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a political newsletter for New York's incarcerated trans+ people

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Founded in 2019, "What's the Tea?" is a newsletter for incarcerated transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people in the New York State prisons and the New York City jails. Our publishing occurs in Brooklyn, which is the occupied ancestral home of the Lenape people.

We seek to bring joyful, life-affirming news of cultural and legal wins to people inside, while also making sure folks inside know about the struggles and needs that mainstream media might not carry.

"What's the Tea?" has sections for reader input and regular columns, and we invite our readers to participate in political life by contributing to policies and events. We seek to largely publish the personal and political writing from the inside while simultaneously bringing incarcerated people relevant news and updates.

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Editor on the Outside

Currently, Mik Kinkead edits, lays out, and distributes "What's the Tea?". Mik is a white transgender man who, along with many others, serves on the New York City Council Taskforce for Issues Faced by TGNCNBI People in Custody. Mik uses he, him, and his pronouns.


Columnists & Contributors

We regularly hear from and publish political and personal essays, drawings, and poems from people on the inside.

Our newsletter currently features a recurring poetry section lead by Paris Whitfield. "Paris' Poetry Corner" features their writing on a quarterly basis.



What’s the Tea? is supported by many volunteers who proof-read, gather stories, envelope stuff, fundraise, and more. If you wish to join us, please fill out the "contact us" page below!

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Image below is donated by Gee Gibson, an artist on the inside

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