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.