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Gay History Project to preserve our stories

Sat 14 Feb 2009 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

A new gay social history project aims to build up an archive of LGBT life from the 1960's to the 1980's. Rainbow Wellington Chair Tony Simpson is looking for volunteers to share their stories, in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. "Our unique lifestyle and culture is now disappearing post decriminalisation, and exists largely only in the recollection of those who took part in it. It needs and deserves to be preserved," he explains. A former industrial advocate, radio producer, and currently senior public servant, Simpson has extensive experience as a writer and has had several books and articles about New Zealand history and culture. Material that Simpson collects will be deposited in the Oral History Archive of Wellington's Alexander Turnbull Library, and may also be the subject of a book. Contributions can be anonymous if preferred. Email Tony Simpson at to get involved.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Saturday, 14th February 2009 - 9:28am

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