Spoken word

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Poet and poem
Content
KS3, KS4, KS5

Alex Calver 

The Letter T 


A letter to his mum, thanking her for standing by his side through gender dysphoria and transition.
KS3, KS4, KS5
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).
KS3, KS4, KS5

Keith Jarrett

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.
KS3, KS4, KS5
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.
KS3, KS4, KS5

Maddie

Queeriosity


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.
KS3, KS4, KS5

Ruth Sotoyé

Self Care


A simple statement of the importance of self care, and how it can be done.
KS3, KS4, KS5
Paula talks about the importance of words in helping her form her identity.
KS4, KS5
A bold affirmative statement of Dean’s identity as young, black and gay.
KS4, KS5
Rayane explores the feeling of dissociation which comes with having an eating disorder.
KS4, KS5

Joanna Hoffman

Pride


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.
KS4, KS5
Bibi’s poem calls upon the listener to act in support of diversity and acceptance.
KS5
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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