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Gay Kids – Utstillingsåpning på Fincken, lørdag 31. mai

FOTOUTSTILLING PÅ FINCKEN FRA 31. MAI TIL 1. AUGUST

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Lørdag den 31. mai klokken 13 åpner utstillingen ”Gay Kids – Kule barn som også finnes” i Bergen. Det er en bok og utstilling som presenterer barndomsbildene og barndomshistoriene til voksne lesbiske, bifile eller homofile mennesker. Den kunstneriske tilnærmingen gjør det lettere for barn og voksne å snakke om homofili. Barnebildene er også egnet til å utfordre uvitenhet og fordommer. Dermed legger den grunnlag for trygghet, toleranse og respekt hos barn og voksne – uansett seksuell orientering.

Fincken lørdag 31. mai:
Klokken 13:00: Åpning av Gay Kids på Fincken
- Introduksjon av Frode Grytten
- Gay Kid Hanne forteller små historier fra sin oppvekst

Gay Kids på Fincken er en del av programmet under Regnbuedagene i Bergen, og er ukens første post på programmet som varer fra 31. mai til 8. juni. Klikk her for hele programmet for Regnbuedagene 2014.

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GAY KIDS I AFTENPOSTEN

De siste ukene har voksne mennesker snakket om barn i Aftenposten. Noen som kaller seg rare ting, som kjønnsforskere og sexologer, har kranglet om hva det vil si å være gutt, jente eller noe de kaller transe. Vi i Gay Kids synes at sånne voksne bør la barna være i fred. Hvis en kjønnsforsker synes dameklær er bedre enn mannsklær, eller at rosa er bedre enn blått – ja da kan han kle seg i sånne klær selv. Sånne kjønnsforskere må også få lov til å kle seg i mørke farger og gjøre tøffe manneting. Eller bruke dameparykk og masse leppestift. Det er ikke noe galt med det! Galt blir det når voksne forteller at jenter ikke får lov til å elske rosa og Barbie dukker eller at gutter ikke får lov til å drømme om å bli brannmann når de blir store. Er du gutt og er glad i å drive med jenteting har du også lov til det. Alt er lov. Ikke hør på hva sånne eksperter sier! Barna ruler. Du bestemmer du selv!!

Velkommen til Youchat-treff på Maihaugen lørdag 31. august

YOUCHAT-TREFF PÅ MAIHAUGEN

Velkommen til Youchat-treff på Maihaugen lørdag 31. august. Photo: Erik André Nes

Youchat inviterer deg til treff på Maihaugen lørdag 31. august. Omvisning på Gaykids-utstillingen er inkludert!

Youchat ønsker velkommen til treff på Maihaugen og skriver dette på sine nettsider:

“Youchat-treff er en annerledes dag for deg som er ung og homofil, lesbisk, bifil, skeiv og for deg som ikke er sikker. På treffet blir du kjent med andre som opplever noen av de samme tingene som deg selv. Når vi møtes tar vi utgangspunkt i spørsmål og valg vi møter i vår hverdag, og tar opp disse gjennom diskusjoner, små øvelser og deling av erfaringer. Vi vil snakke om identitet, åpenhet, hvordan man kan komme ut, forelskelse, sex, familie, vennskap og nettverk, men det er også rom for at deltakerne kommer med innspill på temaer som opptar dere. Det viktigste er hva dere får ut av tiden vi har sammen. Siden Gaykids, kule barn som også finnes, stiller ut på Maihaugen skal vi også gi dere en omvisning og snakke om bildene.

Å være med på et Youchat-treff en god mulighet for deg til å bli kjent med andre unge homofile, lesbiske, bifile og skeive der du bor. Vi skal bli kjent og ha det hyggelig sammen – kanskje går du herfra med en ny venn?”

Hvem kan være med?
Det er helt gratis å være med på Youchat-treff. Vi er sammen en lørdag, og du vil få mat og drikke her. Trenger du hjelp til å dekke reisen? Send en mail til marie@helseutvalget.no. Nærmere info om tid og sted finner du i påmeldingsskjemaet.

