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Ellen(September 2012)

In this podcast Ellen talks about being young and lesbian in 2012.

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This summary will delve into the podcast recording "Ellen - Q12" from the Q12 series, which took place in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand on September 20th, 2012. In this 15-minute podcast, the interviewee, a 22-year-old studying counseling, shares intimate details about their life and experiences as a young member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The individual being interviewed originally hails from the UK but moved to the Far North of New Zealand at the age of thirteen. They have an active role within School's Out Wellington as a facilitator and also volunteer in education. Their interests range from pop culture fandoms to reading, writing, learning to skateboard, and watching roller derby. Music also holds a special place in their life, despite familial teasing about their love for musicals.

During the podcast, they discuss their gender identity and elucidate on how a social experiment presenting as male for two weeks allowed them to explore gender fluidity. Their sexual orientation is candidly expressed, and they identify as a lesbian. Cultural identity is given as New Zealand European, and they present as a tomboy, aligning their gender expression with their identity.

Reflecting on their sexual orientation, they recount their realization of being attracted to females at around 16, after a peculiarly distant relationship with a so-called boyfriend. This introspection led them to understand past crushes and recognize their preference for female partners. The first modest forays into acknowledging their sexuality occurred online, with friends who provided support.

When they decided to come out publicly at 18 after leaving a homophobic school environment, their family, identified as "big, green hippies," provided a worry-free backdrop for this revelation. Despite some social shunning and isolated incidents of homophobia, they describe a generally positive and supportive personal network.

The first LGBT group that they attended and facilitated was School's Out. Participation in this and other LGBT community activities often led to meeting new people and expanding their community connections. This illustrates their proactive engagement in fostering camaraderie and support within the community.

Significantly, they engage in a detailed discussion about their first romantic relationship with another female, focusing on the quality of their communication, the pace of their relationship, and how the connection was formed. It's clear that this relationship marked an important milestone for them.

Within the wider conversation about sexuality, the individual raises the concept of virginity, offering a personal view that prioritizes subjective feelings and mutual satisfaction over traditional definitions. The theme underscores the podcast's dedication to celebrating the diversity of human experiences.

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Record date:20th September 2012
Interviewer:Benji Watt
Location:Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004044).