Alison Laurie - Bigot Busters rally

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[00:00:01] I would like to talk [00:00:02] about why the spell is important for all women, and especially for lesbians. As we experience we experience at least a double oppression were oppressed, both as women, and as lesbian. Some of [00:00:24] us are also further oppressed because of our race, [00:00:26] or because of our class. [00:00:30] Because of this, our interest in the bill is different from that of gay men, though of equal importance. It has been said that no woman is free until every woman is free to choose to be a lesbian. [00:00:47] What do we mean by that? [00:00:49] One very important thing that we mean is that all women are kept in line, and made to conform to a rigid and six the stereotype by the streets of what happens to lesbians of the social, economic and other punishments, which we experience [00:01:05] as lesbians. [00:01:07] Any woman, [00:01:09] lesbian or not, [00:01:11] pre lesbian, perhaps, [00:01:21] who chooses not to marry not to have children to live alone or with other women who chooses not to have sex with me and who chooses to work in a so called untraditional occupation, who chooses to dress and comfortable practical clothing rather than [00:01:37] sexy feminine for girls. [00:01:40] Any woman who objects being treated as a sex object, and objects to being subjected to sexual harassment from men or to workplace on the street, or socially, [00:01:50] any woman who was strong, outspoken [00:01:52] who demands equal treatment, [00:01:54] who campaigns against rage against the [00:01:57] pornographic depictions of women, any woman who campaigns for abortion and a woman's right to choose, in short, any woman who steps outside of what has been defined as our proper six role and stereotype, any woman who steps outside that in any way, risks being punished as lesbian, whether she is or not. [00:02:20] To make women afraid of being lesbian [00:02:22] is therefore a powerful weapon, which reactionary patriarchs can use against all women. Not only does this keep many days begins in the closet, but it keeps most women safely confined and quiet. [00:02:36] Therefore, [00:02:38] no woman is free until any and every woman is free to be lesbian, [00:02:42] without social and economic punishments, [00:02:44] and without risk. [00:02:47] This is the important feminist principle of self determination of every woman's rights to her own body and to her own life. A woman's right to choose on the abortion issue, though a vital importance is only part of the much wider issue of our right to choose our own sexuality, and to choose our own lives. [00:03:05] A woman's [00:03:06] right to choose for herself, not as a creature designed to serve others. And in a rigid stereotype set up to benefit patriarchs. But for herself, [00:03:20] for ourselves, our lives. [00:03:24] We live in a system of compulsory here is sexuality. [00:03:29] By compulsory sexual [00:03:30] heterosexuality, we're not just talking about forced marriages, but but about the constant pressure which every woman experiences that she should conform to what the patriarchs demand. [00:03:44] That means that we live in a system, [00:03:47] which has institutionalized heterosexuality, and this has been called hetero sexism. And here is sexism is a particularly vile and horrible [00:03:58] oppression. [00:04:03] So first, this bill is concerned, we support us as lesbians, we support part one of the bill because while gay men criminalized, then we suffer [00:04:15] from the stigma of that as [00:04:17] well. [00:04:20] A lot of people believe in fact that we are criminal, we're certainly treated as criminals. So part one of the bill is enormously important because the aspect of criminalization must be removed. [00:04:35] Part Two of the bill [00:04:36] is extremely important to us, because that is the part which provides for human rights [00:04:44] for lesbians and gay many [00:04:47] human rights in all of the areas which the Human Rights Act covers. This, of course, does not go far enough. Many other countries provide more protection, police beings and gay men, in particular the Scandinavian countries. That is one of the reasons why so many of our New Zealand lesbians and gay men have chosen to live in exile. All over the world, you'll find communities of New Zealand this means in game in, not only in these times, but in previous times, many of our greatest people Lyft New Zealand because of the oppression which they experienced as lesbian writers like Catherine ments field, for example. Other countries provide more protection in a number of ways. In Norway, for example, there is there are laws which provide for jail sentences for people who make public utterances against these beings or gaming. And in those countries, people who made the sort of utterances we've been hearing in the past few months will in fact be put in prison. [00:06:05] Some of those people would say that that denied them free speech, they would say that the free speech means that they should be able to make whatever kind of utterance they like. That's a very interesting principle. Because in fact, what those people are trying to do is to deny us free speech by creating a climate of opinion, where it becomes impossible for us to be visible. They are effectively denying us free speech. They're also doing something which they Scandinavians call mobbing. And mobbing is something which, if you were a Scandinavian school child you would be being taught about their the Scandinavian say that mobbing is something which starts in children it starts at the point where a