LGBT Poet Laureate, Trudy Howson, explores through poetry and personal recollection the experience of the being LGBT in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s up to the present time.
Combining humour and gritty realism, Trudy words and poems chronicle and bear witness to the L.G.B.T. community’s struggle to gain acceptance, equality and respect within mainstream society.
Trudy shares her history of being a performing artist and political activist during this exciting era of ground-breaking social, sexual and political change.
She shares her experience of what it actually feels like to be Gay. What we do? Where we go?
Trudy details and discusses some of the organisations, movement and political campaigns that had an impact on the quality of the L.G.B.T. community’s life, and the part she played within them.
- Life, in a small Northern town. Being the only Gay in the village!
- London, the epicenter of Gay Life in the UK
- The emergence of G.L.F. (Gay Liberation Front), C.H.E. (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) and Stonewall.
- Early and ongoing Gay Pride Celebrations in London and the UK
- The 2nd wave of the W.L.M. (Women’s Liberation Movement)
- The impact of HIV/AIDS
- Section 28
- Becoming the inaugural L.G.B.T. Poet Laureate
Poetry and prose
Q & A
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)