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'An LGBT+ Life: How it was, How it is' with LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson


If you missed out on our poetry evening to launch LGBT+ History Month 2021, then you can watch a recording of it here.


Explore the experiences of the LGBT+ community from the 1970s up to the present time with LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson. Hear poetry and stories highlighting the political campaigns that have affected the LGBT+ community, including the emergence of C.H.E. (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) and G.L.F. (Gay Liberation Front), early and ongoing Gay Pride Celebrations in the UK, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and the ongoing struggle against Hate Crime.


Trudy also invited local poets and spoken word artists to share a poem inspired by their own personal experiences of being part of the LGBT+ community in an Open Mic Night.





Unfortunately, one poem was not captured on the recording but you can watch another performance of the same poem by Dominic Berry here.


Many thanks to all the poets who joined us for the evening:


LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson  


Dino Mahoney

Alice Denny



Megan Chapman


Dominic Berry


Film: The Boy and the Bear 


‘The Boy and The Bear’, written and presented by Rose Collis, is a pre-filmed audio-visual account of the personal and political journey taken by a lesbian and her closest gay male friend (who both came out in 1978) from 1977 until 1983, drawing on personal testimony, letters, diaries and archive materials. It takes place against a backdrop of, and in the context of, early Gay Pride marches and other activism, ‘agit-prop’ gay/feminist theatre, the London gay scene of the 1970s and the early days of the AIDS epidemic.


Watch the film on YouTube here.