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

2-page fact sheet on trans men and HIV

Tranzmission
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
Sexual Health

Information about book programs and pen pals in USA, names and contact details of LGBT organisations in the USA

Tranzmission
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
Trans Advice Trans Resources

List of service and advice lines relating to trans issues.

Equality and Human Rights Commission
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)
The Word is Out
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

10 page newsletter of the prisoner correspondence project.

Prisoner Correspondence Project
The Queer, Feminist and Trans Politics of Prison Abolition
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners

41 pages.

Prisoners Justice Action Committee
The Manual Sexual Health

A gay men's guide to sexually transmitted infections.

Terrence Higgins TrustDetailed information on safer gay sex for men.
The Bottom Line
General LGBTQ Support
Sexual Health

"All you'll need to know about his arse and yours." A detailed guide for men on safer sex practices - focussed on anal health. Fourth Edition.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Ten Reasons to Fight the Prison Industrial Complex using a Queer/Trans Analysis
General LGBTQ Support
General Prisoner Support
LGBTQ Prisoners
Trans Resources

13 page analysis of why queer/trans communities should oppose the use of prison.

Sam
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
Surviving Prison in California: Advice by and for Transgender Women
Trans Resources
International

A collection of peer-generated information on navigating prison for trans women. This resource is specific to the California (USA) prison system, but may be useful to trans women prisoners elsewhere.

TGI Justice Project
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
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
Supporting someone who has been sexually abused (Survive)
Sexual Health
Mental Health

Guidance from Survive an organisation that provides support to survivors of rape and sexual assault in York and North Yorkshire

Survive http://survive-northyorks.org.uk/support-for-friends-partners/
Support for Prisoners Facing Miscarriages of Justice General Prisoner Support

2 pages of information about accessing support from Innocence UK.

Miscarriage of Justice Organisation
Sexually Transmitted Infections Sexual Health

Basic information on STIs.

Aber Pride
Self Harm Website
Mental Health
Self Harm

A website with advice and support for young people affected by self-harm. See www.self-harm.co.uk

selfharm.co.uk
Safer Sex for Transguys
Sexual Health
Trans Resources

8 page zine on safer sex for transguys across the whole spectrum.

Trannywood Pictures
Safe Tattoing
Safer Tattooing
International

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

PASAN
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)
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
Ready for Action

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

Terrence Higgins Trust
Prisons and Closets
Coming Out/LGBT Identity
LGBTQ Prisoners
International

Narrative about experience of prison

Jason Lyndon
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)
Prisoner Support Directory
General Prisoner Support
International

24 page directory of US prisoner support organisations.

Prison Activist Resource Centre
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
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
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

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..

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
Non-Specific Urethritis Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on NSU aimed at men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Miscarriages of Justice - Resource List General Prisoner Support

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

Innocence Network UK
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
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
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.

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.

LGV Sexual Health

6 page pamphlet on LGV aimed at gay men.

Terrence Higgins Trust
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
LGBT Helpline List General LGBTQ Support

Online searchable database of LGBT organisations

London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
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
Innocence Network UK
General Prisoner Support
Legal Rights

Umbrella organisation for member innocence projects in universities

Innocence Network UK (INUK)
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)
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