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 was founded in 2009, responding to a clear need to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities inside and outside prison walls.
Bent Bars aims to work in solidarity with prisoners by organising pen-pal matches, sharing resources, providing mutual support and drawing public attention to the struggles of queer and trans people behind bars.
In this introductory talk, we’ll give some background to the project, talking about what we do and why we do it. We’ll talk about the importance of letter writing as a form of solidarity, as well as answering some frequently asked questions about writing letters.
You’ll then be invited to sign up as a penpal, and attend a workshop later in the festival where we’ll talk you through writing your first letter.
If you would like to attend the letter writing workshop on April 24, you will need to have attended this talk.
Please note: This event is open to all, but only LGBTQIA+ people can sign up to be pen pals through the Bent Bars Project
Content warning: Incarceration of queer people
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