Prisons are a hodgepodge of everything we hate in society whether it be racism, bigotry, drugs, etc. It’s all there and it’s magnified to the nth degree. Groups self segregate into gangs based on ethnicity or race and they just foment hatred for other groups/gangs in the prison. And it always leads to violence. If you don’t believe me, just watch MSNBC on the weekends. They go into prisons all over America and you always have the Blacks, the Mexicans, the white supremacy groups, etc. And it ain’t pretty. In short, I wouldn’t last a week unless I were put in special protection.
Anyway, they also ban sex and sexual relationships, much like the military. There are certainly gay guys in prison but they are not allowed to be in relationships with other men as it creates a more difficult scenario to manage. Same is true in female prisons.
But now in this highly volatile and hateful environment, the Obama administration has the brainy idea of creating LGBT advocacy groups in prison that are meant to promote LGBT issues. This flies in the face of how prisons are currently managed and would seem to create a contradiction in prison management policies. As Pat Nolan says, vice president of Prison Fellowship Ministries, this makes no sense. He says that it seems to be just politics and has nothing to do with running better prisons:
CBN NEWS – The Federal Bureau of Prisons has begun to recruit employees who will serve as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender representatives for each correctional facility.
The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons announced the new plan earlier this month. It’s for employees who are willing to devote 20 percent of their workday to promoting lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender issues.
The government said LGBT representatives will serve as members of each prison’s affirmative action committee.
Specifically, they’ll “coordinate activities and programs designed to cultivate LGBT cultural awareness both within and outside the institution.”