Online Resource Library

Welcome to the Bent Bars Online Resource Library! One of the aims of the Bent Bars Project is to collect and distribute resources that are relevant for LGBTQ people inside prison. We also aim to provide information more broadly about issues affecting LGBTQ prisoners. In order to make these resources more widely-accessible, we have created this online resource library, so you can download and print any of our resources. If you have resources to share, please let us know so we can add them to the library.

Important Notice: Please note that we take a harm reduction approach to issues of safer sex, drug use and self-harm. This means that we believe it is important to provide reliable, accurate and non-judgemental information so people can make informed decisions about their own health and well being. However, sending some of these materials can be risky for your penpal, particularly if the person is not 'out' in prison about their sexuality or about other issues (such as HIV status, drug use history, self-harm issues, etc).

***Please always check with your penpal before sending in any resources.***

To use the resource list: You can either scroll through the entire list to see all the resources or you can select a specific "Resource Type" on the drop-down menu, and click apply to filter for those results.  

Titlesort icon Resource type Description Produced by Resource documents

4 Struggle Magazine
General Prisoner Support
International

Regular online and print magazine - covering news and analysis by political prisoners in Canada and the US. Magazine available here.

http://4strugglemag.org/ http://4strugglemag.org/
50 Things You Should Know About HIV and Safer Sex
Sexual Health
International

Single sheet list of facts about HIV. Non-gender specific.

Journeyworks Publishing
Be Kind To Your Veins: A guide to caring for your veins while fixing in prison
Safer Drug Use
International

Safer drug use guide for prisoners: info on vein care, where to shoot, germs and other complications.

PASAN
Below the Belt
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

"A gay men's guide to cocks and balls" - includes sexual health information. Fourth Edition. 

Terrence Higgins Trust
Building Bridges
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support

Short article providing a brief overview of the experience of being queer in prison.

Lin Elliot
Check it Out: Trans men and pap tests
Sexual Health
Trans Resources
International

Website with information about cervical health for trans men, including tips for health care providers providing paps to trans men. Canadian-based website but info is useful more broadly. Check it Out here.

Chlamydia Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on chlamydia aiimed at men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Coming Out
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Safe tips for coming out and relate to others in a very simple and funy way

Aberpride
Coming out
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Tips for coming out to yourself, family, friends and others

Queery
Coming out
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Information and support for coming out. Includes link to area-specific resources. See Stonewall's webpage on coming out.

Stonewall
Coming Out Resource Guide for African Americans
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support
Mental Health
Sexual Health
International

Information for African Americans on coming out. Includes information about religion, films, culture, black pride, books, websites and hot lines. USA-based but also more broadly relevant.

Human Rights Foundation
Coming Out Resources - THT
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Terrence Higgins Trust "coming out" webpage which provides information on coming out - mostly geared towards young gay men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Coming Out stories
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Coming out narratives of different LGBT people

London Gay Fundation
Coming Out to your parents
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Tips for coming out to parents and how to prepare for their reactions in 10 different stages

Tom Sauerman & PFLAG Philadelphia
Exhibit A - General Prisoner Support

Exhibit A makes zines about prisoners - available from 56A info shop; we have No 4 on file which includes an article about the Campaign for Gay Prisoners (Guardian 2005)

Exhibit A
Female Safe Sex Guide
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Basic information on lesbian sex and safer sex.

Aber Pride
Four in Ten 2011 Newsletter
General LGBTQ Support
Mental Health
Trans Resources

Four in Ten was born out of the common desire to create an inclusive and free space where LGBT people living with mental health problems could meet in peace to discuss our concerns, express our emotions and socialise without fear of prejudice and rejection by the community. We chose the name Four in Ten as this is the approximate number of LGBT people who experience mental health problems, a figure that is higher than for the non LGBT population.  Four in Ten was set up, and is run by, LGBT service users and all decisions are made by the group as a whole; there is no hierarchy. We have close links with the wider LGBT community and the mental health survivor/user movement. 

Four In Ten
Gender Anarky
LGBTQ Prisoners
Trans Resources
International

A 19-page zine around the struggle for transsexual medical treatment in U.S. prisons. Spring 2009. Available from the Queer Zine Archive Project: http://www.qzap.org/

Gender Anarky
Gonorrhoea Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on gonorrhoea aiimed at men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Herpes Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on herpes aimed at men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
HIV Prevention and Transgender People - Resource list
Sexual Health
Trans Resources

A webpage from HIV-InSite with a links to research on HIV prevention and transgender people. Includes academic articles, policy documents, best-practice guides and other resources.

