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Kirstie Parker &
De Greer-Yindimicarlie
Partners

Deadly Voices from the House

Sydney Opera House

RHODA ROBERTS: Hi, and welcome. Thanks for joining us for our podcast, Deadly Voices from the House. And today is part of a special series we're speaking with members of the LGBTI community. Today we're joined by Kirstie Parker. Many of you will know Kirstie, a journalist, former editor of the Koori Mail and currently the CEO of the National Centre Indigenous Excellence. She's joined with her partner De Greer-Yindimincarlie and of course De is great visual artist. And they're both featured on the latest campaign for marriage equality. First of all, De, you've got to tell me about this surname of yours.

DE GREER-YINDIMINCARLIE: Well, De is my first name and Greer-Yindimincarlie is my last name. I guess De Greer is my given name and Yindimincarlie was actually two aboriginal words that I really loved because of the meaning of them that are put together. Yindi means sun and Mincarli means rain. And I've just figured that everybody has sun and rain in their life at all times. So there, that's why I took that.

RR: Now you're known around the track as a great artist also a musician. Did you look at that whole name changed when you set up your organisation?

DY: I actually looked at that a bit before I started. And actually I was looking into my aboriginal background and just thought that I'd really love to project that out to the world so that's why I took them two names.

RR: Wonderful. So you're a Wiradjuri woman

DY: Mm-hmm.

RR: And Kirstie Parker, many of you would know Kirstie not only from her appearance on the drum with that great red lipstick but also the much work you have done in many government organisations but also aboriginal-owned organisations such the Koori Mail as editor, of course NCIE at the moment as the CEO. And you're Yuwallarai?

KIRSTIE PARKER: Yuwallarai.

RR: And of course these ladies are also partners.

KP: Yes, we are.

DY: Yes, we are.

RR: OK, first question, where did you meet?

DY: Well, It's actually a really cute beautiful story. I was actually at Redfern at Gadigal Studios which is Koori Radio to record my last album. And I just needed a break and somebody said that there were chairs and tables up on the roof. And I said, OK, see you soon. I'm just going up for some fresh air and just to chill out. Being cooped up in the studio for a week is interesting with four blocks, so I just needed some space. So I went up there and walked out onto the roof and there was Kirstie Parker sitting down doing a radio interview. And I just seen her and I went, I'm just going to see if I can wait and get a yarn in and--

RR: And did you know of each other before this?

DY: Well, it was kind of funny. When Kirstie finally got off the phone, I was just about to leave and she hung up.

RR: And she was working at the Congress at the time.

DY: Yup. She was working at Congress. And she introduced herself, "I am Kirstie Parker." I said, "Hi, I'm De". And she said, "Last name?" I said, "Oh, De Greer-Yindimincarlie". She said, "Oh, I've heard of you." I went, "Oh, I've not heard of you."

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