Dominique Martin is the executive director of Black and Pink, an organization of LGBTQ prisoners and “open world” allies who support each other and who work toward eventual abolishing of the prison industrial complex. The issue is personal for Dominique, a black gay man, who was incarcerated for 8 years. After release, he began a music career, which led to more involvement in LGBTQ issues, including creating the Queer People of Color of Nebraska organization.
“Black and Pink is the light that shines, that kind of removes the darkness of incarceration for queer people,” Dominique said. “We are able to support people whose bodies and whose lived experiences aren’t seen with the same value as their counterparts. I think this support is the foundation of what Black and Pink does and will do moving forward.”