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Malcolm Vaughan (part 2)

In this podcast Malcolm Vaughan remembers people and venues relating to Wellington's rainbow communities over the last four decades. This is part two of a longer interview - part one can be heard here.

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Malcolm Kennedy-Vaughan reflects on Wellington's rainbow communities, covering four decades from the 1970s to the 2020s.

The discussion begins with the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, highlighting the challenges faced, including the need for strict service protocols. Kennedy-Vaughan reminisces about various venues and their patronage over the years, noting the vibrant and fluctuating nightlife. Kennedy-Vaughan shares stories of patrons and experiences, emphasizing the camaraderie and communal support within these spaces.

A significant part of the interview focuses on Georgina Beyer, a trailblazer in the community. Kennedy-Vaughan details their long-standing friendship, from working together at the Royal Oak Hotel to flatting and beyond. Kennedy-Vaughan speaks highly of Beyer's journey from the nightlife scene to becoming a respected political figure, applauding their honesty and integrity in public life.

Kennedy-Vaughan also touches on the life and impact of another prominent figure, Chrissy Witoko. Witoko's contribution to the community, their role as a venue owner, and their strong personality are highlighted. Kennedy-Vaughan describes Witoko as a person of great character and resilience, who played a crucial role in shaping Wellington's rainbow community.

Throughout the interview, Vaughan provides a rich tapestry of Wellington's nightlife and the LGBTQ+ community, offering insights into the societal changes, challenges, and triumphs experienced over the years.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.


1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 20 buller street (apartment), 2000s, 2010s, 2020s, able traders, afterlife memorial trust, alcohol, alcohol laws, alcohol license, alfies 2, ali baba's nightclub, aotearoa new zealand, arrest, art-a-rama, australia, bamboo bar, bill logan, bistro bar, bloomers review (alfies), bojangles, boulcott street, breasts, brian le gros, carmen rupe, carmen rupe's 70th birthday, carmen's curio shop (third and final location), carmen's international coffee lounge, carmen's new international coffee lounge (second and final location), carterton, casper's bar and cafe, chrissy witoko, chrissy witoko memorial trust, club bar (royal oak hotel), club exotic, club exotique, cottaging, covid traffic light red, covid-19 (coronavirus), covid-19 omicron variant, covid-19 vaccine pass, cruising, cuba street, dana de milo, dana depaul, daniel fielding, dominion hotel, dorian society (former site), drag, drugs, egyptian collectables, emmanuel papadopoulos snr, evergreen coffee house, funeral, gay, genevieve westcott​, georgina beyer, ghuznee street, gypsy (wellington), hiv / aids, homosexual, homosexual law reform, hotel st george, jeff whittington, karori, levin, liks strip club (vivian street), majestic centre, malcolm kennedy-vaughan, marion street, mayor, member of parliament, museum of new zealand te papa tongarewa, nicole duval, night porter, nightclub, parents, pasi daniels, patron, peter cuthbert, phillip cottrell, police, politics, pound nightclub, queen, rion mckenzie, roast, royal new zealand returned and services' association (rsa), royal oak hotel, salvation army, salvation army citadel, san francisco bath house, sanctuary cruise club, scott kennedy, scotty and mal's cocktail bar, seaward macgregor, sex work, sex-on-site venues, spatz nightclub (harris street), striptease, sunset strip, sydney, tavern bar (royal oak hotel), the balcony / le balcon, the block, the boatshed, the dome, the purple onion, toad hall cafe (plimmer steps), toasted sandwich, toledo bar (royal oak hotel), trans, transexual, transgender, trevor morley, triangles coffee lounge, vice, vice squad, vivian street, wellington, working girl

Record date:26th January 2022
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004634).