Auckland Pride Parade (2013)

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride nz.com. Why do you think it's important to have a parade like this? [00:00:10] Oh, well, um, [00:00:12] I think it's still [00:00:14] wonderfully powerful to young people who are possibly coming out and sort of coming to grips with their sexuality. I still remember the first gay pride event that I went. And sorry. [00:00:32] It was a very [00:00:36] moving experience, just to sort of have that real insurance. I'm not alone. [00:00:44] Alright, everyone. So what we're going to do is just remind ourselves of the steps that we did last time. So can you all pretend you're holding your flag or whatever. [00:00:55] So we're going to step [00:00:56] to the right fit. So we go [00:00:58] right, left, right. [00:01:04] Then you've got your eight walks in a circle to your right, [00:01:07] there you go. 123567. [00:01:21] Going through [00:01:22] four speakers. [00:01:26] Spinning shivers up my spine. [00:01:28] Five minutes. But now Wait, let me just say [00:01:33] last you mentioned a track in the middle. [00:01:36] Traffic Control traffic. [00:01:38] lights flashing, and America. [00:01:45] Leader the stick boy, what do you call it? [00:01:48] Stick boy, I'm pretty [00:01:49] sure was not stick the front of the big bucks. [00:01:52] Like the later of the [00:01:56] potato? [00:01:57] Yeah, I don't know what they go. [00:01:58] Very good. Hey, [00:02:07] there it is. [00:02:09] This is co it's funny, because this reminds me of my high school. They don't have [00:02:17] the right in the orange [00:02:19] ceremonies like this with all of the colors for the sacred hat buried in college it out messes, we would have the big banners like that. [00:02:28] Yeah, I was hoping that it was something to do with because I know there's gonna be a pride parade, which I was hoping was going to be like the hero festival coming back because I remember it. And I've read articles about the being a pride parade. And I was hoping that we were going to get to see a practice. [00:02:45] No, I had no idea. [00:02:47] Because we we sit down here all of the time. And this is the most exciting thing. [00:02:52] And 25 years. [00:02:56] So what do you remember of hero, [00:02:58] I remember that my big brother had to do community service. And one of his community service jobs was helping build the float for the hero parade when I was I must have been about 10 or 11. And I'm going along to see it because we were going to see his float. And I just loved it so much. I like this is the coolest thing I've ever seen that's in the daytime and everyone can come and start exciting. [00:03:19] I remember it because I imagine it twice, with no shirt on. Very happy to do that. [00:03:27] feel proud. [00:03:30] And I [00:03:30] just loved it. And it was all a big surprise for me. I'm from England. So [00:03:35] come to see from Auckland and see everybody [00:03:37] embrace something like this [00:03:39] is a [00:03:40] good feeling. Yeah, a really good feeling. [00:03:45] To have something also, which isn't sponsored by, you know, some kind of parade or Festival, which isn't a market for purchasing something, you know, to buy something to parade, which is all lesson lesson. It's like this is the actual festival. This is just people match for people to really read something that's more spiritual than a market day. [00:04:06] This was going [00:04:08] really well, this is actually only the second rehearsal with this group, that they all worked really, really hard last week. And you know, there's a mixture of people because some people have done dancing before. And some of them were actually involved with me with Queen of the whole universe. So we had lots of fun, but they had been exposed to quite a bit of dancing with that. And some of the people who are involved this time haven't danced before. So it's a mixed group, but they're all working brilliantly. So it's [00:04:36] great. Dancing on the stage and dancing down a road must be quite different. [00:04:41] Yes, yes, it's a it's a totally different vibe. Definitely. And so they've got to have quite an awareness that they've got audience from every aspects that people put the side behind in front. And, and it's a different because they've got these huge props with the flags and sales and things, it's a different fail completely. [00:05:00] Audio choreography, [00:05:02] it needs to be kept more simple, because this time, it's not actually about the choreography, it's more about the community, it's about the parade itself. And also, you know, it's just, it's, it's for a different reason. So you know, it means that the choreography is kept very simple, and it's about the overall effect. So as people are looking and the parade is coming towards