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“One Night in Heaven”

I wrote this poem for LGBT History Month 2016.  Its title comes from the theme of the last night of the H.M.’s  Ball, held by Camden Forum at Islington Assembly Hall.

It’s about the dead Gay, Historical Characters I would like to meet during one night in Heaven.

It is a  living interactive poem. I am shrouded in ghost-like white. The text I am wearing names and honours some of  our deceased Gay Icons.

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 https://youtu.be/mxMLuaQtons

Labelling the Day performance

SCHWULE

“Schwule” is a living interactive poem written for International Holocaust Day. The pink triangles I am wearing are inscribed with the words used to describe homosexuals (in German and English) during Gestapo rule. See the video of poem in Video section of website.

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Remember those poor unfortunate men

Of every race, age and religion…the 175’s,

Rounded up, incarcerated in concentration camps

Because they were Homosexual.

 

Respect those 20,000 men,

Who lost their friends, families and businesses,

Who were beaten, tortured and castrated.

Labelled with a pink triangle…the lowest of the low.

 

Resolve to never again return

To those dark days of terror and evil.

Fight injustice and inequality,

Encourage love, regardless of race or gender.

 

I can choose to remove these labels,

Live and love freely, be Glad to be Gay.

Those men were not so fortunate.

Remember, Respect and Honour them today.

About

LGBT POET LAUREATE:

This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. The name of the first LGBT Poet Laureate will be formally announced during LGBT History Month, February 2016.

Camden LGBT Forum is a charity that supports local LGBT residents. The Arts is a powerful tool we use to celebrate diversity and promote cohesion amongst our communities. During the last six years our “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. 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.

CONTACT: Camden LGBT Forum 020 7388 5720 camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Facebook: INCITE Poetry