LGBT+ History Month celebrated with launch of poem anthology

19 February 2020

A celebration of LGBT+ History took place at the Trestle Arts Base this week, with the launch of an anthology of poems about gender, identity and diversity, with Hertfordshire County Council - YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People.

The theme of this year’s LGBT+ History Month is poetry, prose and plays. A book of poems was put together following National Lottery funded workshops and with the poet Dean Atta. Copies will be sent to schools in Hertfordshire in order to promote discussion around identity, gender and diversity.


Speaking at the launch of the event, poet Dean Atta said: “We didn’t have books like this when I was younger. This anthology will give hope and young people will be able to see themselves reflected back.”

Other speakers at the event included Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Inspector Steven Alison, Chair of the Constabulary’s LGBT+ Network, Hate Crime Officer PC Teresa Holden, artist Vedi Roy and young people who attend some of the YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People LGBT+ projects across the county.

The event was attended by more than 70 young people, who also had an opportunity to take part in workshops which further explored gender and identity.

The Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, Cllr Teresa Heritage said: “This collection of poems is invaluable in promoting more discussion around gender, sexuality and identity. In ensuring that schools in Hertfordshire have a copy, we hope that more young people will feel supported.”

Those who attended the event said:

“The day was inspiring and to be in such a safe inclusive place is amazing. The talks, performances and speeches were all engaging, and the workshops were fab!”

“Today was really fun, this being the first Young Pride in Herts event I have been to. I found it amazing. I loved being able to meet new people.”

“What a fabulous celebration! A great opportunity to support young LGBT+ people. A safe space for honesty and vulnerability – here’s to more!”

YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People provides 13 LGBT+ youth projects, which provide support to young people from the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities across the county. They provide a safe space where young people can be their true selves.

Over the last year, young people from the projects have taken part in Herts and London Pride events, Pride Prom, residential stays, workshops and theatre trips with a focus on identity, diversity and inclusion, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

For more information about YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People LGBT+ projects, please visit Support for Young LGBT+ People.