We are proud to support our LGBTQIA+ staff, visitors, and friends during Pride Month and every month.
Pride is a celebration, but it also provides an opportunity to reflect on the oppression and barriers facing LGBTQIA+ people throughout history and today. We know that people were incarcerated at Eastern State who, today, would identify as LGBTQIA+. They were often convicted using outdated and offensive language referring to same-sex relationships. Today, LGBTQIA+ people continue to experience disproportionately high rates of incarceration in the U.S.
We remain committed to fostering dialogue about the impact of prisons and policing on LGBTQIA+ people, past and present, and honor their resilience and strength, all year long. Visiting Eastern State Penitentiary and want to learn and reflect? Be sure to explore these tours, exhibits, and activities.
Artist Installation: Michelle Handelman's Beware the Lily Law - Ongoing
The artist uses the 1969 Stonewall Riots as a starting point to reflect on issues facing transgender people in U.S. prisons today. Audio Stop 53
Postcard writing to people in prison - Ongoing
Write to people incarcerated in Pennsylvania, including women and trans prisoners connected with the organization Let’s Get Free. "Recharge Room" near Audio Stop 19
Audio Stop: Sexuality (20th Century Issues) - Ongoing
Stories of Eastern State prisoners who would have likely identified as LGBTQIA+ today. Audio Stop C