Media ID 0249-B
Gay Radio (27 June 1982) featuring a repeat of a programme about homosexuality first broadcast in 1981 - Lesbian Gay Media Collective, Wellington
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Intro music .. today is the first day of Gay Pride Week 1982
Replay of Gay Radio (Access Radio, Wellington) originally broadcast in 1981
“Who are You” - music
Most of us know from a very early age.. you don’t form your personality until a few years after you’ve come out.. as a gay male I don’t wish to become a woman.. I don’t wish to dress in women’s clothing.. we are much the same as the average Joe Bloggs.. creating weird stereotypes.. distancing..
I’m free from the repressive male stereotype.. I’ve got to define my own lifestyle and values.. freedom.. I’m not straight-jacketed.. I can show emotions.. I can be open..
Men are expected to treat women as sex objects.. but when you don’t relate to them sexually you can treat them as full human beings.. Coming out process.. falling in love with a man.. I knew I was gay but I didn’t know other gay men.. meeting other men..
None of my friends were surprised .. all supportive..
It’s sometimes hard at work .. anti-gay jokes .. barrage of heterosexual ideas.. If I was coming out now I’d look in the personal columns of the newspaper.. a copy of Pink Triangle or OUT.. .. finding other gays
Gay Switchboard – set up as an information service.. counselling service.. varied types of calls.. gay people calling up to meet other gay people.. isolation and loneliness.. a lot of straight people have this paranoia that they can be converted.. homophobia..
Sexual orientation can’t be changed.. psychotherapy in the hope of making us normal.. aversion therapy .. we don’t want or need to change.. I am not sick..
A new kind of society where everyone is free
Society for the Promotion of Community Standards – right wing organisation.. Christian based.. want to return to the good old days.. repressed people themselves..
News item (National Programme?) on gays picketing a Society for the Promotion of Community Standards meeting in Wellington.
“Your children could be Gay .. Do you object to demonstrations like this.. Jesus had an open mind.. you don’t have to be gay to support gay rights.. we’re here to protest at the SPCS action in attempting to ban certain gay and lesbian literature”
Do you support gay rights.. they’re gays ..
Tonight is my privilege to introduce (?) US lawyer
(?) – we should pray for them.. I’ve never seen that kind of protest at a public meeting..
Audience member: I am appalled that people will stand up condemning the people outside.. sanctimonious clap-trap..
A couple of years ago lesbian and gay groups made submissions to the Human Rights Commission.. the Human Rights Commission and the government said go and get lost..
They are so small minded.. they refuse to discuss their findings.. scared or they don’t have any confidence in their decision.. you’re banging your head against a brick wall.. political acts..
Raising your self consciousness .. men find it frightening to have to think past their stereotypes.. the men at work keep making these poofter putdowns.. it’s the constant little put-downs..
Are you a poofter.. Rules – no poofters. (Monty Python ?)
How many jokes do you hear about queers.. every time we laugh we’re putting ourselves down..
British comedy routine - Judges
Stereotypes.. lisp, high voice.. effeminate males.. masculine women..
If it’s not treated as a stereotype they ignore the subject .. Close To Home can’t be dealt with.. Editors are scared of what their audience will accept and believe.. Truth will quiet happily destroy somebody .. people want to be shocked.. The Listener is slightly better..
Basic structure of society – nuclear family.. heterosexual families.. that society oppresses us.. future societies – not based on the oppressive use of power..
When you see the huge amount of creativity and energy that lesbian and gay’s working together can unleash.. a society that is free.
You’ve been listening to Gay Radio..
“Sing if You’re Glad to Be Gay” – Tom Robinson