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Kail(February 2012)

In this podcast Kail talks about being young and gay in 2012.

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In the podcast titled "Kail - Q12," recorded on the 9th of February 2012 in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, the speaker discussed their experience of being young and gay in the early 2010s. Throughout a 15-minute conversation, the speaker – a 20-year-old who identifies as gay – shared their journey of self-discovery, coming out, relationships, and navigating both the joy and challenges of their identity.

The speaker realized their sexuality at a church event, where the attraction to other males became clear and led to a feeling of being different. This realization was kept a secret at first, but later the storyteller came out to their mother in a spontaneous moment before meeting their father. The reaction was one of confusion at first, but ultimately there was a sense of support. In contrast, when revealing their sexuality to their father, the initial response was one of disbelief followed by acceptance—though not without awkward silences and repeated confirmations.

Coming out to the wider community was less eventful for the speaker, as many had already assumed their sexuality. This led to feelings of offense initially, but eventually those feelings gave way to relief and an indifference toward others' opinions, emphasizing a deep personal understanding and self-acceptance.

In terms of relationships, the speaker had very specific attributes they looked for in a partner, likening their ideal to a Prince Charming archetype. Despite these high standards, they longed for a meaningful connection with someone special, underscoring a desire for traditional romantic intimacy.

Contrary to outside perceptions, the speaker had experienced support within their community with no mention of organizational assistance. However, they did reflect on the positive influence of attending a camp and an outbound course, which provided environments where they could express themselves more openly.

With regards to dealing with homophobia, the speaker highlighted a resilience to societal abuse, which typically came in the form of verbal harassment rather than physical. Optimistic about their identity, the individual brushed off negative comments and focused on the support they received from their true friends.

Professionally, the individual expressed aspirations to become a singer and was already involved in the performing arts. The creative environment seemed to offer both a refuge and a platform for expression. The extended network of friends gained through their involvement in the scene was something the speaker thoroughly valued.

Discussing the gay scene at the time, the speaker identified an overwhelming presence of drama often driven by hostile personalities vying for dominance, something they noted as an area for growth within the community.

By the end of the interview, the speaker had spelled out their vision for a happy, self-determined life, undeterred by the dramas of social politics and buoyed by a rewarding social circle.

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Record date:9th February 2012
Interviewer:Benji Watt
Location:Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-003916).