Introduction and Opening - Queer History in the Making

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride nz.com [00:00:05] killed a Kevin hi knows my name. I'm the chair of the trust for the lesbian gay archives of New Zealand. And today we have a community event called show and tell. And it's about celebrating community and raising discussion about what is history, and so forth. And where did the idea come from? The the idea has come from actually, over the last couple of years, logins has been looking at establishing a queer History Month. And so having events during that month of September, October, to look at the shoes that you might be able to raise with our community, about celebration or of history, I guess it's a celebration of history, understanding who we are, what are the things that actually bring us together. And I guess the, the common factor, however we choose to, to identify ourselves is that we are people, or communities, who have been either marginalized because of their differences around sexuality and around gender, or elsewhere being generalized, so that our differences aren't apparent in our society today, so I think it's a great thing for us to to explore that notion of why does that we do have the community, and then to to understand what we do with those differences. And there's certainly about celebrating that, but also discussing those differences. And that distinction, that, that marks us, as AM we market ourselves as a, as a community. So this event is about highlighting our community groups out there, you know, what part they actually play. And then whether we are conscious of it or not, as a community as community groups, but not only community groups, I think also individuals that do the same thing. So in my mind, that's the that's the real underpinning message. I think, from a light games point of view, from the lesbian and gay archives, wisdom and point of view, it's an opportunity for us to encourage and to involve ourselves in the community. And hopefully, to provide some relevance to our community, but also to get them to think about well, why are we here? And how else can Canvas group? Look after the interests? And what are those interests and things like that? So I think it's a really interesting, interesting space and to festivity. And so as we celebrate the differences that we have within the wider society, as we celebrate the differences within our own society that keep our distinctiveness, I think, alive. I was also talking to someone the other day about, I think, how it's useful for us to think about how all the things that have been archived around Wellington, whether it's in the lesbian gay archives, whether it's Popeye, whether it's in archives, New Zealand, whether it's in other institutions, how do we know what's out there? And and how can you assist something that like in should be being should be considering in terms of some lanes being applied to, to highlight the resources, or whatever it is, that's out here, for our community to make it easier to access? The other thing I wanted to say also, is that the in terms of our younger audience, youth audiences, what did I say as the issues for them? What did I want to keep for posterity? Or they think should be recorded? And how should they be recorded? And then finally, how accessible is all it to everybody? Whether you're younger or older video and academic research, or just somebody interested in finding out about their history? how accessible is that information? And I think it'd be great to get some feedback during the day, or in response to this event about those sort of issues. It's quite a it's a lot. It's a quite a broad issue. But I think it's something that at least this event gives us the opportunity to think about. [00:04:47] There are quite a number of groups sitting up in the ground floor of the National Library, showing the diversity of the communities. Can you describe some of the things we've seen? [00:04:57] So we can see the Overwatch the Defence Force, community group of queer called queer people, I can see a whole lot of sports groups sitting up, Rainbow Wellington, front runners, I can see movie outtakes 2015. So the community celebrates movies and stuff like that I can see also a number of groups from from representing the lesbian side, so to speak. So the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust, I can also see advocacy groups such as rainbow Wellington, youth groups here, I can see Molly target groups sitting up here, this whole range, it's amazing, the diversity and the response that we've had to to the to the killer thoughts, I just start off the event. Today, we're just going to have a karaoke song in the form of our water. And then following a few words of welcome. [00:09:12] Hello. [00:09:33] Hello. [00:09:58] rushed over to say welcome to everyone today to query history in the making the show intel community event. The thing that I think brings us together as a community are those things that we are the feel marginalized back. So in terms of our sexual or gender, identity, our cultural identity or things that we are generalized about in terms of being made to be normal. And of course, those are the things that distinguish us, because we are looking at those distinctions all the time. Today's event is about celebrating the history that we have as a community to celebrate the diversity within our community, to celebrate outside our community who we are. And on behalf of the lesbian and gay archives of New Zealand. We welcome you to this event. Thank you very much. To all those community organizations that have come along today 30 organizations that responded to the school once again, we welcome you. So it's an opportunity to share what we're doing, it's an opportunity, an opportunity to share what we think and it's an opportunity to celebrate. And on that note, I just want to acknowledge the National Library, the National Library public services program for hosting us today. I'd like to acknowledge the Alexandria timber library with home the these building gay guys collection against collections held by I'd also like to acknowledge all the volunteers that have assisted us today in particular the colleagues from Mesa who have organized some volunteers to assist on Late Night I think we've got a real really busy program but I do hope you take the opportunity to to enjoy the occasion Have a think about the occasion stimulate some discussion, in terms of where to what if all those things that are really great things for us to be to be thinking about not either category tour called time I eat in a day it only need to cope up here in a la gained know my heart in my mind killer data. [00:15:06] We're going to hand you over to our masters ceremonies or mistress of ceremonies or MC Jacqueline, Kyla Tata [00:15:15] cura Thank you, Kevin. We've got a quite a busy program today. And I hope that all of you think about actually staying for the whole day because there's is a lot going on a lot of dis of different groups here 30 groups here a few few more tried to squeeze in but I think they might have to wait till next year it is it. Yeah, get in quick sort of one of those events in it is a very special events. For us it is and fake queer history in the making, that we've been able to come together in the National Library like this. My experience of us all getting together like this is more out in the pack. And perhaps with not so focused on a history isn't having a lot of fun, which we will have today as well. We have, if you've got the program, being able to access program, there's a series of eight minutes, let me stress, eight minute presentations could be lyst. But not more presentations from the different groups during the day. And there's sort of a morning session, then afternoon session. But parallel to those presentations. Linda Evans, and Roger Swanson from logins will be presenting the curated collections in the program room, which is sort of just behind us over here. The room itself will be lot when they're not doing those presentations, presentations. So if you can make it to one of them, that's a similar presentation in the morning, and then one in the afternoon. The first one that they're doing starts at 1120. And that's about half an hour. The second one is about 140. So you've got two chances to have a have a look at the presentations and to listen to Linda and Roger and have a chat with him about it as well. Really important archives for our communities to start collecting and centralizing and protecting as well for the future. And I understand that if people have bought along things this morning, that they want to donate to logins that they can have a chat to Linda and to Roger and Roger Can you put up your hands and as if we didn't know who they were but you know, just like making people to put the hands up [00:17:39] the I'd like to to open [00:17:43] my section of it is is MC around, thanking against for bringing us together like this. This is no small undertaking. [00:17:57] Many, many people involved in it. And if you need to ask anyone during the day about what's happening on the program, please look out for someone who is wearing the logins badge with the with the name tag on it. I'm going to start stop talking now because we need to keep the time and I've already gone a minute over. So the word will just sit up and then we'll be hearing from Karen Harrison, Adrian Guerlain or Adrian, many of us who are the chairs of the pack and they'll they'll be doing the presentation. So we'll just set up be with us. Don't go away. We'll come back soon.

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