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NZ's transgender history displayed in Sydney

Wed 25 Jun 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

A photographic exhibition in Sydney celebrating New Zealand's tranvestite and transgender history is getting rave reviews, in stark contrast to the controversy created 25 years ago on its original display in Auckland. Fiona Clark's Go Girl exhibition contains images that, because of public reaction, stopped her show from opening in Auckland back in 1975. The core of the display features a group of black and white portraits taken at the "Gay Lib Dance Party" 1974 and large colour images taken in 1975 at Auckland's Mojo's club, as well as the "Miss NZ Drag Queen Ball". "I think the women in Clark's photographs frighten because society can't accept their potent sexuality,” says Anne Loxley, a reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald, who also says the exhibition has "great intensity” and reveals a “spirit of defiance".    

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First published: Wednesday, 25th June 2003 - 12:00pm

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