HIV InSite, University of California, San Francisco
How do I tell my parents?
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Information for parents and LGBT sons and daughters about coming out

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLG)
I think I might be a lesbian - what do I do now?
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Practical information for young lesbians and questioning women. Includes info on how to meet others, safer sex, support and well-being.

Advocates for Youth
I think I might be bisexual what do I do now?
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Practical information for young bisexual people,Practical information for young bisexual and questioning people. Includes info on how to meet others, safer sex, support and well-being.

Advocates for Youth
Imprisoned Pride
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

A 31-page document on how queer and trans prisoners get written out of mainstream pride movements. Includes writing by LGBTQ prisoners in North America.

Prisoner Correspondence Project (Monreal)
Innocence Network UK
General Prisoner Support
Legal Rights

Umbrella organisation for member innocence projects in universities

Innocence Network UK (INUK)
Keeping Fit: Prisoners Guide to Syringe Care
Safer Drug Use
International

Notes on how to reduce risks of HIV and HepC infection if using needles in prison.

PASAN
LGBT Helpline List General LGBTQ Support

Online searchable database of LGBT organisations

London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
LGBT Support Resources List General LGBTQ Support

Terrence Higgins Trust webpage which provides a general list of UK groups providing LGBTQ support (not prisoner specific).

Terrence Higgens Trust
LGV Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on LGV aimed at gay men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
List of Penpal Services in Britain General Prisoner Support

A list of general (i.e. non-LGBTQ specific) prisoner penpal projects in Britian. Available upon request.

Lockdown: prison, repression and gender nonconformity
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
Trans Resources
International

A 22-page zine analysing the enforced gender segregation and classification in prisons as well as strategies for resistance.

LockedOut - Resources for LGBTQ prisoners in the USA
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

Locked Out is a directory / resource list for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer prisoners in the U.S.A. which is updated annually.  Here's the 2012 edition: http://zinelibrary.info/lockedout-2012

Prison Book Project, Amhurst, Mass. USA
Male Sex Safe Guide
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Basic information on gay sex and safe sex for men.

Aber Pride
Miscarriages of Justice - Resource List General Prisoner Support

Website with list of organisations fighting miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions

Innocence Network UK
Non-Specific Urethritis Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on NSU aimed at men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Out of the closets and into the libraries
General LGBTQ Support
International

List of LGBT organisations from the Lesbian Advengers to Gay Activist Aliance and history about LGBT rights suchs as Stonewall or the Holocaust

the bangarang collective
Outreach LGBTQ Resources
General LGBTQ Support
Trans Resources

List of different LGBTQ organisations related to such diverse topics as housing, age, trans support, religion, friendship, HIV, etc..

Primed: The Back Pocket Guide for Trans Men and the Men Who Dig Them
Sexual Health
Trans Resources

32-page resource for transmen about sexual health, sexually transmitted infections and HIV-prevention

Prison Abolition Is A Queer Issue
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners

A 1-page list of ten reasons queer activists should work to abolish prisons.

Justice Now
Prison Regime Information General Prisoner Support

Up-to-date info about individual prisons including address, phone number, prison category; operational capacity; programmes, etc. See InsideTime Webpage.

Inside Time / Inside Information
Prison Rules & Regulations
General Prisoner Support
Legal Rights

Inside Time online database for searching prison regulations.

Inside Time / Inside Information
Prisoner Support Directory
General Prisoner Support
International

24 page directory of US prisoner support organisations.

Prison Activist Resource Centre
Prisoners Advice Service General Prisoner Support

Provides legal advice and information to prisoners in England and Wales regarding their rights, the application of prison rules and conditions of imprisonment; produces a quarterly bulletin; provides information in English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Russian, Polish

Prisoners Advice Service (PAS)
Prisons and Closets
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

Narrative about experience of prison

Jason Lyndon
Ready for Action

28 page booklet on HIV transmission during gay sex for men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Resource guide to coming out
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health
International

Information about coming out based on values of personal freedom and courage as well as individual testimonies

Human Rights Foundation
Risk
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

A 3-page collection of writing about risks faced by queer prisoners.

Prisoner Correspondence Project (Montreal)
Safe Tattoing
Safer Tattooing
International

General guide on getting tattoos (not specific to prison).

PASAN