Kara Areta Alice Beckford

Kara Areta Alice Beckford
Kara Areta Alice Beckford

Q-List Season 1 Episode 4

Kara Areta Alice Beckford

Kara Areta Alice Beckford Ngāti Whakaue, Jamaican-Maroons she/her/they/them/ia

Black (afro-Caribbean) Māori (Ngāti Whakaue) takatāpui Queer moko, daughter, sister, friend and partner. Kara is a mental health and LGBTQI+ advocate, poet, and over-thinker who is writing her Ph.D. thesis on the capacities of BIPOC communities in Aotearoa to be well and live full radical lives. She is persistent in the pursuit of healing, love, and wellness as social justice for the communities that she belongs to, including herself. Some of her favourite things are being on her marae, watching b-grade films, kittens, babies, deep and meaningful conversations with strangers, and playing her new 1950’s fire red Fender Squire electric guitar! Some of her favourite people, past and present, are her mum, siblings, grandparents, and hot Bajan fiancé.

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Four Women
Nina Simone

Whey Mi Belang?
Mutabaruka

MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Lil Nas X

Matariki i te po
Maisey Rika

Fem queen-
Ms Boogie

Ego Tripping
Nikki Giovanni

The Colour Purple
Alice Walker

Sister Outsider
Audre Lorde

Wāhine Toa
Robyn Kahukiwa

Ruahine: Mythic Women
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

Born Palestinian Born Black
Suheir Hammad

The Last Warner Woman
Kei Miller

Teaching my mother how to give birth
Warsan Shire Salt-Nayyirah Waheed

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Chinwe Akomah

Chinwe Akomah
Chinwe Akomah

Q-List Season 1 Episode 5

Chinwe Akomah

Queer British LGBTQIA  ‘Black Activist’ hails from South London. Ran NZ’s only black trans lives matter in March 2020 and they produced the All queer all POC play The Eternal Queers. Unapologetically Black and proud.

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Doo-Wop (That Thing)
Lauryn Hill

Tell Him
Lauryn Hill

Nothing Even Matters
Lauryn Hill ft. D'Angelo

Questions and Answers
Biffy Clyro

Paris is burning

Things Fall Apart
Akala

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Rafiqah Sulaiman Binti Abdullah

Rafiqah Sulaiman
Rafiqah Sulaiman

Q-List Season 1 Episode 3

Rafiqah Sulaiman Binti Abdullah

Rafiqah Sulaiman Binti Abdullah is a 30-year-old Filipina Muslim transgender woman from Manila. She is a social justice advocate based in Tamaki Makauru tackling racism, xenophobia and raising awareness on achieving mental health well-being, LGBTQIA+ rights, and social equity. She is eclectic in her music tastes, enjoys a buffet of world cuisine, is an appreciator of nature’s diversity, is a makeup lover, and is passionate about culture and justice. 

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Reflection
Christina Aguilera

Born this way
Lady Gaga

You’ll be in my heart
Phil Collins

I don’t need a man
Pussycat Dolls

Go the distance
Michael Bolton

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Donald Hollingsworth

Donald Hollingsworth
Donald Hollingsworth

Q-List Season 1 Episode 2

Donald Hollingsworth

Donald Hollingsworth; Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi, Takatāpui, Gay, Queer, style-king, or queen, depending on the day. Donald has been working in fashion, television, and celebrity for the last 35 years.

Growing up in a tourist town, Rotorua, Aotearoa, he grew up battling the locals because of his natural effeminacy.

In 1987 when Aotearoa introduced gay and lesbian law reform, at age 16 Donald was there protesting.

Lover of Electronica and 80s boy bands and pop art.

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Gentlemen take Polaroids
Japan

Lover come back to me
Dead or alive

What have I done to deserve this? Pet shop boys Dusty Springfield

Tell me why
Bronski beat

Obnoxiously Sexual
GusGus

Nico Life and Lies of an Icon by Richard Witts

Japan and Self Existence; Mick Kahn

Ugly; Constance Briscoe

A Child called it; David Pelzer

Running with Scissors; Ryan Murphy director

Beautiful Thing; Hettie Mcdonald

Paris is Burning: Jennie Livingston

Milk; Gus Van Sant

Happiness: Todd Solanz

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Vinod Bal

Q-List Season 1 Episode 1

Vinod Bal

Vinod is a 23-year-old Indian man who is passionate about making positive change for our communities. He grew up in Ngaruawahia and completed his primary, secondary and tertiary education in the Waikato region. He is passionate about ensuring our communities get the outcomes they deserve, whether that be greater visibility or better material outcomes. People of Colour, statistically speaking, are the largest LGBT+ group on earth and yet, if one were to look at popular queer culture, you would be hard pressed to see this reality. Vinod is a part of the LGBT+-POC rights movement because he wants to change this. He has an interest in legal and policy advocacy for queer and trans People of Colour, both here in Aotearoa and overseas, and is looking to work on global law reform so LGBT+ POC can have their rights realised.

Learn more about the great work Vinod does at https://www.adhikaaraotearoa.co.nz/

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

A Hindi film about a lesbian woman who comes out in rural Punjab, in the setting of a play;

LoADED by Christos Tsiolka

‘I’m not Australian, I’m not Greek, I’m not anything … What I am is a runner. Running away from a thousand and one things that people say you have to be or should want to be.’

Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas is one of Melbourne’s most iconic works of fiction. In Tsiolkas’s high-octane, sex- and drugs-fuelled 1995 debut novel we follow 19-year-old Ari – Greek, gay and furious with the world – as he moves through the east, north, west and south of the city.

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Beta by Rakesh Ratti

Published in Yaraana: Gay Writing from India by Hoshang Merchant, a poem that discusses the challenge between “desire” vs “duty.”

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Bessie Smith

TODAY we celebrate

Bessie Smith

A legendary blues singer, known in her time as the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith’s influences continue to echo through the ages. She was the most highly paid black entertainer of her era and blazed a trail for many subsequent icons of Black music to follow.

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Marsha P Johnson

TODAY we celebrate

Marsha P Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, a sex worker, a drag performer who was at the forefront of several pivotal moments in modern history. She established Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), one of the country’s first safe-spaces for transgender and homeless youth, and tirelessly advocated on behalf of sex workers, prisoners, and people with HIV/AIDS. She was a major player in the Stonewall uprising and was heavily involved in New York’s art scene, modelling for Andy Warhol. She remains a woman who is impossible to forget.

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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

TODAY we celebrate

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is a Ugandan LGBT rights activist. An accountant who turned to activism after living an openly lesbian life nearly got her expelled from university in 2012, she is founder and executive director of the LGBTQ rights organisation Freedom & Roam Ugandan (FARUG). She is also known for being one to take a Ugandan tabloid paper to court for publishing names and photos of (alleged) gays and lesbians.

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Angela Davis

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Angela Davis

Angela Davis is an icon of black history. A founding member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, she has written extensively on topics such as race, class, civil rights, mass incarceration and feminism. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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