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The London LGBT poetry scene - amongst others around the UK -  is as prolific and diverse as the LGBT community and, in recent years, poetry has steadily crept into its collective consciousness as accessible, entertaining, and social.

It has a myriad of styles, but is essentially creative writing that expresses the experience and lifestyle of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual persons in our society. Consequently it can be topical, inspiring, funny, heart/ gut wrenching, therapeutic… it can express anything and everything we ever wanted to say.

The formats of LGBT+ poetry events vary from open mike evenings, where anyone can have a go, to venues where some of the finest LGBT+ poets on the circuit strut their stuff. Events are performed at gay venues or gay-friendly straight venues with specific LGBT+ evenings.

INCITE@The Phoenix
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. The Phoenix Artists Club, 1 Phoenix Street,WC2H 8BU

Polari Literary Salon

Poetry LGBT (no website). Monthly Open Mike, hosted by Andreena Bogle
First Sunday of every month, Tipsy Bar. 20 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XN

Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Weekly queer cabaret that includes poetry

The Poetry Café
Hosts regular LGBT poetry events. 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX

Queer’Say hosted by Rosie Wilby
Held regularly at different venues in association with Apple & Snakes and Out in South London Radio

Poetry | GScene

LGBT Poets | Wikipedia
LGBTQ Pride Poems | Poetry Foundation (US)

Bristol Pride: Poet Chris Hyde's "Heart in Mouth" on LGBT equality | BBC | 14 Jul 2018

Who wrote:

Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard.
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word.
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with the sword.

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