them, it needs to be very visual. [00:05:30] As you can see all the colors, some of single colors, some rainbow flags, and some are rainbow ribbons, and they're going to be the ribbons are going to be ceremonially cuts, because the lead float by dignitaries, politicians and dignitaries and celebrities at the beginning of the parade. And that will be the sort of the opening piece and then this group are going to lead the whole praise, possibly right. big truck in the middle. And there's also incredible launch streamers coming off the baker, big wide streamer ribbons come off the back of that track, and it's just all going to be in color and movement. And this is just one of those spectacular flights. Yeah, lots of others. You know, there's 40 odd flights. [00:06:20] My name is Shelley. And I just did it because just because I support it all and just wanted to be a part of it as well. [00:06:25] I mind [00:06:27] same as my twin, I just support it really well. So I thought this is a good chance to get involved and help out. [00:06:32] I'm Anna and like college, I've got a crew here that I'm sort of he launched come, but I'm only doing part of the hero festival before Flynn was born. And so he was it's over 15 years ago. Do you remember walking down Queen Street just only like a small toga cloth, nothing else on at all. And it was such It was such a neat night and you really sort of there's nothing better than sort of feeling like you're, you're overwhelming everybody else because it's such a minority group. It's really neat to have some much family around and and all the other support because of course, you know, I've got a fit straight straight far now and families coming to this lot of fun, a lot of fun and a little bit of exercise in Salinas, too. And he's hanging out with the kids. [00:07:15] I'm Tom not Flynn, and yeah. [00:07:21] And I am Steve, [00:07:24] son, and I am here because [00:07:30] she took me into it. Yeah. [00:07:34] for Mother's [00:07:40] I'm Alex Thomas, my best friend. I never been a parade or anything. I thought it'd be really cool to do something like this. And I love to support this kind of thing. And it seems like a good lot of fun. [00:07:53] To be a huge president has been quite exhilarating. Lots of adrenaline and really pumped up and yeah, big fan. [00:08:00] Yeah, I can it's gonna be like amazing experience just a one Hi, play vinyl join in and have a note dance while we're walking down. I'll be scared and happy and proud of myself. [00:08:12] Today, here we are, we're we're here for the final organizational crew meeting just at the beginning of the few days out from the pride parade and possibly wrote it with the Ponsonby Community Center, Jules and I, and we're, we're looking forward to this pride. It's been 12 years since we've had one in Oakland. And within we're really and also the larger LGBT communities ready to see this and have it back on the public agenda. [00:08:41] It's got three sleeps to go. High [00:08:46] winds, Karen. And the reason I'm here is actually to get back into the community that I last saw a long time ago. So you know, it's kind of part of the the woman's movement in Auckland when you know, in the what 80s, early 80s. And kind of, you know, got married, I suppose you could say and, and we'd way somewhere else. And now it's time for me to come back to the community and start giving [00:09:09] back to Yeah, [00:09:11] compared to where I was. So tonight, what are you training for? [00:09:15] on being a martial, I think, stop. You're not doing things that they normally do. But, you know, I'm maybe not a good choice for that. [00:09:24] But I'll be having fun on the day as well. So [00:09:25] yeah, I'm looking forward to it. [00:09:27] Have you done a pride parade? [00:09:29] No, I haven't. [00:09:31] I've been in the crowd. But I haven't participated in that kind of whole parade, you know? [00:09:36] So yeah, its first for me. Yeah, hi, I'm Diane, I'm going to be a standing national, the rest of my family's all on the outline float. So we've helped build that. And so the kids and my partner going with the fight, and I thought I will go and help somewhere else. [00:09:52] That's good enough. Why is pride important? [00:09:57] I think the gay communities got a bit lost invisible the last few years, and I think it's about time, we put ourselves back out there and stood up and wave the flag and said, Hey, don't forget us, we are actually still here. And everything's still relevant. Yeah. [00:10:13] I'm James, that would be my first pride. I'm, I'm actually new to Oakland city. So that was my time to shine my time to get out there and see what it's all about. [00:10:26] So is as a young person, how important is to be is it to be, you know, kind of out the invisible. [00:10:33] I