group of children either because they're more powerful or more numerous, [00:06:53] decide to select [00:06:55] a group or an individual for particular punishment, either because a child is not wearing the correct designer jeans. Or because there are a different race or class with some reason like this, that mobbing begins in these childish ways in schools. And in adulthood, it takes particularly horrible forms because in adulthood, it turns into the kind of fascism which believes that it can exterminate groups of people, that it can prosecute groups of people, and that is entitled to do that. And no truly democratic society can permit mobbing on [00:07:33] any level, which is why [00:07:36] many of those countries [00:07:38] have passed those kinds of laws, [00:07:41] which prevents people from making horrific public appearances. And we do accept that principle in New Zealand because under the Race Relations Act, there is some protection given there. [00:07:57] We must remember [00:08:01] that [00:08:03] we have [00:08:04] links and connections. [00:08:06] With people suffering other kinds of oppressions. We must recognize the links between racism, and classism, and sexism, and oppression. All of those kinds of oppressions come from the same place. They come from a group of straight, white, middle class men who enjoy immediate privileges themselves. And to believe that in order to preserve those privileges, it is necessary to deny them to others. [00:08:51] It is therefore a great importance that we [00:08:54] see those links with other operations, and that we support people who suffer [00:09:00] equally with us, [00:09:02] from people from that group. [00:09:09] Many things have happened in the past, to gay people and to Libyans, [00:09:14] which also happen to other groups. [00:09:19] had those people at that time [00:09:21] sought alliances with other groups, it's not to say that those things might not have happened. But [00:09:29] at least they would have tried, [00:09:31] at least they would have made an attempt to prevent those things [00:09:33] happening. [00:09:35] Dribble is Homer cost, the hammer cost, and which half a million lesbians in gaming were put to death by the Nazis. Germany's Holocaust within the Holocaust might have been able to be prevented if all of the oppressed groups had been able to see where it was coming from, had made those links and connections and tried to do something about the right wing before it was too late. Unfortunately, for many people, by the time they make those connections, it can be too late. People are [00:10:10] already saying in this country that [00:10:14] we should suffer the death penalty. And those same kind of people who are saying that will certainly be saying and about other groups as well. Media them believe it. [00:10:32] Many of them, many of them believe it. [00:10:37] And I think it's necessary to take those people seriously. [00:10:41] I think it's necessary to see just who they are and where they're coming from and what it is that they intend. [00:10:50] So what can we do? [00:10:54] One of the most important things is to be visible, to be visible as lyst beans and game in. [00:11:02] Those of you are here tonight and making a statement by [00:11:07] by coming out publicly, you'll have another opportunity on Friday, to march in the ESPN and gay rights March, you've got an opportunity to put your name in the newspaper and air is being run on Friday morning and the Dominion in support of the bill. And if you haven't signed for that aired yet, you can sign in two categories, category one lesbians and gay men who support the bill or as supporters of the bill. But if you haven't signed their aid yet, you'll have an opportunity to do so nice. There's a table outside the main draw. Those are the a couple of the things that you can do at the moment. But more importantly than that visibility, is ensuring that as many people as possible know that jewel is being okay. A closet is a very dangerous place to be dangerous for two reasons. It's dangerous because the society can that you don't exist, if you make it comfortable for them, they can say that there are not many of us. They can pretend that we we are not around. And secondly, it's very bad for you, within yourself, to be forced to live the kind of stressful life that living in a closet involves and the kind of mental pressure that you suffer. Living in the closet. The fear that the secret will be disclosed is not one that it's easy to live with. Of course, there are risks involved in coming out of the closet near sacrifices, too. But you have to weigh that cost up. The sorts of friends that you might lose, if you came out of the closet, are they worth having, perhaps you might lose your job. And in these economic times, that's a very difficult decision to make. But maybe for the sake of your insanity, that could be a decision you might want to want to take. My get thrown out of your rented accommodation is yet we don't have these predictions. [00:13:09] But once again, that's a risk that you might want to take [00:13:11] and that you should seriously [00:13:14] look at what you believe would be the consequences of coming out and see how many of those areas in your life. You could [00:13:25] take that decision to make yourself [00:13:27] visible because the more of us who are visible. [00:13:30] The more visibility we have. [00:13:33] The safer the stronger our community will be. [00:13:39] So [00:13:41] come out now be visible. [00:13:43] Tell everyone you can be blatant, be as gay and as lesbian as you can [00:13:51] all the time.

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