• Community Without Conditions
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Supporting LGBTQ Prisoners in the Pacific Northwest

About Us

Beyond These Walls was founded in 2011 as a project of the National LGBTQ Task Force. We started as a project to send cards to LGBTQ prisoners during the holidays. We decided to try to extend community to our LGBTQ family living behind bars. We did not expect the overwhelming response from prisoners. We received hundreds of letters of thanks and cries for help. As our project grew, our understanding of what prisoners need and were asking for also grew. Over the years we have evolved into a robust community of people offering a number of programs to support LGBTQ prisoners.

We are a Trans led organization with an exclusively LGBTQ staff and advisory committee. We believe in an LGBTQ community without conditions, where we welcome and embrace people trying to be a part of our community, even if they’ve made mistakes. We believe the criminal justice system is inherently flawed and should be completely torn down. We also believe that if people who are locked up are asking us for help right now, we have to answer their calls.

Check out our programs to find out more about what we do.

Our Programs

We support LGBTQ prisoners in a variety of ways.
Contact us here with any questions about our programs.

Case Management

We work to connect prisoners with the resources they request, such as reentry referrals, housing, legal services, advocacy and more.

Holiday Card Project

Every year free world volunteers can send cards of encouragement to LGBTQ people living behind bars during the winter holidays. Sign up here.

Advocacy & Activism

We work in collaboration with our community partners to advocate for various changes. This is often done at the institution level based on what prisoners are asking for.

Leadership Group

Our leadership group inside of the Oregon State Penitentiary works to empower transgender women imprisoned at the facility. We are working to develop similar groups for other prisons.

Pen Pals

Our pen pal program connects free world volunteers with LGBTQ prisoners as pen pals, the old fashioned way: letter writing. If you are interested in being a pen pal, sign up here:

Our Team

Here are the people who make it happen.

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