think it's incredibly important. And at the moment, I feel there's a lot of change, going on, possibly pride coming back after so long, we've got a pop song, that's number one on the chart that is, you know, pro gay, which is really, really cold. So I think 2012 is going to be what should happen with that. And I should say, it's going to be a really good year. [00:10:52] Hey, I'm Sean. And this is my first practice mom volunteering as a standing Marshall, because I just want to really get into in the community. I come from a country where homosexuality is frowned upon and obviously is against the law, as such, so it's just a great opportunity to kind of get involved and contribute as well as have fun. [00:11:15] I volunteered, [00:11:16] because [00:11:19] I think it's great that we're having another parade and it's got to be well organized. And I think more volunteers, the beta. Have you [00:11:26] been in pride parades before? [00:11:28] I haven't, but my partner Bobby has, she was once a indoor bowling pin. [00:11:36] makers, they have the egg bow, which is the open gay bowling. And she was very much involved in med and was there and Tony quail made all these amazing outfits of infant bowling pins, and they all had to dress and then they met to sort of walk along and then all fall over and roll over and stand up again. They couldn't get up off the ground because the facility so now you know, I haven't been involved. But she has. [00:12:05] So my name is Barbara. So I'm currently studying at ET. And I received an email from the a team in at asking for help for the free. So I jumped in into them. There are the glad to have for the parade. I've never done a parade before. It's the first time that I'll be participating the game myself and just trying to meet other people. And I guess half and I'm very excited about the idea of working at the parade and I can't wait to see what's going to happen. [00:12:41] What will you be volunteering for? What are you going to be doing on the day? [00:12:45] I'll be [00:12:47] I'll be asked to play the role deep Marshall, so will be happening for the trophy during the parade. I think a lot of people will come because they're curious as well. Maybe even people who are not gay, because either the XXFD people or they want to see what it's like to be in this community. And yeah, I guess a lot of excitement and fun to plan ahead. Yeah. [00:13:15] Okay, so tonight we're interviewing interviewing Daniel and Trevor. [00:13:19] Daniel, what are your expectations of the parade? [00:13:23] My expected to be in in signing afternoon. [00:13:28] fun filled and safe as well. [00:13:31] I'd like to think it's going to be straight again, sir. And I think it's going to be an awesome time for everybody to see this coming back into the community. And yeah, it's just going to be an awesome day. Any [00:13:45] anything in particular that you're desperate to see? [00:13:50] The matching boy? Yeah, the matching boys ever tell me why you're excited to see the matching boys? Oh, well, I just certainly it's been a lot of work go into what they're going to be doing. And you know, they've got to get a fair share of, you know, the applause and everything like that. But, you know, we were really pleased to be able to visit them and to be able to just guide them as we were when we were matching boys. Exactly. [00:14:16] So we're in the final countdown of the off the lead up to the parade. [00:14:20] It was my line. [00:14:22] Well, I've taken it now because I'm the interviewer. All right, sit down and just answer the question. [00:14:27] So in the final lead up to the parade, any advice that you'd give to the matching voice to the American boys enjoy themselves, flaunted. [00:14:38] And just yeah, just have a good time, basically. [00:14:43] So if you could just say your name and tell me about the flight that you're with, [00:14:49] by with the flight for body positive. And part of the reason I won't give you my name is Cindy, because we're also going to make a point with our float that it is still a threat, and the fear and Society of identity as a challenge for people living with HIV and the same age, even Bashir, we saw our case and what we do we were young child was kicked out of school, not any there. There was a lot of ignorance and fear. So we're showing that it's still unsafe. And plus, at the same time, doing a little homage to some of the early activists and HIV AIDS in the 80s. [00:15:37] Can you describe what the fight looks like? [00:15:39] And think Keith Haring. [00:15:42] If you don't know Keith Haring, he was one of the early activists with a group called act up. But he was also a very famous street artist in the 80s, part of the Warhol crowd. He's very easily identifiable from pie in the sky for millions