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Non-Binary

NON-BINARY

 

Who are you to say to me?

“I know all about your sexuality”

Just because of things you’ve read

You think you can see inside my head

 

This attitude just makes me rage

I’m not just a statistic on a page

In your little box I do not fit

Binary sexuality? I don’t give a shit

 

Don’t you see? It’s much too tight

Society’s expectations just aren’t right

Let’s push the boundaries, make them wide

Then no one needs to feel frightened or hide

 

You want to know what’s real for me?

Being an individual, being free.

Choosing who and how I am

Exploring the spectrum of woman and man

 

I’d just like to say to you

That I’m the one who knows what’s true

The important thing is respect and caring

When heart and mind and body sharing

‘LOVE HAPPENS HERE’ London Pride theme poem 2017

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Love happens here.

In family, L.G.B.T.

In our relationships far and near.

It’s the heart of us and we.

 

Love can be enough,

In sunshine or in showers.

When the going gets tough,

It’s Love that empowers.

 

Love is our Diversity,

It’s the best that we can be.

It’s the Talent and Creativity,

Within our Community.

 

Love is you and me.

We show it in a smile,

In our Endeavor and Tenacity,

In our ‘Fabulosa’ Style.

                   Yes, Love happens here.

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‘Poem Dedicated to Hastings Pride’ Hastings & St Leonard’s Observer, 07/06/2017

LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson has relocated to St Leonard’s on Sea and dedicated a poem to the first Hastings Pride. Trudy was appointed LGBT Poet Laureate in February 2016. She will hold the post for a term of three years. This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. Trudy now holds the title of the First LGBT Poet Laureate and says interest has been huge. “My first year has been a whirlwind of interesting gigs and opportunities,” she said. “I really believe that through poetry I have the opportunity to improve the quality of our community’s lives and entertain them!” During her term as the LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy’s role requires her 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. Trudy says moving to the local area has been an inspiration. “I’ve moved (in part) down to the south coast now, to St Leonards, and am loving having access to the sea – especially now its getting warmer. “I find the landscape very inspiring, the people friendly and quirky (like me!) and was proud to be invited to perform at the launch of Hastings Pride last year and I’m looking forward to performing this year.” Trudy’s current projects include working for the British Museum, Amnesty International, National Trust and London Pride; she will be writing and performing this years theme poem and hosting ‘Camp Confidential’ on July 8. This weekend (June 10 and 11) Trudy explores, through poetry and prose, The Smallhythe Trio: Edith Craig. Christopher St John and Clare Atwood. She said: “It’s at the actress Ellen Terry’s beautiful house at Smallhythe Place. It offers everything we’d expect from a National Trust property; cream teas, home made cakes, beautiful gardens and artefacts.” See Trudy at Hastings Pride, The Oval on Sunday August 27. www.lgbtpoetlaureate.org.uk

Poem for Hastings Pride by Trudy Howson

Lets Celebrate this day,
Be proud of who we are.
Dazzling in diversity.
Here from near and far.
Just look around and see
It’s Love that sets us free.
We’re every colour, creed and style L. G. B. I. T.
Our hearts are open wide
There is no need to hide.
Embraced by our community
Being who we want to be.
So here at Hastings Pride
With friends on every side.
Lets dance and sing and shout
We’re Queer, we’re Proud, we’re Out.

Read more at: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/poem-dedicated-to-hastings-pride-1-7997584

Amnesty International global day of action: Solidarity with persecuted gay & bi in Chechnya

Amnesty International are holding a day of global action in solidarity with persecuted gay & bi in Chechnya.

With regard to the global day of solidarity, Stonewall and Amnesty UK are organising the action in London, which will be taking place outside of the Russian Embassy, from 11am-1pm on 2 June. As part of the action, we will attempt to deliver Amnesty’s petition (supported by Stonewall), which calls for an end to the arbitrary detention, torture and killing of gay men and those suspected to be gay, to the Russian Embassy.

LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson will be reciting the poem she has written for Chechnya, showing solidarity at this time. We hope to see you there.

 

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