Human Me

Men Can’t Be Princesses, That’s A Woman Thing!

Other people decided to call me Princess. Princess Jeffica, in fact. I didn’t really mind, it was more funny than flattering anyway. I have to be honest, I don’t feel like a princess. I don’t look at myself in the mirror and wish for a tiara and a pink fluffy dress…okay, maybe I kinda want the …

Don’t Complain Without Solutions and a Helping Hand, You Don’t Have The Right

Being in a tough environment has helped me be tenacious. For example, in another institution several years ago, there were all these committees, councils, and boards that were inmate led. They made decisions and gave input for the general population. When I figured out that the members of most of those committees were not only …

The Ethics of Androgyny: Is It Wrong For Someone To Not Look Like One Gender?

This topic came up when I heard someone comment on transgendered women “tricking” men. They were upset that the transgendered women was “passable” and therefore elicited a sexual attraction from the straight male population. Leaving them feeling tricked.This woman (because I believe trans women are simply women) wasn’t doing anything but being who she truly …

How Masculinity Is Ruining Our Prisons Rehabilitative Capabilities

As it relates to the incarcerated LGBT community, the limits of what men are allowed to do as gender expression is limited to what traditional masculine expectations are. Not societal norms. For instance, flat irons are not allowed in men’s prisons, but they are allowed in women’s prisons despite the fact that men with long …

Don’t You Know? I’m Gonna Change The World

I sometimes have a hard time deciding what to do for work in my future. I want to be an Industrial Psychologist, working in Human Resources for a Non-Profit organization. Problem with that is, by the time I finish enough schooling to be qualified I will be nearing 50, if not 50. Of course, I’m going …

How To Rehabilitate LGBT Criminals

First, let’s acknowledge that there are LGBT criminals. Second, let’s acknowledge that they (we) are a part of the LGBT community. Third, how do we stop it?Ending criminal behavior is portrayed as this highly complex and unattainable thing. Admittedly, there is a small percentage of people who don’t want to change. The majority want change. …

The Status Quo Is Not Good Enough

I am simply not satisfied with the status quo. Come in, do my time quietly and leave. That’s not good enough. I came to prison because I needed help. Punishment is the separation from society and society expects that when I get out someone did their job and helped me.That is definitely NOT happening. In …

Unity: Prison-Based LGBT Peer Support and Educational Group

Unity is the LGBT meeting group here at Twin Rivers Unit. Unity meets weekly and discusses tough topics that surround the incarcerated LGBT community. Unity is a growing and budding program with massive impact potential.What makes Unity so impactful is that its attendees can let down their guard for that one time. In prison, even …