now, but he was also did some of the very early posters and, and that sort of thing. So we're borrowing from him. [00:16:11] My name is Sophie JR, warden. And my group is called service wall, Jenny's of the last song. And I am an advocate for recovery for HIV AIDS, people because I see myself as recovery. And I'm out there to say it's wonderful to be out instead of being shamed. And in the more people that have been seeing us in town and you know, talking to us and say, Wow, you can talk about it. So we encouraging people not to be ashamed in be who they are and being afraid in the private So what will you be doing? We are going to be with a bunch of young girls and young boys. The reason for that is because I'm in promoting the next generation, it's free as well as an older person. So we have another be jumping up and down and just show how wonderful life is. It's a parade for everybody for everyone from every big round. And because he said Pride Parade a relates to that it's about being proud of who you are regardless in that's what we present. [00:17:20] My name is Joe Blakemore. My partner is I retired naval officer he and we're going to be matching with the New Zealand defence force in the Pride Parade. The privately injured DF will be marching in uniform. Is sanctioned verbal assault sanctioned by defense [00:17:42] is this the first time that the defense forces actually kind of marched on something like this? You said Earth it's actually [00:17:48] the first time they the first appearance in public at a guy event was last week of a fact now they didn't help in the squares well they did and I did last week for the guy out and now this is the first match and I think we're going to be in a [00:18:06] provide for those previous events How would they received [00:18:10] there was received very well everybody very positive comments from all members of the public and from also from was in defense as well. They've been very good support from everyone. [00:18:26] Sean, can we just take the week all the signs that go on the front of the tracks? So let's start with number one, which is supposedly flight number two everybody else? Okay. Yeah. Unique you rainbow least another coming in later? That's right. Yeah. dots family. Yeah, I read hundred outline. [00:18:44] I call through before me about 10 minutes like [00:18:47] okay, that's fine. curtsy Baron cabaret. [00:18:51] Ah, shout out Museum, they've made a change, talking about adding the chariots to the pic of the float. But they see the I want our attention [00:19:01] to the tobacco. [00:19:02] And I know that the chariot doesn't have it fixed. And so we need to just do a double check. health and safety check on that. We've got drag queens. First, same. If IK the next one. This is a change. So this is the Canadian First Nation ring dancer. Yeah, we saw him perform the other day that 80th birthday party, and he had 14 rings he was playing with all of them. [00:19:31] Today is warming up. It's overcast today, on Friday, Saturday, the 16th of February. And we're in Maidstone Street, we're all floats to suiting up. And as you can see they're looking very colorful, really [00:19:45] one of the very current [00:19:49] Hi, I'm for I'm Bry Bentley, I run a transgender group up in LA, and have been doing that for about 10 years. And we support transgender youth, as well as older folk, we do education, go into schools and talk and talk to other groups as well. So that's part of what we do up in font array. We're down here to support the dots float who is going to be full of absolutely fabulous people. And I am one of the marshals that walks around the float and tries to keep Laurin order. [00:20:28] And how do you do that? [00:20:30] I haven't the faintest idea. I gave up on Law and Order quite [00:20:32] long time ago. [00:20:35] The marshals are supposed to be the this the people maintaining order, but most of them are going to be dressed up in amazing costumes and stuff. And I think they're going to have a lot more fun than what a normal Marshall does. [00:20:51] Is this the first parade you've been invoking? [00:20:54] Now, I've been involved in a couple of the other parades. And the first person was probably my introduction to other people within the transgender society. Back sort of 10 years ago, I thought I was the only one in the world. And it tend to tend to be very lonely. And things like this really allow you to meet other people and understand that you're not on your own. And that's, that's another part of [00:21:22] the parade. Can you describe it first experience of, of being an upgrade? What was that like? [00:21:28] incredibly emotional, and the Ponsonby road was absolutely jam packed with bystanders yelling and screaming and Yahoo. And everyone on the floats for having