LGBT liberation

Campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* rights.

Talk and discussion: The left, oppression and liberation politics

28/11/2015 - 12:00
  • at Labour and Revolution, a dayschool hosted by the socialist organisation Workers' Liberty to discuss ideas for the new left movement after Jeremy Corbyn's election
  • at the Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6XA. Near loads of Tubes - Warren Street, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Euston

The organisers write: 

Thirty-Five

The life expectancy of a Black trans woman in the USA is just 35. This is a villanelle about that shocking statistic.

Black boys grown women fighting to survive
In freedom's land are some folks not allowed
To live beyond the age of thirty-five?

Dysphoria and prejudice connive
From gender manacles to funeral shroud
Black boys grown women fighting to survive

Twenty-One

A reflection on my son visiting the Stonewall Inn because of his passionate commitment to LGBT equality, only to find that he couldn't go in.

I remember the age of consent cut from twenty-one
A landmark amongst all the battles our struggles have won 
And now it's the age of admission the Stonewall Insists

Horseplay: Live at Calais Migrants Benefit, August 2014

On 23rd June 2012, Steven Simpson, a gay autistic student, was verbally abused, stripped, and his body scrawled with offensive slogans. He was then doused in tanning oil and 20-year-old Jordan Sheard set fire to his crotch with a cigarette lighter. The flames engulfed his body, his attackers fleeing as neighbours tried desperately to extinguish the flames. Steven died the next day suffering 60% burns.

My Friend Hush

I wrote this poem in support of Hush Ainebyona. You can read her story and donate to her fundraising appeal here.

My friend Hush is good and kind
And fair and just – and going blind

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