International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (2014)

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The first is to acknowledge body positive for organizing this [00:02:38] and also [00:02:41] to talk about the people who have passed on [00:02:46] to mention the LBGT community, but also those who have who are born intersex, having both sexual organs when they are born. And I'd also like you to remember that while we celebrate today, people in Uganda, people in Saudi Arabia are being murdered for something that is very natural to them and to their minds. But we are a celebration here today of 30 years. And so, I will also acknowledge the Komatsu from Waikato. And of course because it is Waikato, we of course will acknowledge the king and his family. Then we will just say something with peace, and then we'll get on with the rest of the thing. Okay, and these people are going to say something great, or Lovely. Lovely. 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You were crying, [00:08:52] Ira, Ira IRA to Papa [00:08:57] is now They are to run away why they are home. [00:09:04] To want [00:09:05] them to papa [00:09:07] are the guardians with great to proper, a curators, here present all our distinguished visitors and guests who will in due course speak to you and be introduced at that time on behalf on your behalf. I also think, Jose from the Indonesian embassy, who is also here present with us today. But my eyes suggest to you that in the presence of those that we might call our distinguished guests that the most distinguished for us today. Those we bring in memory Those people who have walked the journey the journey with HIV and AIDS related causes [00:10:10] and who sadly have left us [00:10:14] we've come to Allah and to remember them in this place, especially because the New Zealand aids Memorial quilt now rests here. And I think it is appropriate to acknowledge just one person on that quilt. As we begin, Peter Cuthbert, passed away in October 1988. And for whom the very first panel was may invite you to look at that quote, after the ceremony [00:10:58] and [00:10:58] I'm not sure if I've got it covered. rate from Papa ra in Northland, Nikki Eddie is here present with some of her for now. And she, along with many others, were some of the very first people in Oakland to create the quilts as we know it today. Welcome after all late, my name is Michael Bancroft. And it's my honor and privilege to lead us through this special time together. We remember those from among us, and our brothers and sisters throughout the world who have succumbed to this virus. This year, we've been asked to keep the light on HIV and AIDS. In 1988, a man approached me outside some Patrick's Cathedral in Oakland. I was at that time a priest. He said to me, my name is Peter Ryan. I'm 44 I'm Catholic. I haven't been to church for 25 years. I'm gay. I have AIDS. Will you help me to die? Make Sunday will be 25 years since Peters journey ended. And thus began, my very privileged journey with those living and dying from HIV and AIDS causes a journey of countless precious moments with which I wish had never began about for which I will be ever grateful. And I'm still touched by the scores of lives and deaths. And that is how I became involved with the New Zealand aids Memorial quilt. Not quite from the beginning but close to it. And for most of the last 10 years, I've been the guardian of the quilt Standards Committee. In more recent years, we recognize the need for these precious memorials to be cared for, so that future generations would be helped to remember and hopefully awaiting that day when the AIDS pandemic is no more. [00:13:30] It was in May 2012. [00:13:34] That after some years of discussion, to power proceed, it would be an honor and a privilege for t Papa to welcome and how's the New Zealand aids quilts as a national thong? So t Papa, and now the guardians of the quilt to be held in posterity. For all the peoples of our Taro New Zealand and beyond. So I invite you now, in this moment when we seek to keep the light on HIV to bring to this place and this moment, all who ever lived and all who are living with the virus. Take a moment of silence as we commence. [00:14:36] I now call upon chordate. Who will give the message from his excellent see the Governor General Surgery Mata para first mistake, no reader, parried. [00:14:55] Now Nami he Kia Koto, the AIDS candlelight Memorial brings together people in communities all over the world to remember those who have died from HIV AIDS, particularly for many has come to the effects of the virus before effective treatment was developed. We can be thankful for the work of researchers who have made miraculous advances in science in medicine, allowing those with HIV AIDS to lead healthy and productive lives. At the same time, we must recognize that there is much to be done before there is equality is our