an amazing time. And I don't think I actually came down to ground level for about three days afterwards. That was just how emotional The thing was. [00:21:53] I'm Lucas and participation here is representing rumba use for the Pride Parade. I'm Derek and yeah, I'm just representing my youth and showing how proud I am that I'm part of the organization. Okay. Hi, I'm Daniel, and I'm representing room. It's kind of amazing walking around singing with a foot singer like a 10. selling the balloons and stuff that's already California. So it's really cold. Yes, it's definitely overwhelming. Just saying like all the rainbows everywhere, you can't not smile. [00:22:25] When you look around minutes, just looking at the effect that people have gone into surprise. [00:22:30] It's quite good. [00:22:32] I'm Jackie Russell green. And I'm here with Danny Stillman campaign for marriage equality. [00:22:36] And I'm Cameron law also with the campaign. And float is a giant wedding cake, which we're going to have two very brave lesbians on top of traveling down the road. And we also have this read Buick here with just married and the kids are putting cans out the back of it at the moment. [00:22:56] In fact, the last pride in the flood. So the very last image that people say is the back of magnificent convertible with two grams in the back. [00:23:03] Why is being a part of this phrase important? [00:23:06] Well, our goal as a group is to help ensure that Parliament passes the marriage equality bill Lewis Lewis was Bill. And so we wanted to, to be here to demonstrate that this this this community really values marriage equality, that it really supports it. And hopefully, they'll hear that from the cheers that will go up and Eclipse and applause and supportive marriage equality. And we also want to remind this community that actually, that battles, not one year, we've only had the first reading and we need to get the next two votes through and we need some support to do that. [00:23:42] It's also a way of saying thank you to the community for the enormous support they've given us for the campaign for marriage equality so far. [00:23:48] What I mean, why is marriage equality important? [00:23:51] I think it's the last big legislative item. That's all that waits for to be settled for gay people. Once we got marriage equality, I think legislatively speaking on an equal footing with every other member of the New Zealand community. I guess marriage equality is important because civil unions aren't enough. You know, it's a little bit like being asked to ride on the back of the bus, you might theoretically arrive at the same destination, but you're traveling in a different way. And it's got different terminology associated with it. [00:24:15] And we think we think that New Zealand is a fundamentally fear people who like to give everyone an ego and and that's why we think that this bill is going to pass because they'll they'll look at lesbian and gay couples and think, yeah, what's wrong with that? Why shouldn't these two people be able to commit to marriage? And I think they'll be fine. And and it's really important for not just for actually for the gay and lesbian community, but for the whole community that we don't allow discrimination to continue. [00:24:43] Well, this is the YEP, run by coalition. And now floaters very, might shift at the last minute because our caravan we couldn't pay. So I love shake is actually I van. And we got lots of people from YEP, coming up about 15 [00:25:01] to walk [00:25:03] here, some of our lovely marshals. [00:25:06] My name is Mia and I'm from YEQ. I'm very excited to be here in the the Gay Pride March 1, one since 2002. And I look forward to being an annual of it. [00:25:18] Can you describe your van? [00:25:20] Well, it's very pink. It's very colorful. It's got buzzy bees, and it says why Hickey full of fruits and nuts. [00:25:30] It also says just married which is making reference to the fact that it's not totally recognize this the word that we should use. So just married is on the back for that purpose. [00:25:41] You've also got some banners going on. Tell me about some of those. [00:25:46] Some of them relate just to why he like why Hickey was so gay and gay Hickey. But the one that interests me is the gay issue which gives you GAY, which is actually where the gay started back in San Francis in the 70s. So gay is actually not taking over a word. It's It stands for good issue and which we needed to stipulate in those years. [00:26:10] Hi, I'm Eva, Tia Tamla, and I'm a South North street coordinator. So basically, that means I'm standing at the corner of Maidstone Street and crema road. I'm just making sure that the floats are in the right places. [00:26:21] I see you've also brought your your very nice looking