For if sexual orientation were proven to be an "irrevocable, involuntary characteristic", this would be a political opportunity for gays and lesbians to benefit from the civil-rights protection currently offered to ethnic minorities, without even needing to get the law changed. Herdt, Moral Panics and Sexual Rights.
George B. LGBTQ clients represent a range of sexual orientations and gender identities. Participants described spending decades in prison because of parole violations, long after serving their original sentence.
Crewe, B. Within a week.
This paper explores intimate linkages between race, sexuality and mass incarceration in the state of California in the USA. In this perhaps mocking interaction, guards acknowledge not only the presence of sex, but its attendant domesticity. However, much of this is navigated in and through spaces of silence — of not being, not doing, or, as so many articulated, of the performativity of what is and what cannot be.
If faced with threats or coercion, people talked about the importance of fighting back or standing up so as not to be seen as weak and therefore open to further harassment. If a client uses a term you are not familiar with, ask for help in understanding it.
Finally, drawing on empirical findings, we suggest carceral intimacies as an integrative framework that captures how power is negotiated by, not merely imposed upon, prisoners through intimate relationships in prison settings.