Transcending the bars: Transgender and non-binary prisoners

My name is Dr Olga Suhomlinova, and I am leading a research team that includes Dr Saoirse O’Shea (Northumbria University/University of Leicester), Dr Tammy Ayres, Dr Michelle O’Reilly and Dr Matt Tonkin (University of Leicester).

Our research team has just received an approval from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service to conduct a study of transgender and non-binary prisoners, using a correspondence (letter-writing) method.  The title of our project is “Transcending the bars: Transgender and non-binary prisoners’ experiences in England and Wales.” We are still to receive the Ethics Approval from our respective institutions, but we are planning to do this shortly, and will be commencing our data collection in early summer 2019.

We would be keen to hear from other researchers working in this area and from any former transgender or non-binary (including gender fluid, gender queer, agender, and so forth) prisoners.

Please contact Dr Olga Suhomlinova on Thank you.