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Interview with Soho Radio – 29 June 2017

I was interviewed by the lovely Clare Lynch for Soho Society Hour on Soho Radio on 29 June, 2017, during which I also performed some poetry, recorded below. The full interview can be found here: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-soho-society-hour-29062017/

Love Happens Here – the theme poem for London Pride!

“THE WAY THEY WERE” – marking 50 years since the partial decriminalization of Sexual Offences Act

THE WAY THEY WERE

There is danger in dark places

For men like us, there are no spaces

Where we can be proud, where we can be free

Where I can love you and you, can love me

 

We know how great the risk would be

We’d be ostracized by society

Our lives & careers would be ruined of course

By blackmail, prosecution, threats or force

 

Because of that we play the game

Of love that dare not speak its name

My problem is when I hear your voice

My spirit doth lift and my heart rejoice

 

My flesh is weak, but my spirit strong

I know in my heart it is not wrong

For man to love man, and boy to love boy

To share love and respect, happiness and joy

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