Our current mission and values statement, Daring Together, was the product of more than a year's work, carried out mostly by our Board of Directors but with the advice of our employees. It was ratified by an overwhelming majority in a cross-country employee consultation conducted on 8 April 1998 and adopted by unanimous vote of the members of the Press at the Annual General Meeting held on 30 May 1998.
The iambic cadences of Daring Together are intended to make it easy to remember. But the poetic form also encourages us to view it as a document that asks to be interpreted rather than taken literally.
We, the members and workers of Pink Triangle Press,
are lesbians, gay men and people of good will.
We carry on the work first undertaken by The Body Politic.
The outcome that we seek is this –
Gay and lesbian people daring together to set love free.
Working to achieve our end, we use the published word.
We earn in commerce the money that we need,
mindful that money is not an end, but merely means.
'Gay and lesbian people'
We have chosen as our public lesbians and gay men,
but we bear in mind all those who challenge gender
or bend the borders of desire.
The will and work to change our downcast state
can only be our own.
We engage our chosen public,
rousing them singly and in numbers
to think and act and grow and fill the world,
to form a movement, fight for change
and, in so doing, change themselves.
'Set love free'
We honour lust and seek a world
where sex is valued as a human trait,
no more no less than any other,
and all are free and equal, no matter whom they love.
We engage our chosen public –
readers, listeners, clients and each other –
as worthy equals, with respectful camaraderie.
In all our work we do our best, so drawing out the best in others.
We entice and we incite; we challenge and we lead.
Through the customs of their people, the web of their associations,
the output of their artists and the practice of their commerce,
communities are made and know themselves.
Through strife and argument they grow.
Because communities give birth to movements, we nurture them.
Words are power and they always serve some purpose.
Others use them to oppress us. We use them to express our lives.
We assail the work of censors. Our drive is to arouse debate,
to inform and to enlighten in a fair and honest way.
Gay life was built from social circumstance
by conscious will and daunting work.
What came before is foundation, inspiration, a lesson and a warning.
We seek to own our history: we learn and teach and guard it.