In an unprecedented victory for LGBT representation in mainstream media, Netflix’s popular and highly-acclaimed digital TV series Orange is the New Black features Sophia, a character who is an incarcerated trans woman of color played by the outspoken transgender advocate and actress Laverne Cox. The dramedy portrays the lives of women in an upstate NY prison, a topic with […]
We believe that storytelling is a revolutionary act…
so, we created this space to share the activities and stories of our Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC).
For background, in 2010 the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks published classified U.S. Army intelligence files determined to have been supplied by former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Following her arrest, Manning plead guilty to leaking military information and was convicted of twenty-two related offenses. This debacle, along with her recent coming out as a transgender […]
“A Win For Transgender Prisoners,” by R. Cepeda. There has been a recent victory for transgender prisoners in the New York State Prison system regarding hormone treatment for those with GID (Gender Identity Disorder). In the past, transgender prisoners could not get hormones unless they could prove that they were getting treatment from a doctor […]
At the end of last month, The Private Manning Support Network posted a letter that details Ms. Chelsea Manning’s intentions to fight for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), gender-consistent “real life experience” (RLE) and “sex-reassignment surgery” (SRS) within the correctional facility she will be serving her thirty-five year sentence, the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort […]
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s collective model prioritizes the voices of the people most affected by the systems of violence and oppression we fight daily. This model of community involvement led to the creation of our Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC); a committee of trans, intersex, gender non-conforming people and allies who are currently incarcerated in […]