Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Vigil held at Pentonville Prison to protest deaths of transgender inmates, as part of international day of solidarity

Vigils have been held across the world in support of transgender prisoners as part of the International Trans Prison Day of Action and Solidarity. In central London, a crowd of 100 people gathered in front of Pentonville Prison for a candle lit vigil. Organised by the Bent Bars Project, a collective which supports LGBT people in custody, the event paid tribute to those who have died by suicide in prisons due to distress caused after being denied medical healthcare related to transition while behind bars, or transphobic bullying from other inmates. Activists held candles in memory of transgender prisoners who have died while in custody in the UK, before releasing a lit lantern in front of the jail. Others read poetry and statements from transgender prisoners currently in custody explaining how they feel British prisons neglect their needs.