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Michael Cox

“I believe no person should be in a cage. We would all be better served if the endless resources used to criminalize and punish were instead used to transform our communities.”

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Executive Director, Black and Pink MA

Michael Cox (he/him) is a butch queen on a two-fold mission to dismantle the prison system and to find alternatives to the ways society governs through crime.  His work is informed by his lived experience in the prison system, his scholarship, and the endless stream of letters from our inside members. You can often find him in policy spaces or building community with other people who have been directly impacted with the criminal legal system. 

Michael was appointed by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to serve on the Special Commission on the Health and Safety of LGTBQI Prisoners, tasked with investigating the correctional system. At the federal level, he co-chairs the National LGBT / HIV Criminal Justice Working Group’s formerly incarcerated subgroup. He is a board member for Mass Equality and was a 2020 Fellow of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction leadership training program. He has worked with Black and Pink in a variety of roles since 2014.

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