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Julie Glamuzina

Julie talks about documenting lesbian political activity pre-homosexual law reform, her involvement in various movements in the 1970s and 1980s and the importance of taking direct action.

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In this detailed podcast recorded on October 31, 2015, Julie Glamuzina discusses the importance of documenting lesbian political activity in Aotearoa New Zealand before the homosexual law reform, her participation in various movements of the 1970s and 1980s, and the urgency of direct action for visibility and rights. Glamuzina brought archival material to the interview, including a journal titled "Out Front: Lesbian Political Activity in Aotearoa 1962-1985," which she compiled to prevent the loss of lesbian histories and activities that were otherwise invisible or suppressed.

The interview moves on to explore her specific involvement in the movements surrounding homosexual law reform. Glamuzina details the discriminatory environment in which newspapers wouldn't publish the word “lesbian” or “homosexual”, portraying the importance of socialist action newspapers at the time for voicing protests. A particular focus is given to the Gay Liberation Front and the Auckland manifesto, a document asserting the inherent rights of the LGBTQ+ community without seeking permission.

Glamuzina speaks about a notable event she participated in during 1985, recounting a rally organized by anti-gay groups. She describe the hateful and homophobic speeches made by those opposed to homosexual law reform. To counter this, Glamuzina staged a public kiss with another lesbian, Maxine Wilkinson, at the rally, claiming visibility and rejecting the hate speech on a platform that was later broadcasted on the news, although the photo was mislabelled by a newspaper as showing two gay men.

The podcast illuminates the methods of organizing and rallying the LGBTQ+ community without modern communication technologies, relying on word of mouth, printed materials, and personal community engagement to mobilize and inform. There is also discussion on the systematic discrimination and violence experienced by the LGBTQ+ individuals during the campaign for homosexual law reform and the necessity of direct action and visibility in the face of such adversities.

Glamuzina reflects on the club scene in Wellington and the significance of spaces like Club 41, which provided a safe and exclusive place for lesbians to gather and mobilize politically. Further, Glamuzina provides a perspective on her personal involvement in community initiatives and her continued contributions through writing and publishing, including recent work on the life of Iris Florence Peter Williams, an individual who lived as a man in 20th-century New Zealand.

The interview concludes with Glamuzina reiterating the importance of knowing one's history and the power of being visible and taking direct action to assert rights, thus contributing to the larger narrative of progress and the fight for equality in Aotearoa New Zealand’s LGBTQ+ history.

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Record date:31st October 2015
Interviewer:Jac Lynch
Location:Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004390).