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17:24:31

Remember the London Nail Bomb Attacks?

3 bombs over 3 consecutive April weekends.

Each bomb packed with a thousand nails

Each explosion wounding, maiming…murderous.

 

Its aim was to incite fear and hatred

In Afro-Caribbean, Bangladeshi and LGBT places.

Targeting people just going about their business.

Ordinary, extraordinary people, like you and me.

 

In Brixton, people were shopping,

Thinking about what to cook for dinner.

Popping out, to pick up a paper.

Chatting in the street with a neighbour.

 

In Brick Lane, people were relaxing.

Eating dinner in local restaurants.

Planning their family’s weekend.

Repairing their car.

 

In Soho, people were Celebrating.

Having a drink en route to the Theatre.

Meeting up for the start of the weekend.

Hanging out, in a safe Gay space.

 

We commemorate those unfortunate people

In the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The shocked, injured, wounded, dying.

Who showed great fortitude and courage

 

Those bombs incited acts of individual heroism.

Kindness and generosity between strangers

A public outcry of outrage and horror

Immediate, professional support.

 

Our diverse Communities enrich society

We were not. Are not. Will not ever be

Diminished by hatred and evil

We stand united in our humanity, and love.

HIV/AIDS

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Performed at Celebrate, Commemorate, Cabaret 


The name strikes dread into our heart,

We know what its impact can be.

We’ve seen the worst and best of it,

Its devastation of our community.

 

In the hedonistic excess of the 80’s,

We saw our playmates falter and fall.

Their fluids turned into Hades River,

Some swept away. Some, not at all.

 

The randomness, of the infection.

The suspicion, ignorance and fear.

Our family, friends and lovers blamed

Just because, they were Queer.

 

Investment in medical research

Stopped this killer in its tracks.

The afflicted now can live a life,

Improved by treatment and facts.

 

We honour our brothers and sisters,

Who didn’t survive that fight.

We salute and support the survivors

Whose life turned out alright.

 

Let us celebrate our lives today,

And those, whose lives are past.

Embrace our loving community

May it prosper, flourish and last

Love Potion

I’m a celebration

In the bedroom. Kitchen. Car.

Wherever you wish…

I’m your remedy.

 

When the pain cuts deep

And the night doesn’t sleep

Then look for me…

I’m your remedy.

 

I’m the stretcher

for the heel of your shoe.

Make your things, and you

Ease and Expand.

 

When life gets too hard,

Just turn that card.

It’s the Queen of Hearts,

I’m your remedy.

 

When things get tight,

In the middle of the night,

Then reach for me…

I’m your remedy.

Mapping Our Network

Ours is a diverse and shifting Landscape.

We navigate it, plan our path

A network of Commitment and Friendship

Offering service, doing what we can

 

See how the pathways ebb and flow

Its boundaries flickers in the dark

It still exists when it’s not visible

Just reach out, make a mark

 

Ours is a secret and not so secret route

It’s a code we need to share

The way we communicate with each other

The way we show that we care

 

Together we can find a way

To illuminate the map

So that everyone who needs it

Can see and understand it