camera with you. So you're a photographer too. [00:26:26] Yeah, I actually work as a freelance photographer and I decided to volunteer today and help out and, and also just bring my camera and take some photographs along the way. [00:26:35] When you're taking photos in a kind of Pride Parade situation, what are you looking for, [00:26:40] as a documentary photographer, so this is a sort of the thing that I enjoy photographing, and its people doing what they're doing without them really knowing that you're that they've been photographed. So it's really candid, natural sort of stuff. And yeah, it's just I'm capturing little moments and snippets and time. [00:26:56] Is this the first kind of Pride Parade? Or, you know, pride swish hero pride you? [00:27:00] Actually, no, I've actually been documenting their hero prey. Pretty much all of them I think I've had, yeah, when I was shooting film, color transparency, and black and white. So I've got some really cool old images. So it's quite nice to turn up finally, with touch to [00:27:16] when you look at what's happening today, and what was happening back in the 90s. What are the kind of differences? [00:27:22] I think the technical aspect as far as sound systems has definitely improved. The gear is not so bulky, and, and but the float store look exactly the same. And I think you can just do a little bit more and build a little bit of more of a presence as far as sound and lighting is concerned. [00:27:40] What are the most memorable things from the hero parades, [00:27:44] I think it's all the friends and families standing along, lined up along Ponsonby road watching and cheering and just having such a good time. And in those days, there were sort of people barriers, you know, protecting you from the floats. But at the same time, you could pretty much walk straight into I give me one one time, there was no barriers. And everybody was just theaters all places move back for your feet get run over by the cars going past. [00:28:11] Looking back at your images from that time, what some of your favorite images, [00:28:14] I have to say is the matching boys. As always, the matching boys I look really hard they all time to me little pom poms flying around. And especially with the light from the light has gone down. And I'm just picking up the pom pom shining and you know, some spotlights is amazing. [00:28:30] And this is quite different this year, because we are in the afternoon, whereas here I was was an evening thing was [00:28:35] Yes, it was always in the evening. And that's why I had a really amazing atmosphere. We used to come down for a little cousins and just have a really good time. But watching it in the daylight can be quite different, but it's still gonna have the same feel. [00:28:48] So really, on a count of three, ready. Great. So what [00:28:52] do you like? Do you like boating? [00:28:54] Hi, what are we [00:28:58] trying to spy I guess I'm gay people that just like to do something a bit different against the norm. And [00:29:03] not many people think about gay people white boarding say, [00:29:06] hey, it's something new. And [00:29:07] we're going to have a guy. And it's a good social outlet to try and kind of meet new people and find people who have some common interests rather than [00:29:13] hanging out at the nightclubs and getting wasted every night, [00:29:16] which is very scary seeing gay man in the daytime, [00:29:20] gay man. And that's a whole other world going against stereotypes. And what that's sort of what we stand for. And that's what we're trying to [00:29:28] get across. So what are the stereotypes? [00:29:31] Ooh, [00:29:33] anything? I mean, I guess people, general public put people in boxes. And that's obviously not always right. And so we're just doing what we're doing is, you know, I guess, gay people don't generally whiteboard, you could say, and people expect that. And we do. So we're just thinking that it's not just the white boarding aspect. It's many other aspects of just daily life as a game in [00:29:57] anything. I think there's some also about kind of showing a different side of gay life not not just to, you know, the intersection community, but also to the gay community to show them that there is another [00:30:09] side of gay life that doesn't have to be, [00:30:11] you know, going out and getting boosts and going to nightclubs and scoring every guy see kind of thing. So it's creating awareness within the gay community as well as outside of the gay community. [00:30:21] Can we do that one more time. [00:30:39] Association, we're still getting [00:30:42] yourself [00:30:44] three to one. [00:30:52] Right now with a decorated truck. And we're going to have women who can't walk some I got bad knees and so on, and they'll be sitting on the