Want to support Bent Bars? Donations Welcome!

The Bent Bars Project is a grassroots organisation that has no regular source of funding. All of our costs (for stamps, stationary, printing, etc) are paid for by collective members, penpal volunteers or through ad hoc fundraising. So we are always grateful for donations no matter how small.  Postage stamps (particularly colourful and pictoral ones) are also welcome. 

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New Bent Bars drop-in sessions and public events:

The Bent Bars Collective has been reviewing our work and we've decided to change the format and frequency of our public meetings and events.  We've decided to have fewer meetings but make them more focussed and informative for our work. From October 2017 onwards, we'll be hosting a public event every three months, based around our work and/or wider issues regarding prisoner justice and LGTBQ communities. Please check the events calendar for full details - which will be posted soon. 

We still want to provide a regular opportunity for people to drop in and say hello, ask questions about being a penpal and find out how to get more involved in the project. So in addition to the special public events, we will also be hosting monthly 'drop-in' sessions, held during our regular collective organising meetings. These drop-in sessions will provide an opportunity for you to come along, find out more about the project and have a chat with us about the work.

The new schedule is below. Full details will be posted on our events calender in due course. 


Thursday 12 October 2017 - Drop-in

Thursday 8 November 2017 - Drop-in

Thursday 14 December 2017 - Holiday Card Mailout 


January 2018 - No meeting 

Thursday 8 February 2018 - Drop-in

Wednesday 7 March 2018 - Film Screening 

Thursday 12 April 2018 - Drop-in

Thursday 10 May 2018 - Drop-in

Thursday 14 June 2018 - Event

Thursday 12 July 2018 - Drop-in

Thursday 9 August 2018 - Drop-in

Thursday 13 September 2018 - Event

Thursday 11 October 2018 - Drop-in

Thursday 8 November 2018 - Drop-in

Thursday 13 December 2018 - Holiday Mailout


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Join us for our August 10th Summer Picnic!

August 10th is Prisoners Justice Day. Traditionally, this is a day to remember all those who have died in custody, and we want to gather together as a community to honour loved ones inside and to support each other and build our collective strength in resisting the harm and violence of prisons.

We will gather from 7-10pm in St. James's Park, London. We'll be in the north east section of the park - not too far from the cafe.  We'll be near a pathway, so that wheelchair users have access.

Please bring some food and/or drink to share if you can. Picnics blankets are also helpful.  

This is a free event, but if you want to bring a donation of postage stamps or money to contribute to our ongoing work, that would be much appreciated. 

Friends, family, partners, children, pets welcome.

See you there!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1941080222802139/



International Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity

22 January 2017 London Vigil

On Sunday 22 January 2017, Bent Bars hosted a candle light vigil outside Pentonville Prison, London, to honour all trans and gender nonconforming people who have died in prison and all those who are currently incarcerated in prisons, secure hospitals, immigration detention and police custody. [Photo credit by: Christopher Bethell.]

For further details, see here

For details on events which happened elsewhere in the UK see here.

For a list of actions and events worldwide, see the link below. You can also download a 'zine of writing by, for, and about trans prisoners. https://transprisoners.net/




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Check out Refuse Powers' Grasp, 21-23 October 2016



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Bent Bars supports the Women & Trans Week of Action Against the Prison Industrial Complex.

Click here for more info / to get involved.

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The Bent Bars Collective has issued a statement in response to public discussion following the recent deaths of two transwomen in prison, Vicky Thompson and Joanne Latham.

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Vicky Thompson in Leeds prison on 13th November 2015 and the death of Joanne Latham in Woodhill prison on 27th November 2015. These apparent suicides, at least one of which was in direct response to being incarcerated in a sexgender inappropriate prison, represent significant losses in our trans* communities. Although we were not in communication with Vicky or Joanne, their situations are familiar to us and have resonances with the experiences of many trans* and sexgender nonconforming people in prison who contact the Bent Bars Project.

We wish to extend our condolences to both Vicky’s and Joanne’s loved ones and to all those affected by their deaths. These are losses that have been felt and mourned across our broad communities.

We are heartened by the public response of concern in the aftermath of these women’s deaths. Too often, issues faced by prisoners are neglected, ignored or sensationalised in the media. So it is crucial that the wider public be made aware of what is happening in our prisons in order for these issues to be properly addressed. At the same time, we feel the focus of discussions needs to be widened to address larger issues surrounding the incarceration of trans* people specifically and the harms of imprisonment more generally...[To continue reading, please click here].

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Bent Bars collective member, Chryssy Hunter spoke at a public screening of the Award-winning film 'Out in the Night' - about the New Jersey Four.

Photo from left to right: Gloria Morrison, Raju Rage, CampbellX, Chryssy Hunter, Stephanie Davis, Eddie Bruce-Jones.

Click here for more details.


About Bent Bars:

The Bent Bars Project is a letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain. The project aims to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities outside and inside prison walls.

Although many overtly homophobic and transphobic laws have been recently overturned in Britain, the criminal justice system continues to target and criminalize queer, trans and gender non-conforming people. We don’t know exactly how many LGBTQ people are currently behind bars, but we do know queer, trans and gender non-conforming people, particularly those from poor backgrounds and communities of colour, are disproportionately funneled into the prison system as a result of systemic discrimination, inequality and social exclusion.  We also know that queer, trans and gender non-conforming people are often subject to increased isolation, harassment, violence and assault when in prison.

Bent Bars aims to work in solidarity with prisoners by sharing resources, providing mutual support and drawing public attention to the struggles of queer and trans people behind bars. 

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