MEDIA ADVISORY: 10.21.15 at 1pm EST – Press teleconference to discuss historic national report detailing experiences of LGBTQ prisoners


Press Teleconference: Largest Ever Survey of LGBTQ Prisoners Highlights Violence and Resilience in New Report

Contact:Jason Lydon, Black and Pink

Jason@blackandpink.org 617-519-4387

What: Press teleconference to discuss historic national report detailing experiences of LGBTQ prisoners

Black and Pink is releasing its report: Coming Out of Concrete Closets, a comprehensive analysis of the largest ever national survey of LGBTQ prisoners. The release of the report will directly follow an historic gathering of formerly incarcerated LGBTQ leaders from across the country that began Friday, October 16 and concluded on Sunday, October 18. This collection of information is possible because of the time taken by 1,118 prisoners across the United States to handwrite responses to our 133-question survey, which was itself designed/drafted with prisoners themselves. Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal says, “Black and Pink’s report exposes a pipeline of prejudice that leads to high incarceration rates of LGBTQ people, and it gives voice to the crisis proportions of abuse and violence inflicted on LGBTQ people in American prisons.”

When: Wednesday, October 21, 20151 PM EST/ 10 AM PST

Who: Advocates with Black and Pink

Speakers will include:

Jason Lydon, National Director

Kamaria Carrington, Co-Author of Report

Ashley Diamond, Formerly Incarcerated Member

Where: Conference Call Line: 1-712-832-8300

Participant Access Code: 6874160

Why: Despite a growing acceptance for LGBTQ people, the continuance and expansion of state violence targeting LGBTQ people causes alarm and a need for action.

LGBTQ people, particularly people of color and poor people, experience high levels of policing and criminalization, leading to arrest and incarceration. Once inside prison, LGBTQ people are subjected to constant violence by both prison staff and other prisoners. The report highlights multiple key findings including:

  • 85% of respondents have spent time in solitary confinement, nearly half have spent over two years in isolation.
  • Respondents were 6 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general prison population.
  • 3% of transgender, nonbinary gender, and Two‐Spirit respondents are currently taking hormones in prison, while an overwhelming 44% report being denied access to hormones they requested.
  • 58% of respondents were arrested for the first time when they were under 18

This report seeks to offer a tool for organizers and advocates, both inside and outside of prisons, to strengthen national campaigns and grassroots efforts to alleviate the immediate suffering of prisoners and bring an end to the prison industrial complex while centering the needs of LGBTQ prisoners.


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