A Panel Discussion
We've Always Been Here
Saturday Feburary 17, 2024 • 2:30 - 3:30pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place
A panel discussion chaired by researcher and activist Jack Byrne.
Jack will be joined by Leonie Pihama, Mani Mitchell and Phylesha Brown-Acton to explore historical and elder perspectives on queer visibility and resistance. In 2024, what has changed and what’s still the same?
We've Always Been Here will be supported by a live NZSL interpreter.
Free to attend, no reservation required.
He / Him
Jack Byrne is a Pākehā trans man, born in Māwhera in 1962 who works in Tāmaki Makaurau as a researcher, including as the Co-Principal Investigator for Counting Ourselves, Aotearoa’s trans health survey. His Rainbow advocacy and research started in dyke communities in 1982, and since 2002 has focused on the human rights of transgender people. Jack also supports Rainbow Path’s advocacy work for Rainbow refugees and asylum seekers in Aotearoa.
Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Waikato
Leonie Pihama is a mother of six and a grandmother of six. She is Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research and is working as Research Director at Tū Tamawahine o Taranaki and is Director of Māori and Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company. Leonie is a leading kaupapa Māori educator and researcher. Leonie is co-editor of the publication Honouring Our Ancestors: Takatāpui, Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQI+ Well-being.
Mx They / Them
Mani Bruce Mitchell was born in the emergent shadow of WWII - In 1953, identified “inappropriately’ as a hermaphrodite (intersex) assigned male, this was reversed to female one year later. Mani describes their life as a now gentle journey coming to terms with the trauma of their childhood, confusion, secrets, lies shame, surgeries, and sexual abuse. Living now as a queer, non-binary, intersex elder is enjoying writing, conversations and reflections on a life that is now beautifully entering its seventh decade.
Ellen Melville Centre
2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1000
Ellen Melville Centre is in Freyberg Square, opposite the rainbow staircase in central Auckland. This event will be held on the first floor of the venue, in the Pioneer Women's Hall. The hall is wheelchair friendly, via an elevator, and has an accessible toilet.