Auckland’s fabulous Pride Festival has come to a close, and with its end, we can reflect on how far we’ve come and where we can go from here.
In our new Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland gallery we will feature the history of Staircase, one of Auckland’s earliest gay clubs.
In this clip, Edward Cowley begins his transformation into the club’s drag hostess Buckwheat and shares his reflections on discovering Staircase and how it became a safe-space for Auckland’s wider Rainbow community in the early 1980s.
Visitors will be able to see more of Edward’s story in the full video featured in the gallery when it opens later this year. For now, here's a teaser.