This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. Trudy Howson was formerly announced the first LGBT Poet Laureate during LGBT History Month, February 2016.
Camden LGBT Forum is a charity that supports local LGBT residents. The Arts is a powerful tool the forum uses to celebrate diversity and promote cohesion amongst our communities. During the last six years, Camden LGBT Forum’s “INCITE” Poetry event has been paving the way for LGBT talent to foster positive change through spoken and written word.
The recipient of the title, “First LGBT Poet Laureate” is Trudy Howson. The term of the appointment is for three years (2016-2019)
During this period, she will be expected to:
- Write poems for nationally and internationally recognised LGBT days and events.
- Write, perform and promote poetry that reflects and celebrates the very diverse experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people within our society.
- Raise the profile and accessibility of LGBT poetry.
The LGBT Poet Laureate’s poetry will:
Portray the lives and experiences of the LGBT community.
Celebrate our style and culture.
Support LGBT people who feel isolated and marginalized within our society.
Encourage within our community a sense of self respect and pride.
Raise a greater public awareness of the LGBT community.
Encourage LGBT people of all ages, nationalities and types, to read, write, watch and listen to poetry.