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.  

Title Resource type Description Produced bysort icon Resource documents
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..

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.

What Are Transgender Men's HIV Prevention Needs? Fact Sheet
Sexual Health
Trans Resources

2-page fact sheet on trans men and HIV

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

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.

Ministry of Justice - 2016 Guidelines on Care and Management of Trans Prisoners
General LGBTQ Support
Trans Resources
Legal Rights

Updated Prison Service Instructions - on the Care and Management of Transgender Prisoners. This document outlines the basic protocols that the Prison and Probation Service should follow when trans people are in custody.

Male Sex Safe Guide
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Basic information on gay sex and safe sex for men.

Aber Pride
Sexually Transmitted Infections Sexual Health

Basic information on STIs.

Aber Pride
Female Safe Sex Guide
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

Basic information on lesbian sex and safer sex.

Aber Pride
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
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
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
Survival in Solitary: A manual written by and for people in control units
General Prisoner Support
Mental Health
International

A 39-page manual on solitary confinement in the USA; includes letters from prisoners on life in a control unit, letters from prisoners on survival; responses from the outside community.

American Friends Service Committee
Worried about someone? (mental health)
Mental Health
Self Harm

A resource from the Counselling Directory on how to respond if you are worried about someone's mental health. 

Counselling Directory UK http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/worried-about-someone.html
Trans Advice Trans Resources

List of service and advice lines relating to trans issues.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
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
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)
Transgender Youth and the Prison Industrial Complex
LGBTQ Prisoners
Trans Resources
International

1 page flowchart illustrating how transgender youth end up emeshed in the prison industrial complex.

FIERCE NYC
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
This is a Prison, Glitter Not Allowed
LGBTQ Prisoners
Trans Resources
International

Report on experiences of trans and gender variant people in Pennsylvania's Prison System

Hearts on a Wire Collective (USA)
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
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/
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
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
Miscarriages of Justice - Resource List General Prisoner Support

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

Innocence Network UK
Innocence Network UK
General Prisoner Support
Legal Rights

Umbrella organisation for member innocence projects in universities

Innocence Network UK (INUK)
Prison Rules & Regulations
General Prisoner Support
Legal Rights

Inside Time online database for searching prison regulations.

Inside Time / Inside Information
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
Prisons and Closets
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

Narrative about experience of prison

Jason Lyndon
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
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
Young People's tips for coming out Coming Out/LGBT Identity

Tips for coming out regarding how, where when and to who tell about the decision

LGBTyouth
Building Bridges
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support

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

Lin Elliot
Coming Out stories
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Coming out narratives of different LGBT people

London Gay Fundation
Why do I have to be gay?
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
General LGBTQ Support

Brief description of therapies available for LGBT and brief remark against adversion therapy

London Gay Fundation
LGBT Helpline List General LGBTQ Support

Online searchable database of LGBT organisations

London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
Support for Prisoners Facing Miscarriages of Justice General Prisoner Support

2 pages of information about accessing support from Innocence UK.

Miscarriage of Justice Organisation
Supporting someone who has disclosed sexual abuse or assault (NHS)
Mental Health
Sexual Health

How to respond when someone discloses that the have been sexually abused or assaulted

NHS http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2487.aspx?CategoryID=118&SubCategoryID=124
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
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
Safe Tattoing
Safer Tattooing
International

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

PASAN
Tattooing & You: The safeguards within prison
Safer Tattooing
International

Two-page guide to safer tattooing in prison.

PASAN
Taking care of your body and mind
Self Harm
International

Two-page pamphlet for dealing with self-harm issues: tips for safer slashing and cutting; alternatives, what to do if you need medical care.

PASAN
Prisoner Support Directory
General Prisoner Support
International

24 page directory of US prisoner support organisations.

Prison Activist Resource Centre
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
The Word is Out
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

10 page newsletter of the prisoner correspondence project.

Prisoner Correspondence Project
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)