back of the truck banging drums De De De De De, and shaking reckless and pom poms and things. And then we'll be walking in front of the track with the Charlotte museum trust big banner. And then behind us will be some album women walking with their flags. And the chariot the chariot that was used in the gala and was in a hero parade many 10 years or more ago. It's been resurrected and it's kind of go down the road with all the glamour and glitter that that it has a golden chariot with a golden chariot and the name of Sappho, I think the style rather than the boys. [00:31:39] My name is Miss Tara patch and we are here to enjoy free [00:31:41] love fabulous of everything that is [00:31:44] guy. Can you describe the atmosphere today? [00:31:47] Us China and I think it's a long time coming. And especially for the people who are new to the thing [00:31:53] is it is about owning who you are walking the walk and this is walking the walk. I think it's really electric. I was here like living years ago and so ever Joe. Hallelujah. [00:32:15] Sure. [00:32:19] Thank you. [00:32:22] We got regular sugar free. [00:32:25] Sugar Free sweetened with stevia. Extract. [00:32:40] Can you describe your [00:32:44] summer clearance? This is Lola Lola bang away. [00:32:47] We've got little some of frocks here that are in three tone matching way colors. Fabulous under skirts, a little bit of sequins little bit of glam. [00:32:56] Lola honey. You're a [00:33:03] drag queen clearly. [00:33:05] sweetness. Isn't this amazing as fabulous? [00:33:11] Three, but [00:33:13] this is amazing. We are so privileged to have pride parade back into have all this fabulous city and all this gorgeous. All this gayness to just see the museum and Sky Tower. Absolutely. Fabulous. Love it. Love it. [00:33:31] Thank you. [00:33:32] Very, very happy to be here after leaving us an awful long time was only ever in one parade before and that was the one to ensure rain or through the parade. We looked at drowned rats. [00:33:44] By the risk by the end of it wasn't no I wasn't ready. So this is going to be such a treat and some such a buzz here. Such a good time. Give us a place It was a happy? [00:33:54] What do you think these kind of plays are important? [00:33:57] Well, I think they remain important for visibility reasons. And I think they also remain important because although, you know, the situation for lesbians and gay men has improved out of sight over the last years. It is a complete mistake to pretend that all the problems are solved. And I've said there's been a gay but there is also there's also the transgender and sex issues and so on. And differences by ethnicity, the whole whole range of things. But particularly I think for young young kids coming out the safety in schools, campaigns, the anti bullying campaigns, and all those are really important. And it's important to keep giving the messages that there is still work to do. And that there should be tolerance, equality. And of course, not just on sexual orientation. I like my politics links it with all the other oppressions in the world. Race, colonialism, the whole the whole thing, and there's still gender issues too, of course. Yeah. So I think it matters that that it still happens, and people could have should be having fun too, but I think it has a serious side. [00:35:02] My name is Dave. We're Ben Zealand. So we're sort of a group of like minded, hairy, maybe slightly older guys that just sort of have a like mind and we get out and do things together. We go we have boating nights, we have bar nights we [00:35:22] just before Christmas, we did the Tongariro Crossing, so we were sort of pretty active for lunch you guys will [00:35:30] bear New Zealand's been running bear pride now for the fourth year this year. It's part of pride itself, running 13 events. So it's quite busy. Last night was Mr. urge bar. The winner is going over to Melbourne to the missus Southern hibernation bear contest. And they win they'll go to an international competition. We've had a very busy week, we silver, a few more events to [00:36:01] go. And it's really [00:36:03] great. And we've got a lot of guys from overseas locals, people from Wellington and Christchurch up [00:36:09] how many people are watching today, we reckon probably about 50. behind our This is our float here. So the guy who won the midst of bad competition last night will be in the car. And there's probably going to be about 50 of us March and behind. [00:36:23] Why is marching and this kind of event important? [00:36:26] I think it's it's good to sort of get show the diversity of our community. It's you know, you can see the range of people here today. And it's you know, people see, you know, a bunch of just regular looking guys who can be out and gay and happy it