Stereotypes are boring.
Stereotypes feel tight.
What’s the point of squashing in
To something that doesn’t feel right.
It’s okay to be different.
It’s okay to be Queer.
We’re all the same just under our skin
We deserve to live without fear.
Bullies are pathetic.
Bullies are uncool.
If they think hate can make it right
They really are the fool.
Just relax and be yourself
Don’t worry what people say
Be the person you want to be
Non binary, Straight, Trans or Gay
As part of “Poetry that Powers, Social/Cultural/Political Change”, I’m writing poetry as part of CamdenLGBT Forum’s Schools Programme at Coram Fields, targetted towards 10/11-year-olds (pre secondary school). One of the poems I wrote can be found here.
The workshops (8 hours over one or two weeks) focus on the negative effects of stereotyping and bullying. they encourage the kids to sign an anti bullying pledge (see pic.)
This project is part of an ongoing theme that I want to develop throughout my three year tenure as LGBT Poet Laureate.
“Poetry as a means to Power Social & Cultural Change”
I wrote the poem for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. (#NHCAW) organised by Stop Hate Crime UK.
I performed it at the launch of this National Campaign on the 8th October at St Paul’s Cathedral, when the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando was lit. The focus this year was on remembering all those we lost and those affected by that and other awful attacks on our communities.
17-24-30 also put up my poem, Response to Orlando, on their website
Hatred Hurts Us All.
This project is part of a theme that I want to develop during my three year term as LGBT Poet Laureate, called “Poetry to Power Social & Cultural Change”.
On 30th June, 2016, I was invited to New Scotland Yard to attend a conference/think tank about ‘Policing Challenges: Faith, Race and the LGBT Community’. Camden LGBT Forum has been working with the Police for a number of years offering advice, workshops, whilst monitoring attacks on our community and helping to establish LGBT groups within the force.
Its important to encourage and develop new ways forward in policing our community. Its a two way current of communication. I am part of this new wave.
The Metropolitan Police are currently using my poem IDAHOT on their website to promote positive change in the attitude and approach of their members to the LGBT community.