Shorts From Inside: Sweet, Sad, Supportive, Sagacious

  1. Dear LGBT Community;  I find myself very upset with the horrible thing that was done to our people at the Pulse Club [in Orlando FL] I wrote an article regarding this matter of homophobics wanting to murder us LGBTQ special lovable human beings.  Please, stay focus and alert always but no violence. This is very serious and these haters are everywhere.  Stick together in prison yards, and out there, please.  All we got is each other. “Cherrie” Valenzuela, State Prison, Represa CA
  2. Friends, your letter/info I received could not have come at a more perfect time.  Just back from hospital, my Q. lovely celly replaced with a Nazi, 2 teeth pulled today and my Dr.? cuts my morphine off.  Wow – but hey – Keep on truckin. After all we old die hards, just turned 58, been out since I came out mom’s womb! Love life and most of what it throws at me. I just want to be remembered 4 all the love I tried so hard to give. Love and blessings to all of US! F.S. Deuel V.I. Tracy CA
  3. Hi everyone, I thank all of you at UltraViolet for always standing and being a force. I have 3 little words for everyone. With so much violence and murders of innocent people, we seem to have lost the focus on how do we get to a place where we have equality. When does it become enough that so many people are dying needless death, that we say we are destroying one another for no reason.  How do we as people rise up and stand together as a whole…everyone as a whole needs to have conversations amongst their families and friends as well as their neighbors and say we are in this together. And that begins with the words, I love you. These 3 words have so much power that we take them for granted. If we said “I love you” more, not only could we make others feel better, but we would feel better as well. Lisa Strawn, Vacaville CA
  4. Dear Friends,  just got my first issue of UltraViolet and I appreciate it.  But I’m letting you know that by the time you get this letter I will be out on the streets…If I could, out there on the streets, receive it for free, it would be nice because I will be indigent for a couple of months. D Marcom, San Luis Obispo CA [ed. Note: we are thrilled to send UV to people when they get out of prison, just let us know]
  5. Hey Family!  This is my first time writing to ya all.  But I truly decided to be me. I’m a Transgender MTF!  I just spoke to the “Prea” [Prison Rape Elimination Act] coordinator and seen the committee.  I’m in a very Homophobic/Transphobic prison. As far as I know I’m the 1st woman to ask for GD [gender dysphoria] hormone therapy at SOCF [South Ohio Correction Facility]. I’m just tired of not being me! I’m now Candi! But I’ve got no family in society and don’t know nothing about law, so if anyone can help me fighting the Ohio department of corrections on this issue, please feel free to contact me. Candi Love AKA Zachary Barfield #A607507, PO Box 45699, Lucasville OH 45699
  6. I really enjoy reading the UltraViolet because it is full of useful information and a voice to help uplift my hopes and plans. Right now, my heart is in so much pain from the Orlando, FL situation.  I am still hurt because of what happened to my LGBTQ Family…I am glad to see so many people come together to support the community, but why does it always have to come when violence strikes…A Wainwright, Joliet IL
  7. To: LAGAI. I’ve happen to come across your organization thru PARC and truthfully I’m tired of sitting back and saying nothing, now me personally I’m not gay but I have an uncle that’s Transgender and I love him with all my heart … and I’m truly tired of people talking down on the LGBT community, everybody is entitled to live their life how they choose and should not have to worry about being judged, hurt or killed.  So with that being said I would like to humbly request a subscription to yur newspaper UltraViolet.  C. Wortham, Delano CA


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

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