Based on findings in the Prison Reform Trust's Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile (Winter 2022), prisoners who identify as LGBTQ+ endure verbal and physical abuse, sexual assault, intimidation, and alienation (1). Many individuals do not feel empowered to challenge certain discriminations because they feel "jokes and banter" are "normal" and accepted (2).
Furthermore, many people who identify as LGBTQ+ are reluctant to share their sexual orientation for fear of reprisal and more abuse, and because of the insensitivity and lack of action by some in authority (1). As a result, LGBTQ+ prisoners are far too often drawn into a Cycle of Invisibility.
Tap Social and The Queer Brewing Project are advocates of LGBTQ+ prisoners' rights and UK prison reforms that can help break this tragic cycle. For more information, please see and download the following reports:
- LGBT+ People in Prisons: Experiences in England and Scotland - Download