Free Pride: Prison Abolition through an LGBTQ Lens

August 8, 2021 3:00 PM

3 - 4.30PM

About this event:

With input from Bent Bars, Glasgow Prisoner Solidarity and artist Thomas Abercromby, we’ll explore prison abolition, why it remains a queer issue, and different ways of building community and solidarity.

About the Speakers:

The Bent Bars Project is a letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain. The project was founded in 2009, responding to a clear need to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities inside and outside prison walls.

Glasgow Prisoner Solidarity are a small group of people in Scotland working together inside and outside of prison to get support to those inside who need it most.

Thomas Abercromby is an artist and curator based in Glasgow. His current project, School of Abolition, is an informal alternative learning programme that uses contemporary art and activism to challenge Scotland’s prison industrial complex and the ways in which we respond to harm and crime without resorting to further policing or imprisonment.


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Access and how to attend:

When you join one of our events, there will be information visible on screen to let you know you’re in the right place. Our event hosts will introduce the event verbally, and this will also appear written in the chat box. We also hope to have BSL interpreting and/or live transcription available.

Using Zoom

This event will be run as a webinar on Zoom, where only the invited speakers will be visible on screen. You won’t be able to turn your camera or microphone on. You will be able to ask questions of the panel members by using the Q&A function. Please note this event will also be recorded, to allow us to share with people who can’t attend at the time.

Zoom can be accessed using the app or on your internet browser, and can be used on computers, tablets and smartphones that are connected to the internet. Zoom uses around 1GB data per hour, so will use around 1-2GB data for this event.


If you have any questions about using Zoom, we will be happy to help you. If you have limited or no internet access, we have a fund available to help you with these costs. We won’t ask you to show any evidence of your income or circumstances. If you need any support, please contact us by emailing