Tranzmission Prison Project, an offshoot of the Asheville Prison Books Project, has been providing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inmates with reading materials, resources and pen pals for about five years.
Despite often working with the LGBTQ organizations of UNC Asheville and Warren Wilson College, Tranzmission is unaffiliated with either institution and operates as its own entity.
“Tranzmission is very much a DIY grassroots organization and there is no real assigned hierarchy,” said Melody Rood, a recent UNCA graduate who has been volunteering with Tranzmission for almost two years.
“We try and get books and resources to inmates who identify as LGBTQ. The education of that community that is being silenced is important,” Rood said.
Tranzmission came about following an influx of letters from LGBTQ prisoners requesting materials received by Asheville Prison Books Project. The project has been providing inmates in the Southeastern United States with reading materials since its inception in 1999. ...Read the full article