Når: Lørdag 31. august
Hvor: Maihaugen, Lillehammer (Maihaugveien 1, 2609 Lillehammer)
Alder: Til og med 20 år
Hvem: For deg som ønsker å lære noe nytt, dele erfaringer og å bli kjent med nye mennesker

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GAY KIDS STIG-WERNER

Jeg er oppvokst på Lillehammer. Da jeg var liten bodde jeg og mamma hos besteforeldrene mine. Bestefar arbeidet som vaktmester på malerisamlingen på Lillehammer. Det heter Lillehammer kunstmuseum nå. Bestefar hadde vaktmesterleilighet i museet. Det var artig. For etter stengetid kunne jeg sykle rundt omkring på trehjulssykkelen min, helt for meg selv, og titte på maleriene. Du skulle nesten tro jeg at jeg ble maler når jeg ble stor, men det ble jeg ikke. Har du sett filmen ”Reisen til julestjernen”? Den onde greven – det er meg!!!!

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GAY KID STIG-WERNER AT MAYHAUGEN

On Friday, May the 31th, at 10 pm Gay Kids Norway is opening at Maihaugen. A prominent guest, and a most important part of the Norwegian Gay Kids project, is the actor Stig-Werner Moe. This is his childhood history: “I grew up in Lillehammer. As a kid I lived with my mother and grandparents. My grandfather worked as a caretaker at the Lillehammer City Collection of Paintings. He had an apartment in the museum building and it was quite an adventure to live there. After closing hours I could cycle around, all on my own, on my tricycle enjoying the art collection. You should think I would have grown-up to be a painter – but I didn’t. Have you seen the movie “The Journey to the Christmas Star”? The man playing the evil count  - that’s me!!!!”

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GAY KIDS OPENING AT MAIHAUGEN, MAY 31th

Welcome to the grand Gay Kids opening at Maihaugen museum in Lillehammer, May the 31th at 10 am. Olemic Tommessen (Høyre) and the actor Stig-Werner Moe (The Journey to the Christmas Star, Blåfjell) are coming, are YOU coming too???

This freshly curated exhibition documents the childhoods of grown-up Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual persons. It promotes visibility and mutual respect for individual choices and different family constellations as a foundation for an open and inclusive society – for all minorities.

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GAY KIDS NORWAY: RECOMMENDED IN A NEW GOVERNMENTAL WHITE PAPER

The Gay Kids team is proud to be mentioned in the Governmental White Paper nr 34 (2012–2013) that outlines proposals for the Norwegian health politics in the forthcoming years. Under the heading  “Sex education in schools” the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training recommends Gay Kids Norway  – the Book (Gay Kids: Kule barn som også finnes). It is an educational tool designed to make it easier for young people to talk about being gay and can be an excellent tool to counteract prejudice. The childhood of a Gay Kid is very similar to that of other children. The only difference being that they learn next to nothing about the love they will experience when they become older.

 

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GAY KID SIMON

I am an actor. That’s great fun! Imagine being paid for playing all day long. In the 1990s I took part in a television series called the “Seven Sisters”. That was the first time in Norway an out and proud gay actor portrayed a gay man on television. Pretending to be someone else is what acting is all about. So I didn’t play myself, but an imaginary character called Roy.

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GAY KIDS NORWAY AT LILLEHAMMER, MAIHAUGEN IN MAY

The Norwegian Gay Kids exhibition has been on tour since November 2008. The next stop is the winter Olympic town of Lillehammer with an indoor show at the open-air museum called Maihaugen. The exhibition, specially curated for Maihaugen, will be open from early May through the summer holidays of 2013. Will you be there????

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GAY KID HAAKON

For me, love is love. Whether you fall in love with a girl or a boy, it’s exactly the same emotions! Falling in love is all about meeting the special one for you. Sometimes love hurts. But most of the time love is a magical feeling. It is this breath-taking experience that makes every Gay Kid realise what is right and what is wrong for her or for him.