equity of treatment across across the globe. The theme of this year's candlelight Memorial, let's keep the light on HIV reminds us that there is no place for complacency. The worldwide death toll has continued to rise and now stands at over 3636 million men, women and children [00:15:57] keeping the spotlight on HIV AIDS. [00:15:59] Continuing to educate people about HIV, how HIV is transmitted, advocating for safe sexual practices, and encouraging people in high risk groups to get tested. It means continuing to support research into treatment and assisting those living with HIV AIDS. The alternative, taking the spotlight of HIV is unacceptable. ignorance and complacency will only result in increased transmission of HIV AIDS, enlightened lives and communities. In New Zealand, our health agencies are working effectively, and over 80% of people living with HIV AIDS are receiving treatment. However, we mean we have not made the same inroads with regard to discrimination and prejudice in the community in recognition of the fact various stakeholders stakeholder groups are joining together to launch an anti stigma campaign this year. As Governor General and patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, I hope those attending candlelight Memorial ceremonies organized by body positive New Zealand will support this worthy campaign. Kia ora Kia kaha Kia Amana when we now Hurry, hurry Tato cutter. [00:17:31] We think you know Rita, formerly from Papua New Guinea, reads look down my mouse for nearly 30 years for honoring us with a message from the Governor General. And our call upon her worship Mayor Sylvia wide Brown, to speak on behalf of the greater Wellington community. [00:18:00] Thank you Michael. And I, Erie and Amanda and Jarrell, Cesare to Ne t MRI into ne xR Cray co Papa to a new cool attacker to an a tener clay. Tena koutou Tena koutou Tena koutou katoa. [00:18:20] I'd like to acknowledge the MP, the organizers, friends, welcome to the coolest little capital of what is said to be the most socially progressive country in the world. And thanks to popper for hosting us, and for hosting the quilt, and may we share that warmth. I'd like to note Ramana You're welcome and thank you for it to now quavering one. It is good to share this occasion poses a memorial to our friends and farno who have struggled Go to the HIV AIDS and also a celebration of who we are in this room today. We do have cause to celebrate. I was just thinking of a couple of people that really put the fun into anti discrimination. Think of Conchita Wurst, the bearded transvestite who created said she created her persona to show the world you can do whatever you want. I'm Michael Sam, the standout college American football player who is the first openly gay player to be selected for an NFL team. Both of them define themselves by their passion, their skills, their entertainment, not by who they choose to hold hands with. Wellington is defined by our people, our diversity and our tolerance. We may be Smart, but we're not binary. So Wellington's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and fat afine communities make important contributions to our city's culture, economic and social well being provided an essential element of our identity that we could all feel collectively proud of. And of course, there are some absolutely positively fabulous pink tourism opportunities. It was a delight that Trenton Paul No, I think we're married right here made the journey to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. I think there's a lot of opportunity. And it's great for Wellington that we're one of the few places that you can get married, but it's not great for the world. I did a little tiny bit of research on the net last night and saw what is it 76 or 78 countries where There are laws against who you love what you do with another consenting adult that you love, or think you might just quite like, from time to time. So, we've, I looked back and saw that wonderful celebration in Parliament. And it is great that there's marriage equality here. But regardless of your inclinations, let's face it a monogamous life is actually not the only way to enjoy life on this planet. And our city strives to make people Welcome to celebrate fairness, equality and freedom. And they're looking at those numbers on the net is bad enough that there are laws on the books that are out of date, and we probably still got some laws in this country that are a bit out of date. I'd like to acknowledge while I'm the wanting to mare yet, or maybe who knows, represent the greater Wellington community. And I'd like to acknowledge from Wilde who is chair of the Regional Council for her work in homosexual law reform. So, you know, I just think I better make sure that nobody thinks that I'm imitating France standing up here, just in case anyone was getting the two of us mixed up. [00:22:26] So, but when I was on the