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Shaun(August 2012)

In this podcast Shaun talks about being gay in 2012.

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This abstract summarizes a podcast recording titled "Shaun - Q12", recorded in New Plymouth, Taranaki on August 10, 2012. The podcast features an individual discussing their personal experiences as a gay person in the early 2010s, with reflections on the context of the 1990s.

Initially, the interviewee introduces themselves as a 29-year-old from Taranaki with a passion for cars, surfing, and having fun. They define a typical Taranaki individual as laid-back, easygoing, and adaptable. The interviewee spent most of their life in Taranaki with a brief stint in Wellington, which they compare to a larger version of New Plymouth.

The interviewee openly identifies as gay and describes their gender expression as quite masculine. They recount their coming out experience, which happened 13 years before the recording, and the transition from encountering difficulties to being comfortable with public displays of affection with their partner.

Reflecting on their earlier years in Taranaki, they mention facing challenges and isolation, including some pushback from school teachers and peers which led the interviewee to leave school. However, attitudes have evolved over time, and the interviewee now feels freer to express affection.

During the conversation, the interviewee comments on the differences between Taranaki and Wellington, noting the smaller community feel in both locations. They also highlight the changes in societal acceptance of the LGBTQ community, crediting media representation for some of the positive shifts in perception.

The podcast delves into the interviewee's family dynamics, where their mother was supportive upon learning of their sexuality, while their father initially rejected them, leading to a decade-long estrangement before eventually reconciling. The discussion underscores the significance of parental reactions and family support in the process of coming out and self-acceptance.

The interview also touches on historical events impacting the LGBTQ community in New Zealand, such as the homosexual law reform in 1993, which helped reduce discrimination based on sexual orientation. In terms of legislative progress, they express a desire for full marriage rights rather than just civil unions, reflecting optimism towards the future of marriage equality legislation.

Throughout the interview, they explore the challenges of meeting other members of the LGBTQ community in a smaller city like Taranaki, where they rely on online platforms and social networks to connect with others. They mention the lack of open LGBTQ spaces and suggest that personal networks are vital for community building.

The concept of virginity is also discussed, with the interviewee offering a personal definition that encompasses any sexual act. Additionally, they share experiences of verbal abuse due to their sexual orientation but suggest that physical instances of abuse have been fortunately limited.

In summary, the podcast provides an intimate look at the life and experiences of a gay individual navigating identity, acceptance, and relationships in New Zealand during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It captures the evolution of societal attitudes toward the LGBTQ community and the ongoing push for equality and understanding.

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.

Record date:10th August 2012
Interviewer:Benji Watt
Location:New Plymouth, Taranaki
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004009).