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.
THE WAY THEY WERE
There is danger in dark places
For men like us, there are no spaces
Where we can be proud, where we can be free
Where I can love you and you, can love me
We know how great the risk would be
We’d be ostracized by society
Our lives & careers would be ruined of course
By blackmail, prosecution, threats or force
Because of that we play the game
Of love that dare not speak its name
My problem is when I hear your voice
My spirit doth lift and my heart rejoice
My flesh is weak, but my spirit strong
I know in my heart it is not wrong
For man to love man, and boy to love boy
To share love and respect, happiness and joy
In collaboration with the National Trust, I launched an exhibition exploring the lives, loves and legends that were the Smallhythe Trio – Edith Craig, Christopher St John, and Clare Atwood. The event – which ran from 10-11 June 2017 in Smallhythe Place, residence of Edith Craig’s mother, actress Ellen Terry, explored the trio’s unconventional lives and relationships, and compared and contrasted the experiences of women then and now.
I have also been invited to create a similar event for the National Trust next year