Out on the Inside: The Rights, Experiences and Needs of LGBT People in Prison

Nicola Carr, Siobhan McAlister, Tanya Serisier

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people have long been a ‘hidden’ or overlooked population in prisons. In recent years, however, international research and policy has begun to focus on the experiences and needs of this group. This research has revealed a range of issues that affect LGBT individuals in prison. This includes heteronormativity, homophobia and transphobia both within and outside prison, the threat of physical and sexual violence within prison, institutional discrimination and neglect, health needs, and social isolation. Based on a review of international literature and primary research with representatives from the LGBT and criminal justice sectors, prisoners and former prisoners, this report represents the first study of the needs and experiences of LGBT prisoners within the Irish context.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherIrish Penal Reform Trust
Commissioning bodyIrish Penal Reform Trust
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9573037-7-5
ISBN (Print)978-0-9573037-7-5
Publication statusPublished - 02 Feb 2016


  • LGBT, Prison, Rights


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