Darkness in Missouri

My brothers and sisters of QI, I write to you from the depths of a dark chasm called the Missouri Department of Corrections.  My name is Patricia and I am a 57 year old Transgender woman confined forever in the men’s maximum security prison in Jefferson City.

I am a member of Black and Pink, TGI Justice Project and the National Lawyers Guild. I do what I can to counsel and educate other LGBTQ inmates here and throughout the system, but my team and I can only do so much from the “inside’. There are NO LGBTQ groups in Missouri working to advocate or educate the incarcerated LGBTQ Community.  I have contacted a lot of the Missouri groups only to receive no reply to my impassioned pleas! They seem not to understand or care that there are 100’s of LGBTQ inmates in Missouri who are suffering, alone and forgotten by those in the Free World, voiceless and unheard as they scream into the night.  Out of state groups try to help but often months pass before a reply is received.

It is for this reason I send you this letter.  It is my plea, my impassioned hope that I can convince QI [subscribers] to use the internet, social media etc to put out a call to action. No one is asking anyone for financial assistance, sex letters or a pen pal. What we are asking for is a Partnership for Change.  We know all too well the Power of Free World voices.  I have watched too many of our people die from poor medical care, spend years in the hole or even denied access to GED classes because the administration or officers didn’t like them for whatever reason and because they had NO ONE to pick up a phone and demand answers.  Sometimes very bad things happen in the dark! It’s our goal not to just shine a light on a problem, but pull back the night, let the sun rise leaving not a single shadow of the darkness to hide those who would seek to repress and oppress.  Pat Trimble #39226 JCCC, 8200 No More Victims Rd. Jefferson City MO 65101

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is www.lagai.org.

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