Category Archives: Poetry to Power Change

Queeropolis

We are the heart of this fair city

Forming its breadth and length

We sprinkle it with Fairy Dust

Empower it with our strength

 

Welcome to FUNOPOLIS

 

Every type of Us lives here

This City is great if you’re a Queer

The range and span of Woman and Man

Living, without fear

 

Welcome to DIVERSOPOLIS

 

From the bottom to the top

Kinky, winkey, romantic or not

As big as imagination.

Our lives are truly hot.

 

Welcome to SEXOPOLIS

 

So tonight, its party time

A chance to flirt and dance

Cast off the old, begin the new

Salutations to Love and Romance

 

Welcome to QUEEROPOLIS

Coram Fields

Stereotypes are boring.

Stereotypes feel tight.

What’s the point of squashing in

To something that doesn’t feel right.

 

It’s okay to be different.

It’s okay to be Queer.

We’re all the same just under our skin

We deserve to live without fear.

 

Bullies are pathetic.

Bullies are uncool.

If they think hate can make it right

They really are the fool.

 

Just relax and be yourself

Don’t worry what people say

Be the person you want to be

Non binary, Straight, Trans or Gay

JUNIOR CITIZENS ANTIBULLYING PLEDGE

As part of “Poetry that Powers, Social/Cultural/Political Change”, I’m writing poetry as part of CamdenLGBT Forum’s Schools Programme at Coram Fields, targetted towards 10/11-year-olds (pre secondary school). One of the poems I wrote can be found here.

The workshops (8 hours over one or two weeks) focus on the negative effects of stereotyping and bullying.  they encourage the kids to sign an anti bullying pledge (see pic.)IMG_0658

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

This project is part of an ongoing theme that I want to develop throughout my three year tenure as LGBT Poet Laureate.

“Poetry as a means to Power Social & Cultural Change”

I wrote the poem for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. (#NHCAW) organised by Stop Hate Crime UK.20161008_173224

I performed it at the launch of this National Campaign on the 8th October at St Paul’s Cathedral, when the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando was lit. The focus this year was on remembering all those we lost and those affected by that and other awful attacks on our communities.

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17-24-30 also put up my poem, Response to Orlando, on their website

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Hatred Hurts Us All.

New Scotland Yard

This project is part of a theme that I want to develop during my three year term as  LGBT Poet Laureate, called “Poetry to Power Social & Cultural Change”.

On 30th June, 2016, I was invited to New Scotland Yard to attend a conference/think tank about ‘Policing Challenges: Faith, Race and the LGBT Community’. Camden LGBT Forum has been working with the Police for a number of years offering advice, workshops, whilst monitoring attacks on our community and helping to establish LGBT groups within the  force.

Its important to encourage and develop new ways forward in policing our community.  Its a two way current of communication. I am part of this new wave.

The Metropolitan Police are currently using my poem IDAHOT on their website to promote  positive change in the attitude and approach of their members to the LGBT community.

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