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Georgie(October 2012)

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

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This abstract summarizes a podcast interview with an individual named Georgie, conducted in Manawatū, New Zealand, on October 11, 2012. The podcast is part of a series titled “Georgie - Q12” and discusses diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ life in the 2010s.

The recording kicks off with a casual conversation about a bygone fast-food chain, Georgie Pie, and moves into Georgie's introduction. Georgie is a 21-year-old studying veterinary medicine in Palmerston North, originally from Waikato. They recall their childhood in New Zealand with their two older siblings and two cats, joking about being a “cat lady.”

When asked about their sexuality, Georgie identifies as gay and shares details about their gender identity and expression. They describe a mix of feminine and masculine traits and the societal pressure they felt to conform to expectations surrounding femininity. Georgie notes a conflict between wanting to appear attractive in a typically feminine way and their equally authentic desire for muscularity and fitness, characteristics they associate with masculinity.

Georgie goes on to discuss a struggle with their cultural identity, acknowledging Dutch ancestry but primarily identifying with the broader label of New Zealander. The interview then delves into Georgie’s personal journey with their sexuality, including an impactful experience during high school which led to a public outing and false accusations of misconduct. This event marked a challenging period in their life characterized by love, heartbreak, depression, and eventual growth.

The narration continues as Georgie describes their relationship history. They articulate the pattern of moving from one relationship to another, the latest breakup leading them to a strong resolve to remain single and to navigate a sense of independence in adulthood. Despite the difficulties experienced, Georgie shares an overarching desire to find meaningful, monogamous relationships.

Getting into the broader experience of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in New Zealand, Georgie discusses the support they have—or haven't—received. They mention facing discrimination, including a public confrontation at a cinema in Wellington that was rooted in homophobic assumptions. Furthermore, Georgie reflects on the different ways in which prejudice presents itself, such as the sexual objectification they’ve dealt with versus the physical violence and demeaning rhetoric more typically directed at gay men.

In discussing their conceptualization of virginity and sex, Georgie argues for a broader and more inclusive understanding of these terms beyond the traditional definitions grounded in heterosexual norms. Their emphasis is on the mental and emotional aspects of intimacy, alongside the physical.

This interview touches on significant social themes, including coming out, relationships, monogamy, and navigating various forms of discrimination and acceptance within family, friendships, and society. The challenges and complexities of living as an LGBTQ+ individual are portrayed candidly, from grappling with societal expectations to personal struggles with mental health.

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Record date:11th October 2012
Interviewer:Benji Watt
Location:Manawatū, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004034).