Grassroots Speaker Series: Black & Pink
Douglas Rogers is a formerly incarcerated individual dedicated to the work of Black & Pink for the LGBTQ community of every race, ethnicity, creed and color in Boston and around the country. Douglas cared for and advocated on behalf of other prisoners while incarcerated. He provided suicide prevention, hospice, dialysis care, and helped other prisoners file grievances to demand adequate medical treatment. Douglas was locked in solitary confinement after reporting being sexually assaulted by a prison guard. He will share his story and talk about how his experience in solitary has shaped his advocacy after his release from prison.
As a founding member of Black & Pink, Douglas has worked to support prisoners and people being released from prison, who may be navigating the halfway houses, struggling with suicidal ideation, and living with HIV. He will describe his ongoing work on the campaign to end solitary confinement and explain how audience members can get involved in this important human rights struggle.
Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.