Campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* rights.
This poem is about the murder of 18-year-old, gay, autistic student Steven Simpson - and the appalling miscarriage of justice when his killer was prosecuted. You can read a news report giving more information here; and the resolution adopted by TUC Disabled Workers' Conference here. The poem imagines what might happen if the tables were turned on reactionary judges!
I heard the local judge was having a party at his flat
I thought that sounded tasty, I'll have a bit of that
There'll probably be some posh nosh and a bit of legal chat
I hadn't been invited, but who cares about that?
- 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:
After two years marking the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike and the role of lesbians and gay men in supporting it, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners is bidding a fond farewell.
Join hundreds of supporters for an evening of festivities, including some poems from Janine.
Venue: Amnesty, Shoreditch.
Raising money for the marvellous Rainbow International LGBT Activist Solidarity Fund. Hosted by RMT National President Peter Pinkney, this event at the union's AGM will include Janine performing poetry, flautist Steve Barker and others to be confirmed.
Janine and many other poets/acts will be performing at this regular, monthly event. June's Poetry LGBT will be raising funds and awareness for Rainbow International LGBT Activist Solidarity Fund.
The attached article was included in the Workers' Liberty pamphlet Pink Pound or Red Flag? Socialists and the Fight for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Liberation in 1995.