Performing ‘The Way We Were‘ at the British Library for GAY UK to commemorate the decriminalisation of homosexuality
We are the hands that rocked the cradle,
Administered to the needs of those affected.
Comforted the shocked and confused,
Nursed the sick and dying.
Women and AIDS go hand in hand.
We were infected by husbands and lovers,
By a half forgotten one night stand.
By a not forgotten rapist.
By people, who didn’t know they had it.
Our babies were born with AIDS.
Because we had a blood transfusion,
Or were registered hemophiliacs.
Because we were ignorant and careless,
Or junkies, desperate for a fix.
Women are 52 percent of those who survived
Remember those women who lost their lives
Celebrate those that survive.
The mothers. Sisters. Aunties. Friends,
Who now stand, hand in hand, with the men.
For the 100th anniversary of partial votes for women.
Hurrah for the Suffragettes
Who, one hundred years ago,
Fought for the right of women to vote.
Struck inequality, a deadly blow.
Let us not forgot their struggle
Against the gender discrimination
Of every woman, of every race
Of every female in this nation
Lets remind employers & unions,
That equal job means equal pay.
Lets change the law & enforce it,
To make sure it stays that way.
Sexual harassment in the workplace,
Is something that has to end.
A women’s right to feel safe at work,
Is a right we need to defend.
The success of our country’s economy,
Relies on women to work.
Professional success & opportunity,
Is not a just masculine perk.
In honour of the Suffragettes.
Let us, men and women agree
Sexual discrimination thwarts potential
Its Equality that sets us free
In this week across our nation
We stand united in our call.
“There is no place for hatred.”
Because hatred hurts us all.
Whatever your ability or religion
Sexuality, colour of skin
This battle against hate crime
Is one we have to win.
Let’s educate the ignorant.
Dispel prejudice and fear.
Promote that Love is a human right,
Be open and be clear.
We can make a difference,
By what we do and say,
Against the intolerance and injustice,
Some people suffer every day
It’s okay to be different,
Lets honour who we are.
Make our world a safer place,
For all of us, near and far.