Media ID 0144-A
Interview with members of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group (26 June 1979) to mark Gay Pride Week 1979
Martin Bond, Philip Hull
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Interview with members of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group to mark Gay Pride Week. Martin Bond and Philip Hull, with interviewer Phil Henry on Radio 2ZN Nelson (26 June 1979)
This is Gay Pride week.. it has grown in international status.. Nelson Gay Welfare Group
Philip - thirty regular members in the group.. support group.. one of the main problems affecting gays is that we’ve grown up in a heterosexual world..
Martin – come up against prejudices.. we have people keeping on an eye on the press..
Philip – a quarter of the group are women..
Martin – we live in a heterosexual world.. they assume that this is the only valid sexual option.. for homosexuals, every single life situation involves a certain conflict.. conscious prejudice..
Philip – ignorance of heterosexuals.. most of us are hidden.. isolation.. for two-thousand years we’ve been cut off from each other.. it’s only be in the last ten years..
Martin – it is possible for homosexuals to hide.. suppress themselves.. sexuality is a very basic thing.. when we declare ourselves people feel uncomfortable..
Philip – gay teachers.. the gay student needs a role model.. as children we didn’t have anyone to look up to..
Martin – coming out.. it is essential.. necessary to overcome one’s own self-oppression.. unexpected positive response from people..
It’s the result of a growing awareness.. the more people that known I’m gay the more liberated I feel.. we need the support of our peers..
Philip – times have changed..
Our group has only been going for two months.. research on homosexuality.. Kinsey.. 1 in 10 people are basically homosexual.. In a Nelson Street.. 10 people in a street of 25 houses are likely to be gay