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YOUCHAT.NO – THE LGBT-FAVOURITE AMONG NORWEGIAN TEENAGERS

If you are a Norwegian speaking Gay Kid you should visit Youchat.no. Reaching more than 900 LGBT- persons every year, Youchat the chat and the blog is the most successful social arena for LGBT-youngsters in Norway. Recently the Norwegian Directorate of Health awarded Youchats success with additional funding. Soon you can chat with other LGBT-youngsters every Monday and Thursdays most weeks of the year.

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GAY KIDS AFGHANISTAN

Gay Kids has international ambitions and our ultimate goal is to
establish Gay Kids North Korea sometime in the distant future as a grand
finale on our world tour. Although a pretty unrealistic goal, it paints a
picture about how far we want to travel to spread our message of respect
and equality.

But once in a while we come across stories that lifts our spirits. Hamid
Zaher is from Afghanistan, a country where homosexuality is punishable by
death. Hamid now resides in Canada, and use his voice to talk about how
it was growing up gay in Afghanistan.

People like Hamid have a uniqe perspective on things and we salute his
openness. Keep it up, your contribution to the development of the world
is like a Mastercard. Priceless.

Check out Hamid´s story to the BBC here.

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GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS? THE FOLKESTAD FAMILY

In most families the majority of Kids grow up to be quite ordinary heterosexuals.

The Folkestad family has turned this rule up side down. Mummy and Daddy Folkestad have four Kids. Their names are Philip, Anette, Thomas and Helene. The only non Gay Kid in the family is Helene. She is 25 years old and wants to marry a man. Helene is not embarrassed by this fact.

As a matter of fact she finds it quite hilarious. Even though Philip, Anette and Thomas represent the Gay norm; they don’t bully Helene for being the deviant one in the family.  Now and then they ask Helene if she could join them and be a Gay Kid too. Then they could ask to be enrolled in the Guinness book of records. They argue that no family in the whole world can compete with the Folkestads when it comes to producing Gay Kids!!!!

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ERLING, THE FORMER COUNCIL LEADER OF OSLO … AND GAY KID

It’s a really nice feeling to like and admire another person.  When two people are truly fond of each other, they might decide to live together the rest of their lives. Like my male partner and I do. Sometimes a man falls in love with a man or a woman falls in love with a woman – but most of the time, men chose to live together with women and women chose to live together with men.  That means that some kids grow up with two mums, and some grow up with two dads, but most of the time kids grow up with a mum and a dad.

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GAY KID HANNE

In my opinion, all Gay Kids must dare to be themselves. It is important not to change your way of life just because you turn out to be a lesbian woman or a gay man. When I was twenty I worked in a gay café in Bergen called Fincken. A lot of teenagers and students hang out there.  I noticed that the newcomers, after visiting the café once or maybe twice, started to dress and behave quite differently. It was like someone had told the girls that to be a lesbian you have to be different from other women. Maybe they thought they had to stop being girly girls and turn into tomboys because they were lesbians?

That’s totally wrong. When a girl falls in love in love with another girl it is often because they are besotted with everything feminine and everything girly.  For example, I love dresses and make-up, and the woman I am married to is the sweetest and most feminine girlfriend in the whole world.  She is really adorable.  All my life, even as a little kid, I have enjoyed wearing dresses. I especially remember a white, beautiful summer dress that I just adored.  When I grew older and it didn’t fit it any more, I was devastated. I just cried and cried and was inconsolable.  That’s how much I loved that dress.

 

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GAY KIDS NORWAY – HOW TO USE THE BOOK

 

Gay Kids Norway is a storybook for children. Nonetheless grown-ups such as parents, teachers and adult Gay Kids can enjoy it too. The 239 pages long book is divided into six chapters that can be read independently. The first three chapters are about being a kid, having friends and belonging to a family, whatever family means. You can also read about what it means to belong to a Norwegian minority – such as having an immigrant background, belonging to a non-protestant faith or simply just being gay. Love between women and love between men is described in a child centred way. But most of all Gay Kids Norway, the book, is all about being a child.

