This Valentine's Day, in collaboration with the Auckland Pride Festival, Auckland War Memorial Museum will present a one-off event under its LATE banner celebrating the diversity of trans and non-binary experiences. LATE: Explicit Inclusion Identity looks at the journey towards equal human rights and inclusion in Aotearoa.
Acclaimed New Zealand playwright Victor Rodger will moderate the event. His plays include Sons, My Name is Gary Cooper and the award- winning Black Faggot which has been performed from Melbourne to Edinburgh, Honolulu and throughout New Zealand.
On the panel will be Georgina Beyer, the world's first transsexual to be elected as a mayor and become a member of parliament; Lexi Matheson, a senior lecturer, accredited karate black belt and Officer of the NZ Order of Merit; Nikolai Talamahina, a transgender musician who performs a fusion R&B, hip hop, neo-soul and electronica under the pseudonym Brown Boy Magik; and Aych McArdle, a community advocate and LGBTI+ human rights defender based in Tāmaki Makaurau.
The evening will conclude with a performance from FAFSWAG, a queer Pacific arts collective based out of South Auckland. They celebrate queer brown bodies, contemporary Pacific arts and cultural restoration.