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Teenage Years

Audio from the session: Teenage Years.

To set the scene, Chrys Jones and her friend Aleisha Parkinson give a performance of I Am Sure, which gives a sense of the cliff-edge intensity of LGBTQI teenage years.

Historian Chris Brickell, best known for his award-winning book Mates and Lovers, talks about teenagers in New Zealand history, and explores social pressures on queer youth, but also the complexities of experience and identity. Then Stevan Eldred-Grigg reflects on his own personal history as a teenager in the 1960s and how the meaning of his queer life was filtered through novels, poetry, comics, radio, cinema and television, as well as the wider society and the family. Does a look back at our past help us understand the pressures and possibilities felt by today's young New Zealanders? The session is chaired by Peter Wells.

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  • 0:00:07 - Peter Wells introduction
  • 0:02:05 - Chrys Jones and Aleisha Parkinson perform I Am Sure
  • 0:05:50 - Chris Brickell
  • 0:33:55 - Stevan Eldred-Grigg

A special thank you to the organisers and participants for allowing us to record this event.


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Record date:13th February 2016
Location:Auckland University of Technology