I thought I woke up at 11:17 today, but it’s 8:30 and I’m on the bus and damn I’m confused"Why Pen Pals Are So Important" - by Patrice Daniels (B&P inside member)
"Why Pen Pals Are So Important"
An often overlooked aspect of prison life is the importance of having someone to regularly correspond with. Especially for LGBTQ prisoners. More often than not homosexual/trans prisoners are placed right above pedophiles and rapists in the prisons social hierarchal structure. Thus we are a very lonely minority with few people to talk to or bond with. (It’s also why a lot of us end up severely depressed and suicidal). For many of us - our sexuality has also caused rifts in our families as well - so that too puts a strain on us psychologically. Prison life in and of itself is bad enough on it’s own - so when you compound it with the lack of familial ties, lack of outside non-hostile interaction, and non-exploitve kindred prisoner socialization - it can make for a pretty combustible mix with serious psychological consequences.
Mail call is the 2nd most important time of day in prison. (The 1st is meal time). Receiving mail is a representation of a plethora of things - including but not limited to the fact that it represents to the recipient someone cares. the sad truth is that it also reduced the likelihood that a correctional officer will abuse or neglect you. I know from 1st hand experience that if they know you have outside support they are less willing to treat you poorly. Mail also boosts our morale. So much of prison life involves restrictions that there’s also a real/genuine sense of freedom found in pen pal relationships. It’s a form of escaping the harsh reality of living in a concrete and steel box half the size of your bathroom. It also adds a sense of hopefulness to one’s life. Lastly - being able to correspond with people who understand my sexuality helps a lot. I don’t have to deal with judgements imposed on me by this ignorant shame based contradictory society/culture. So - I beg of you please reach in and befriend a LGBTQ prisoner or 2. We need all of the support we can get.
(Contact info via snail mail)
Mr. Patrice L daniels #B70662
Pontiac C. C. PO Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764-0099
Getting mail from my pen pal makes me feel so warm. Every time I see a letter from Jery, my something in me exclaims “that’s my friend!”
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A smiling person holds a sign that reads “When someone tells you they got rich through hard work, ask them “whose”?
Industrial Workers of the World- an injury to one is an injury to all.” End.
I’m planting some sprouts anf all I can think about us Tom Have r Ford snd the Souljaboy tellums. (Dibs on the band name)
What are the odds that if i asked very nicely or shouted very loudly, everyone in the world would just shut the fuck up
Imagine stabbing someone with this knife.
It would instantly cauterize the would, so the person wouldn’t bleed, so it’s not very useful.
if you want information it is
and above, in order, we see a gryffindor, a ravenclaw, and a slytherin
why would you stab a PERSON when you can have TOAST?
There’s the hufflepuff
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This is Foo-Chan, the Japanese equivalent of Grumpy Cat. But instead of being grumpy, he just looks like he’s disappointed all of the time.
OH NO"I’m not grumpy, I’m just disappointed."
This cat gets me, man.12 fucking hours into this pain spike, and...
- Someone is coming over to help soon, THANK FUCKING GOD.
- I have NEVER EVER EVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE been more thankful that I live in The Land of Dispensaries than today. Just, Jesus Christ — easy access to pain management should NOT be this hard!!! I had NO idea!!!
I’m a total square, too, but I live in Massachusetts and have chronic pain/nausea/trouble eating/anxiety/probably more that I don’t remember so this idea is interesting to me. Does it really help? (At 26, I took my first, singular hit, and I think I did it wrong.)
What does it say about me that when I type just the letter s, my autocorrect suggests “some,” then “sex” as its first two options.
hold on, we’re going home
[Image description: a bag of wine buckled into the passenger seat of a car.]
Rubeus Remus Potter. You were named after the only two people at Hogwarts who seemed to give shit about me, because come on who else would I name you after? A verbally abusive dickbag who was in love with my mum and gave me shit all my life and someone who convinced a bunch of children that they needed to be soldiers? What kind of awful aspirations would that make you end up having? Come on son I’m not an idiot…
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I’ve really just dived headlong into The Best of Supernatural posts and I regret nothing.
quote me out of context a lot after i die —jesus, probably (via heroinboner)
Sirius Black high-fiving Lily Evans every time she raises her hand in class.
Sirius asking James to high five her when he is too sick to come to class.
Remus Lupin doing it with a sigh and an immediate apology when neither Sirius or James is available.
Peter being overly enthusiastic about being asked to do it, and slapping Lily in the face by accident.
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