Shorts From Inside

I am writing to see if I could please be placed on your mailing list. I am a lesbian serving 8 years and at times feel so alone.  It would be nice to reach out to others or just to read that others know what I’m going through. Vanessa, Chillicothe MO

I hope this letter reaches everyone there in the best of health and spirits.  As for me I am doing so much better.  Last week I was granted early parole due to Proposition 57 ([CA]. Instead of going home in 2022 I am scheduled for release in July. I want to thank you for all the newsletters and the knowledge you gave me in knowing that people still care for each other.  One of my main promises that I have made to myself is: to get involved in the advocacy for others – i.e. B.L.M. immigration reform, LGBTQ rights and the fight against Mass Incarceration.  Thank you once again! Eric not in Corcoran

Yeah. Its Seaneal from Missouri again.  Currently I am at South Central C.C. This is a shout-out to all my sisters and brothers. Stand strong. Do not let this system or the people within corrupt your lives. We all need to stand together against any type of oppression. All hate against us needs to be pushed against. Sease Beard

I want to say thank you as I always do for telling the stories from inside. It means a lot to me. I again received a lot of mail about the last story I did. San Quentin, not so good. An update – I got the pants for the girls here and the administration is looking better with us when issues arise.  We all hope for the best. Strawn, CA

pencil drawing from prisoner
Drawing by Michael Tauschek #619704 Oshkosh C.J. PO Box 3310, Oshkosh WI 54903

I really appreciate all of your information. I am a gay male on PC unit in Hagerstown MD and this staff hates gays and colors so I go thru it here but I’m being smart as I deal with it. So I deeply appreciate UltraViolet and Black & Pink for you alls help giving us a voice and network to help fight against adversaries. Earl, MD

Wow. Love the articles and the issues in the newsletter…I am anti – all that also and wild, wacky and witty subjects, I am all in…I feel isolated at times and to receive your newsletter reassures me that I am not alone…I am going home to Boston December 4th, 2018 so please remove me from your list. I am for sure going to use the website…Thanks, Proud and Loud, Anthony, FL

I want to give a shout out to Stargirl. It’s hard being in the LGBTQ community in the prison system. Especially with nobody to write, I see everyday people building up medical co-pays just to get mail. I see people of LGBTQ Community being punished for hanging out with someone of the same sexual preference. It’s not going to stop unless someone stands up to the Wisconsin DOC. I would but can’t afford a lawyer to do so. I’ve told plenty of DOC staff members that the LGBTQ community will be the tightest group of people inside a prison system. It just comes to us naturally. Michael, WI

Please remove me from your mailing list. I’m being transferred to a place that doesn’t accept your wonderful publication – for whatever reason (-: I’ve greatly enjoyed your publication over the years and I look forward to rejoining your ranks when I’m released in 2 months – Hooray! Keep up the good fight!!  Gilbert’Gigi’, VA

I am writing a brief note to express my gratitude and appreciation for your publication. It allows me to stay informed and is a great source of current events within the LGBT community. UltraViolet is also a constant reminder that although I am incarcerated, someone still cares enough to send me mail. So I extend my most sincere thank you. Serayah, GA

I am currently incarcerated in prison at Lowell C.I. in Florida. One of the other inmates was passing around your UltraViolet and it really interested me because I am a lesbian myself. Thank you for reading my letter. Looking for a response in return. Jillian, FL

Greetings and salutations.  Hopefully upon reception of this small missive, it finds you and your organization strong and progressively moving forward, as we enter into another era of freedom and unity for us in the rainbow community. I am a gay male incarcerated here in the repressive state of Texas and a ‘friend’ of mine introduced me to your informative and enlightening newsletter.  After reading it, I knew I had to become a part of this positive thinking, well organized movement. Paul, TX

I just received your newsletter for the first time. I’m quite torn by some of the articles I read because it appears I am the enemy of everyone. The government, the state, the family, most institutions and even myself! …I am at odds with my own soul, but I know way too much to be this confused!… I cannot stand for the abuses any longer – of myself, my lovers or my haters. This has to stop!… I authorize you and give you the right to use any phrases from this letter you wish – excluding anything indicating my identity. UV stands for invisibility!…One of the very best books I’ve read in my life is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I recommend it to anyone with sense in their head!

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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