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A poem by Trudy Howson, LGBT Poet Laureate, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969
It’s 50 years since the Stonewall Riots,
Where a lesbian threw the first punch.
And her Queer family rose up and refused:
To be beaten, ostracised or abused
The nurses, the teachers, artists…artistes
Sex workers, designers, conductors of a bus
The mothers, the fathers. The famous and infamous
The typical and untypical. People like us.
Those brave, big-hearted people
Sparked a Global Gay Awareness.
Magazines, clubs and networks flourished
Demanding justice, equality and fairness.
Let’s remember and celebrate our History,
But not falter in the ongoing fight.
To eradicate prejudice through education
Teach, that Love is a human right.
Trudy Howson, LGBT Poet Laureate
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