Some of the sections are easy to read and reflect upon. Some are more difficult to digest. The easy sections are meant for children in the age group from 10 to 12 years old and include mostly illustrations, amateur childhood photographs and a line or two from the oral history interviews. Other sections are meant for older children, teenagers or really clever kids. The amateur childhood photographs are then adorned with longer quotations from the oral history interviews and with research based knowledge about gays and lesbians and their lives through the last 100 years in Norway. The more difficult parts are marked with red cherries.

A glossary is found at the end of the book. Here, words that some kids can find difficult are explained.

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ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY: KIM FRIELE AND WENCHE LOWZOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We here at Gay Kids Norway would like to send a special Christmas greeting to the pioneers Kim and Wenche. As the first open leader of the Norwegian LGBT organisation and the first open MP they paved the way for the next generations of Gay Kids here in Norway. Due to their braveness, gays and lesbians can now celebrate Christmas with ALL of our loved ones. Respect!

 

 

 

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GAY KIDS NORWAY – THE BOOK PREFACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”Gay Kids – gay people were young once too” is the result of the encounter and collaboration between the photographer Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty, researcher Bera Ulstein Moseng, the leader of Gay & Lesbian Health Norway Rolf Martin Angeltvedt, the graphic designer Halvor Bodin and illustrator Emma Olsen. It was Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty that coined the original concept of the book and exhibition. It is an art project aiming to document a neglected part of modern Norwegian childhood history: the childhoods of grown up lesbian or gay persons. Gay Kids Norway emphasis is not on gayness per se. It is a book and exhibition about children made for children. By presenting research based knowledge, collecting and presenting numerous childhood photographs and childhood stories from three generations of grown up gay or lesbian persons; the book and exhibition promotes the concepts of non-discrimination, visibility and mutual respect among Norwegian children.

Gay Kids Norway – the book and exhibition would not have become a reality without the generous support from a number of foundations and public organisations such as the Freedom of Expression Foundation, the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality, the Government Grant for Artists, the Society of Free Photographers, the Institutional Photographers’ Association and the Museum of Cultural History. The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Directorate of Health have been supportive players throughout the whole project.  Thanks are also due to UNICEF and their then Secretary-General, Kjersti Fløgstad.

The above drawing is of Bård Nylund, the leader of the Norwegian LGBT- organization LLH, as a child.

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IT IS GAY KID FRIDAY – MONICAS CONTRIBUTION TO NORWEGIAN CHILDHOOD HISTORY

When I was a kid, I didn’t want to be a kid but an adult. Being a child and socializing with other children was so boring. And I didn’t like the fact that so called grown-ups like my mummy had the right to make decisions for me. I Monica wanted to decide when to go to bed, when to get up in the morning and if it was necessary to do my homework. I hoped for a miracle – to wake up one morning as a full-grown human being.

As a kid I most likely took a lot of space, being too precocious, too neat for my age. I was probably a bit of a pain in the neck. At the same time I was very shy and cautious. My mummy had to bribe me with sweets to get me to the playground. I sat there silently in a corner eating my Smurf toffees. When I had eaten them up, I rushed home again, to my beloved mummy.

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GAY KIDS TOUR OF NORWAY 2013

Its almost 2013, and we are gonna party like it´s 1999. But before that Gay Kids Norway needs to be booked more places throughout the next year. So, any of the publics information that leads to a Gay Kids exhibit in your area will receive a hefty reward in the form of a diposit in your karma account. Send suggestions and information to magnus-at-helseutvalget.no

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From Russian TV with Love

On Monday the 20th a Russian TV team visited the Gay Kids team in Oslo. They asked the rhetorical question whether Norwegian Kids really could relate in a positive way to family minorities and especially to love between women or love between men. The Gay Kids team (Lill-Ann, Rolf and Bera) answered this question with a definitive YES!!! Children, not only Norwegian, are cleverer than most adults think. The project has proven that whatever social background they have no problems in relating to other children or differences in family forms. Especially when the focus of the exhibition is that all grown ups, including gay women and gay men, once have been children too. This is common sense, but an important fact since we all tend to forget about it.

