectrum.

Are you interested in writing a pen pal in prison? Check out the following options. No matter what you choose, we recommend you read Write to Win’s Tips for Penpals and the Prisoner Correspondence Projects FAQ.

You can write to a pen pal from wherever you are by choosing someone on out wait list. There is a long list of people waiting for a pen pal. When you find someone on the list to write to, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will take that person off the wait list. You can correspond using your own home address or you can use the Boneshaker Books address and pick up any letters for you there. Its up to you and what would make you comfortable or be easiest. Please specify your intention when you email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will notice our online pen pal list includes the Prisoners name, DOC#, Prison Name, Prison Address, Chosen Name, About the Pen Pal, and Looking For. The About and Looking For columns are a summary of what the pen pal wrote about in their letter. If a pen pal mentioned their gender identity or sexual orientation, that is listed in the About column.

Prisoner Correspondence Project

https://prisonercorrespondenceproject.com/
Prisoner Correspondence Project
QPIRG Concordia c/o Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montreal QC H3G 1M8
CANADA
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The Prisoner Correspondence Project started in 2007 in Montreal by taking on a handful of surplus letters from another organization and committing to finding them penpals. Since then it has grown exponentially as word travels inside prisons. The project is run by an all-volunteer group. An outside collective of about 6-10 people answers letters, sends resources inside, and compiles the newsletter. An inside advisory committee of 4-8 people helps choose newsletter themes, reviews new resources to be added, and offers general feedback on the functioning of the project.

One question that we often field is why we focus on LGBT prisoners. On one hand, LGBT prisoners face an intensification of many of the issues faced by all prisoners: exposure to violence and sexual violence, mailroom surveillance and censorship, medical neglect, lack of safer sex information or materials, and a profound isolation from friends, families, chosen families, and other networks of support. For a deeper understanding of the issues faced, check out Black and Pink’s excellent report Coming Out of Concrete Closets.

On the other hand, we view it as an opportunity to draw the wider LGBT community into prison justice organizing. We believe we can build on gay liberation legacies to work in solidarity with a larger prison justice movement. We are guided by a commitment to community support, a deep and historic suspicion of policing and surveillance, the belief that personal relationships are an integral part of consciousness building, and an unyielding dedication to sexual and gender self-determination.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

https://srlp.org/
147 W 24th St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-337-8550
Fax: 212-337-1972

SRLP provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color in three main areas. We have three projects and, if your issue falls under one of our projects, we may be able to help you. If we can’t represent you, we can provide referrals and information on a wide range of issues affecting transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Survival & Self Determination Project
Immigrant Justice Project
Prisoner Justice Project

The Prisoner Justice Project has partnered with other organizations to provide litigation services in the past, however, due to our size and the number of individuals we serve we are generally unable to engage in litigation.

TGI Justice

http://www.tgijp.org/
Mailing Address:
370 Turk St #370
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-554-8491
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TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people–inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers–creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.
What We Do

Direct Legal Services for Decarceration &
​Re-housing
Emergency COVID-19 Housing
Black Trans Leadership Development
Legal Advocacy & Legislative Lobbying

The Transformative Justice Law Project

http://tjlp.org/
Transformative Justice Law Project
203 N. Lasalle,
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 558 1472
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The 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.

Prison abolition is a movement to create lasting alternatives to punishment-based institutions such as prisons, jails, juvenile, immigrant, and military detention centers. Gender self- determination means having control over our own gender identities, free from limitation. Transformative Justice seeks to resist state- run responses to violence (such as the police state and systems of punishment, detention, and incarceration) and instead promotes support, compassion, dialogue and community building. In this way, reliance on violent and oppressive State level systems is transformed and replaced with community empowerment.

Legal Services
We 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.

Name Change Mobilization
Our goal is simple: we want to help as many people as possible legally change their names as part of our long-term goal of gender self-determination for all, free of government limitation.

Hidden Expressions
Hidden Expressions is an annual ‘zine publication created exclusively with the contributions, wisdom, and creativity of transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been or are currently incarcerated.

Felony Name Change Challenge

In May 2019, TJLP and our pro bono partners at Greenberg Traurig, LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an Illinois law that prohibits people with certain criminal convictions from changing their legal names.

Transgender Law Center

https://transgenderlawcenter.org/
Transgender Law Center
PO Box 70976
Oakland, CA 94612-0976
phone: 510.587.9696
collect line for people in prison and detention: 510.380.8229

About
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.

Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project

https://bit.ly/3rKxsNa
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
116 East 16th Street,
7th Floor,
New York, NY 10003
P: 1.212.529.8021
F: 1.212.982.3321
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TGIJP was founded in 2004 with the mission to challenge and end human rights abuses against transgender, gender variant and intersex people, especially transgender women, in California prisons and beyond. While TGIJP has done some legal work for intersex individuals caught within the prison industrial complex, its leadership team has long wanted to expand its work in this area to fully realize its name and mission. In 2014, an intersex individual joined the TGIJP’s core volunteer team. TGIJP is now working to increase the visibility of intersex issues in their current programming (e.g. publishing information in their newsletter and raising intersex issues with current allies); conducting internal education for staff, core leadership and members; developing collaborative relationships with intersex organizations; and conducting outreach to identify imprisoned intersex people, share information and support their ability to self-advocate and self-organize.

WHERE
USA- California- San Francisco
Issue Area
Anti-Criminalization and Freedom from Violence, Trans Human Rights

Tranzmission Prison Books Project

https://tranzmission.org/programs/prison-project/
P.O. Box 1874
Asheville, NC, 28802

Tranzmission Prison Project sends books to GLBTQI prisoners across the United States. Due to profiling, prejudice, and marginalization GLBTQI people are incarcerated at higher rates than other populations. Transgender and gender variant people experience higher rates of unemployment and homelessness. This number increases exponentially if a person is not white, or from a family above working class. Often the only sources of income stem from criminalized activities. While strides are being made in many areas of inequality, we still feel compelled to support those who have been ignored and left behind.

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