Ode to Orlando

I wrote this poem when I heard about the horrific massacre of fifty people at an LGBT venue (Pulse) in Orlando Florida. The murderer was “disgusted when he saw two men kissing” 

I attended the Vigil held on Old Compton St, later that day and was humbled by the intensity of love, support and solidarity shown by not only members of our community, but by our friends and allies.
“Tribute to Orlando” was filmed by Sky Live News and shown world-wide.
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I also performed this at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week on 8th October 2016, in collaboration with Stop Hate UK and 17-24-30.


Bullets or bombs may destroy the lives,

Of friends, lovers husbands or wives

But it doesn’t destroy the love that we

Nourish and share in our Community.


We’re near, we’re far, We are LGBT

Standing here together proud & free

Our love is wider than the ocean

Our love is deeper than the sea


Homophobia is a hateful word

Borne of ignorance and fear

Our love is older than the hills

It was then, there and here


We will not be diminished

By hatred, ignorance and fear

We send our love around the world

We are LGBT Queer

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  4. Thank you for your support Lucille. Its an honour to be appointed to this post and I want to promote respect, understanding and solidarity within our community and encourage others to support us too.

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