Though this blog is was originally intended as a resource for offenders in Massachusetts, much of what I write about is applicable to sex offenders in every other state and many countries around the world, especially in Western Europe. Even other non-sex offenders trying to navigate prison, probation and parole, or employment and education opportunities can glean relevant information from this blog and apply it to help overcome their own struggles.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Boston Based - Supporting LGBTQ Prisoners, Probationers, The Court-Involved, and The Policed

A friend of mine shared with me the work of Black and Pink, whose mission statement is as follows:
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.
The founder of Black and Pink, Jason Lydon, is a 30-year-old Unitarian minister who became galvanized by his own arrest for leading an antiwar demonstration at a military base a few years ago.  He served six months in federal prison.  This inspired him to found Black and Pink, which is dedicated to support for LGBT prisoners and the eventual erasure of the American prison system as we know it. 

In Boston on Saturday April 27th from 10a-5p will be "The Summit", a gathering of formerly incarcerated, convicted, policed, and court-involved LGBTQ in New England.