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Snapshot 2000 - Nigel(January 2000)

In this podcast Nigel talks about coming out and first sexual experience.

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This summary provides an overview of an audio recording titled "Snapshot 2000 - Nigel," made in Sydney, Australia on January 23, 2000. The content covers personal recollections from the 1970s and touches upon themes such as self-realization, societal attitudes, and family dynamics within the context of LGBTQ+ experiences.

The recording features an individual reflecting on their journey of self-discovery and acceptance. They recount early indications of their sexual orientation during childhood and adolescence, noting an absence of attraction to females and a strong rapport with them. Despite this, societal expectations led to a prolonged engagement with a woman, which was ultimately called off due to the realization that the relationship was unsustainable.

The individual describes the pivotal moment of coming out, which occurred six months prior to the recording after relocating to Wellington from a conservative hometown. This process brought a mix of reactions; while colleagues were accepting, the transition proved more challenging in Sydney, where despite its reputation as an open society, the individual encountered greater ignorance and difficulty.

A particularly poignant moment discussed in the audio is the coming out to their parents over the phone, an experience that was met with silence and a significant strain on their relationship. The individual speaks about the emotional toll this reaction took on them, while also expressing an understanding of their parents' conservative background and the hope that they will eventually come to terms with their identity.

The narrative also delves into the individual's first sexual encounter with another male, which occurred concurrently with their coming out. While the experience was affirmative in some respects, there was a sense of disillusionment due to unmet expectations and feelings of being used, ultimately leading to a friendship's dissolution. Despite the initial disappointment, subsequent encounters were more positive, suggesting a journey toward self-acceptance and contentment.

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Record date:23rd January 2000
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Sydney, Australia
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004104).