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IMPERIAL COLLEGE HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST

At Imperial College Healthcare,

We are proud of the work we do

For the L.G.B.T.I.N. community.

It’s a balance, of old and new.

 

Our gender-reassignment clinic,

Makes positive changes to difficult lives.

Enables our clients to be authentic,

To fulfil their potential, and thrive.

 

Day in day out, from birth to death,

We offer expertise and care.

We strive for excellence in our practice,

Are always ready, always there.

 

Our HIV clinic offers visitors hope,

Of a life that is healthy and long.

With effective treatment and education,

They become confident and strong.

 

We give kindness and compassion,

To the needy, sick and frail.

Whatever your gender, race or religion,

Our hospitals do not fail.

 

So let us Celebrate our Trust today,

It’s aspiration and commitments,

To a service that empowers and enables,

Its staff, volunteers and patients.

17:24:31

Remember the London Nail Bomb Attacks?

3 bombs over 3 consecutive April weekends.

Each bomb packed with a thousand nails

Each explosion wounding, maiming…murderous.

 

Its aim was to incite fear and hatred

In Afro-Caribbean, Bangladeshi and LGBT places.

Targeting people just going about their business.

Ordinary, extraordinary people, like you and me.

 

In Brixton, people were shopping,

Thinking about what to cook for dinner.

Popping out, to pick up a paper.

Chatting in the street with a neighbour.

 

In Brick Lane, people were relaxing.

Eating dinner in local restaurants.

Planning their family’s weekend.

Repairing their car.

 

In Soho, people were Celebrating.

Having a drink en route to the Theatre.

Meeting up for the start of the weekend.

Hanging out, in a safe Gay space.

 

We commemorate those unfortunate people

In the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The shocked, injured, wounded, dying.

Who showed great fortitude and courage

 

Those bombs incited acts of individual heroism.

Kindness and generosity between strangers

A public outcry of outrage and horror

Immediate, professional support.

 

Our diverse Communities enrich society

We were not. Are not. Will not ever be

Diminished by hatred and evil

We stand united in our humanity, and love.

Mapping Our Network

Ours is a diverse and shifting Landscape.

We navigate it, plan our path

A network of Commitment and Friendship

Offering service, doing what we can

 

See how the pathways ebb and flow

Its boundaries flickers in the dark

It still exists when it’s not visible

Just reach out, make a mark

 

Ours is a secret and not so secret route

It’s a code we need to share

The way we communicate with each other

The way we show that we care

 

Together we can find a way

To illuminate the map

So that everyone who needs it

Can see and understand it