School Diversity Week
The Letter T
A letter to his mum, thanking her for standing by his side through gender dysphoria and transition.
Towards a World Beyond Gender
Remi discusses feeling self-conscious about gender expression, and being questioned by others who want to label you (n.b. the poem finishes at the 1:30 mark and is followed by Remi’s TEDx talk).
A Gay Poem
Keith uses the metaphor of his poem being gay to explore his own attitude to his identity. The poem includes some offensive words for being gay.
A Powerful Poem about Being Transgender
Lee talks about his experience of being a trans man in South Africa, a country with traditional attitudes, and about being outed without his permission.
Maddie was brought up in a Methodist household, and her poem presents how she has been able to bring together her faith and her sexuality.
A simple statement of the importance of self care, and how it can be done.
I Have Always Been in Love with Words
Paula talks about the importance of words in helping her form her identity.
Young, Black and Gay
A bold affirmative statement of Dean’s identity as young, black and gay.
My Soul Pays me a Visit
Rayane explores the feeling of dissociation which comes with having an eating disorder.
The poem explores Hoffman’s internalised shame about being gay, and the pride she felt from self-acceptance. It begins with a reference to drinking alcohol.
The Revolution Will Not Come
Bibi’s poem calls upon the listener to act in support of diversity and acceptance.
Holding Hands with Frank O’Hara
Becky’s thoughtful poem meditates on queerness, and what it means to find affinity with past historical LGBT+ figures, here Frank O’Hara.
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