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Gay Kids Brighton

Gay Kids UK, Childhood Revisited is coming to Brighton Pride Sept 1st.
2012!!! To put it simple, we want you to join the Childhood Revisited project, donating your childhood photos to an art exhibition at the Towner Museum (Eastbourne).

For more information about what the project is all about, look at “What is Gay Kids UK.” Images have to be scanned in a very high resolution and of no less than a 100MB (1200+dpi). I can be helpful scanning your images.

This exhibition is about the children we tend to forget about: Gay Kids. Please be a part of this wonderful project that proves that we were once children too.

Contact Lill-Ann: l.a.chepstow-lusty@khm.uio.no

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GAY KID ELISABETH J

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with the Catholic Church. I remember going to Holy Mass every Sunday with my mother. The nuns were so sweet to me and I totally adored the Holy Mother of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Surrounded by candle lights and clouds of incense, she looked down at me; so kind, so serene and so beautiful. At the age of six, finally understanding the importance of the child Jesus Christ, Catholic little me got a bit confused. With Virgin Mary no longer the sole star I could no longer grasp the meaning of it all …

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Per-Kristian, former Chancellor of the Exchequer of Norway and Gay Kid

I knew that I fell in love with boys in my teens, but I didn´t tell anyone before the age of 25. I have never been ashamed of being gay, but I was a bit of a loner, confused and keeping myself to myself trying to figure out whom I was. I thought that I might be gay, but the only gay men I knew were feminine. That simply wasn´t me. I liked things to be tough and masculine. Growing up I didn’t dream about becoming a politician, but a fire fighter or even a train driver. So I pondered a lot and thought that it couldn’t be true that I was a boy who liked boys. But I was wrong. Because when I grew up I realized there was a lot of gay men, who were masculine men just like me. When I finally accepted I was gay I became a lot more confident and my life as a loner was finally over.

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Greetings from the Secretary-General, UNICEF – Norway

“Gay Kids – Gay People Were Young Once Too” is a book for children attending elementary and secondary schools and the first of its kind in Norway to address love between persons of the same sex. Adults may find it difficult or even embarrassing to talk about love between women or love between men to children and teenagers. Teachers often avoid gay issues at school. Most children and teenagers are therefore quite ignorant concerning what it means to be a gay man or a lesbian woman. Without proper educational support, they are left to their own resources – scrambling together whatever they find of information about the LGBT-minority from peers or the social medias.

“Gay Kids – Gay People Were Young Once Too” provides an excellent tool to counteract the above-mentioned challenges. The artistic approach makes kids talk and help them to make sense of lesbian and gay related issues in an age-appropriate way. According to UN Convention on the rights of the Child, Chapter 17, “society shall ensure the child has access to information, and especially information which creates understanding, social skills, moral and spiritual well-being and mental and physical health.” Whether gay or straight – when children hit puberty – they have a right to be prepared for the facts of adult life.

Belonging to a community is of importance to us all – but especially important for children and adolescents. Therefore constructing communities with room for tolerance and diversity – including diversity in sexual orientation and family forms – is of the uttermost importance. The basis for an inclusive and tolerant society is founded in the formative years of its citizens. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have a right to protection, including children and adolescents for whom falling in love is quite similar but somewhat different from the majority of the population.  I am so pleased with the Gay Kids project. The book is a most valuable contribution to children’s wellbeing and upbringing and to a Norwegian society appreciative of the true virtue of love between women and love between men.

Kjersti Fløgstad

 Secretary-General, UNICEF – Norway

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Wrapping up Eastern Norway – heading north

Gay Kids Norway is in the finishing stages of a six month long exhibition at Akershus museum in Strømmen, outside of Oslo. Here you can see pictures from the opening night where the Mayor of Skedsmo county Ole Jacob Flæten, the director of the museum Roger Seemann Erlandsen and the director of Arts Council Norway and Gay Kid Anne Aasheim opened the exhibition. The next stop for Gay Kids is Hammerfest – the northernmost town in world.