“This is a Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed”

I recently learned about a Pennsylvania-based collective  called Hearts on a Wire, a group formed in 2007 to address the policing and incarceration of trans and gender variant individuals.

Hearts on a Wire just released a report called “This is Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed: Experiences of Trans and Gender Variant People in Pennsylvania’s Prison Systems.” The report is available for free here.

It’s obvious that an amazing amount of work went into this project – there are copious footnotes, as well as charts and graphs detailing the responses of 59 survey participants (all of whom identified as transgender or gender variant and were either currently incarcerated or recently released from prison).

A sidebar on the report reads, “The intersection of racial profiling and gender policing places transgender and gender variant communities of color at amplified risk of going to prison.” Reading the report is an excellent way to begin to figure out how you too can show solidarity/fight these racist & transphobic practices.


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