(reprinted from Black & Pink Feb/Mar 2018)
Trans Pride Initiative has received an urgent call for help from LGBT imprisoned people at the desert dungeon: Lovelock Corrections Center. It seems that institutional transphobia and homophobia thrive at Lovelock where our imprisoned siblings are facing inhumane treatment from the guards, officers and even medical personnel who are tasked with their safety… The letter continues saying that LGBT imprisoned people are being denied parole by the head psychologist: “Dr Verne E Lewis uses his position to give inmates a high-risk assessment on their sexual offense risk form.” Known as a ‘static 99’, good ratings on this form are crucial for imprisoned people to escape the desert dungeon of lovelock and see their friends, families and communities again. Section 2 states “Ever had a lover 2 years or longer?” Since Dr Lewis doesn’t see LGBT relationships as legitimate, he marks ‘no’, which keeps many of our loved ones deadlocked in dangerous conditions at Lovelock, unable to get parole.
This treatment is the tip of the iceberg for LGBT there. Also our loved ones are being threatened by the dungeon guards for filing Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) grievances. Full PREA compliance is essential for LGBT people inside the dungeon.
Trans Pride Initiative is asking on behalf of those in the dungeon of Lovelock, to call the prison and to reach out to the communities of Reno, Northern California, Oregon and Salt Lake City. Show love for the LGBT people by calling, writing and reaching out: Lovelock C.C. 1200 Prison Rd. Lovelock NV 89419. For more info on conditions, write Teddie Craig #62269, NNCC PO Box 7000, Carson City NV 89702