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Janette Kelly and Debora Lee(March 2011)

In this podcast Janette Kelly and Debora Lee from New Zealand talks about attending the human rights conference.

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This summary presents key insights from an interview with Debora Lee and Janette Kelly conducted by Gareth Watkins on March 18, 2011, at Wellington Town Hall. The conversation, part of a podcast, centered around their attendance at a human rights conference, where Lee and Kelly shared their experiences and research interests related to diversity, sexuality, and early childhood education.

During the podcast, Lee, an early childhood education specialist from the Faculty of Education in Auckland, discusses their work and interest in how early childhood educators handle diversity, particularly sexuality, which is perceived as one of the most complex and challenging diversities to manage. Lee has conducted research on the experiences of gay mothers and their families in early childhood centers and the issues of visibility and inclusion for people with diverse sexualities within the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland.

Kelly from the University of Waikato speaks about their motivation to attend the conference due to a research interest in sexuality and diversity, and the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in Wellington. Both speakers emphasize the complexity and nuances in the terminologies used within the LGBTQ+ community, recognizing that terms such as queer, dyke, and gay carry different connotations and are used in various contexts depending on personal comfort, social situation, and inclusivity.

The speakers delve into the challenges faced by families with same-sex parents within educational environments and the negotiation of identity for both parents and educators in these settings. They discuss the different family structures that fall under the umbrella of rainbow or queer families, including those formed through fertility treatments, prior heterosexual relationships, and other blended parental arrangements.

Kelly and Lee bring to light the struggles with terminologies that reflect the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community and the discontent with existing acronyms. They urge the need for respectful and inclusive language that embraces the community's multiplicity.

Throughout the discussion, the speakers reveal the potential disconnection between legislative progress and the attitudes within society, especially seen in educational contexts, where sexual diversity is a sensitive topic. Lee shares insights from their research, which show instances of children from same-sex families being isolated or discriminated against due to others' homophobia.

Conclusively, the podcast encapsulates the essential role of educators in fostering inclusive environments, the progress made in fighting for rights and recognition, and the ongoing work required to address the complexities of sexual diversity within society and education. The recording not only provides a snapshot of thoughts and activism around LGBTQ+ issues but also offers a look into the hopes for a more accepting and respectful future.

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Record date:18th March 2011
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington Town Hall, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004163).