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 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.