In this video Encounter, Rev. Laura Downton from National Religious Coalition Against Torture illuminates a dark reality that is solitary confinement as a means of "protection" for LGBTQIA incarcerated people.
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Use the following questions based on Rev. Laura Downton's video "Solitary Confinement and the LGBT Community" for an individual reflection or group discusison.
Take what you learned from Rev. Laura Downton's "Solitary Confinement and the LGBT Community" and spend more time reflecting on the ideas she presents. Use these questions for your own reflection or bring them to a group conversation. Learn, Reflect, Grow.
Have you ever spent a significant amount of time without human contact? If so, what were the effects of this time alone? What does that tell you about your own need for human interaction?
In her interview, Rev. Downton speaks on the false security of solitary confinement as protective custody for LGBTQIA incarcerated persons who are facing threats on a regular basis. How can we open up conversations with elected officials on alternatives to this gross injustice?
In what ways can you bring to light in your own community the struggles many LGBT people face in prison?
Would incarcerating transgender people based on their gender identification as opposed to their sex be a solution? Why or why not?
This Action provides ways in which to get involved with what's happening with LGBTQIA incarcerated persons in your local community.