Yeah, if we can provide role models like that for younger guys, then that's a great thing. So [00:36:47] both of us are actually native New Zealanders both moved over here about two and a half years ago, was surprised there wasn't even a pride March. It's great that opportunity is we've actually got some from a pride March. It's quite important to people. I know when I did my first pride March, it just lifted a lot of stress of me. So I think it's very important that we have something like this. [00:37:13] Just to show the rest of Auckland that that we're here. Yeah. Otherwise there's a danger. We could just become just invisible part of the community. But yeah, here we are in this thousands of us. Just great. [00:37:26] I think with bears, we also like you wouldn't recognize them. You're just like the everyday Joe kind of thing. Though as soon as they could be a laborer that could be a doctor that could be a nurse, and painter pride much we just show that we are ordinary people. There's other parts of the community that it gets a lot of media attention, but you know, we are part of the community. The same as drag queens as leather people. lesbians on the on bikes, everyone is part of the community and we are happy to match and show that you know, you can be just an average man and be part of the community. [00:38:12] Hi, my name is Sloane and we're at the Oakland pride festival parade. The first time i've feigns I'm really looking forward to that my partner Ross was here at the last one. [00:38:28] Yeah, I went to a lot of [00:38:30] breaks down Ponsonby road [00:38:34] when they stopped them [00:38:34] in 2001. So I'm really, really wrapped up there Saturday [00:38:37] again, [00:38:39] being the fist parade. You've been to what? What what are you anticipating? [00:38:43] I'm anticipating lots of color, and music, and costumes. I'm looking forward to seeing the drag queens. My favorite thing is going to be the motorcycles. I want to see the dates on my just all of it really I want to say that with that golden chariot. I want to say that Charlotte museum with the float, you know, and the purple. That's all going to be purple. Yeah, Lucy Bob, looking forward to seeing that. And hopefully, you know, getting into the carnival atmosphere which will last after the parade as well. Everybody's going to be in really high spirits. [00:39:24] Now you've arrived actually quite early, haven't you? And you've got your cheer set up. And [00:39:28] when did you arrive? One o'clock. [00:39:32] We wanted to go to the exhibition because there's some exhibitions on and we wanted to get a really good seat. And we'd really like to be in the grandstands. But we can't afford it. So we're like right next to it as close as we could get. [00:39:54] We're pulling it it's done with about there's no cutting today it's gently pulled apart. Now I'd like to introduce the worship the mere boyfriend, Mr. Brown. [00:40:04] So I just want to really quick as you put your hands together before we pull what is an appropriate ribbon, the yellow we bought the light from the sun back to this city. But I want to acknowledge the organizers, john, all your team, you've done an outstanding job. Let's put our heads together. tokenize just. And finally, this is a historic occasion. And the city in its uniting has a spirit of we can do not we can't do with too often in recent times, we have been defined by what we can or will not do. Well, we can and we will do the pride pride. So on behalf of y'all, we are here to formally launch that 2013 pride pride in this beautiful city of Oakland. [00:41:33] You're not saw that remembrance, right? I just pulled in for them. Oh my god. And I started singing hallelujah for me. Oh my God, I've lost completely lost. [00:41:48] one a day. I was so scared at 10 to four There's hardly anybody on the street. I was so scared then all of a sudden look more [00:41:58] believable. [00:42:27] Well, we're just coming up to the last float for [00:42:32] 2000. And it's been an absolute amazing five months and today it's just been phenomenal. And just to be able to walk with the lead floats. See the crowd and the expressions and yeah, just absolutely amazing. Gonna make me cry. [00:42:54] Thank you boys. [00:43:02] Wow, [00:43:03] well, we've done us [00:43:05] a lot. Now my energy starting to go. Zero down anyway, exceeded all my expectations. That was absolutely incredible. And we actually finished 130 minutes early. So it's a good indication for next year that we can probably add some more floats and, and everything was going at a good speed. So I'm brilliant. I think it was a brilliant job. I'll even put myself on the back for this one. So suppose it's I've run out for a walk on pride great 2013

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