net last night, what really horrified me was not just the laws, but the amount of hate, the lack of love, the lack of understanding, and let's face it, the complete lack of science and the bigotry that takes little pieces out of science or a variety of religious books or people's own experience, or the fact that actually, there are the occasional lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. Who they might once upon a time have done something wrong like everybody else, and generalizes that so I just I was actually quite horrified about the level of attack and bitterness. So it was a really good reminder to me. And I think that this city and the candle that are lit tonight, or this afternoon will be a bit of a beacon of hope. And Claudette just said to me, is that the wind out there so I thought that was rather nice metaphor we could have that the winds of Wellington are dispelling the clouds of discrimination. Thank you. [00:23:51] Thank you, Celia, not only for the words of reflection, about the challenge you give each one of us but also Our whole nation. We will now hear from the various members of parliament here present and in some cases absent. I first of all call upon national MP correctly the stud. Our included our et who will also share a message from the right honorable Prime Minister john key [00:24:35] quite differently tonight, Tim and I talked on at&t quarter corner monofin or teenager he he co co co taught karate Mata waka Tena koe takato could fun Oh, fun phenomena he Kyoko Chaka tomahto. Finally Finally, he carcano rato era we are my Ian Yata a Korean Hello Hickok Hello, Ilya my kirika Houdini came up Imodium, A to E, a two to one Juana to Milan way shatta Cahora ki t ry Hey Kira Kawa, nada my outro ha, I were to tell you at Taco, a pool equally narrow, he can or He louia my eat amiata from the Prime Minister, this wishes for the 2014 International AIDS candlelight Memorial. Tonight's memorial is about paying tribute to and commemorating those who have tragically died of AIDS and HIV, AIDS and HIV has a significant impact on many New Zealand communities. Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge those out of her mind. Those of you at tonight's Memorial who are living They ate or know someone close to you who was. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all of you who help and support New Zealanders who are affected by aids organizations such as the AIDS Foundation, body positive and positive women with tires tirelessly to support those Brave New Zealanders. My thoughts are with you this evening. Best wishes the right honorable john Kay Prime Minister. And for myself as we gather here it is to commemorate our loved our beloved our lovers, no longer with us and body, fat and spirit still strongly felt in our hearts and it is to celebrate those who today are living with HIV and AIDS. And we are here to offer you the foreigner, foreigner foreigner we touched by AIDS and HIV. I would like to messianic knowledge along with the Prime Minister, the money done by body positive and Aldama Tito Bruce kill my stir. Your advocacy work implementing strategic and government decisions of your Trust Board and fundraising initiatives is extraordinary. I'd like to echo the same sentiments again of our Prime Minister and saying thank you. On a very personal note, there is not a day that goes by where myself and my beautiful wife Nadine and our children, where we do not see sights or hear sounds or feel emotions that remind us of our top top we brothers going from this earthly realm, like Busey, Amana? no lights, Irani departed to play better nipple games on golden paved courts with rainbow colored balls. Or like Ronnie Chadwick. Nautica, who departed in search of a river and food arco to entertain elemental de deities, or like our very beautiful Jason Rademacher 92 funny tour, composing whiter boy hugger To inspire our merciful gods. This evening I would like to commemorate and celebrate my brothers and to tell them and to tell all our brothers and sisters are far know that you will never be lost. You are a seed born of greatness, to seen it from a line of chiefs. You are ornaments of grace, your pride you to show us all so that we may know who you are. You are warriors are loved, lb loved our lovers. Our prayers are treasured our ornaments of grace and you can never be lost. You are seeds of greatness. descended from a line of cheese. Ilya my Iranian, nor IRA macchiato, Koto, cattle Hey, [00:30:46] Thank you [00:30:48] and thank you for the [00:30:52] behalf of the Labour Party, grand Roberts Robertson welcome [00:31:00] Nikki Carter Carter. [00:31:04] I have a message [00:31:05] today from the leader of the Labour Party, [00:31:07] David Cameron. But I'm going to ask your indulgence if anyone ever asks I read it out in full. [00:31:22] Not not because it's not a wonderful Mr. Jane is but because on today of all days, I hope you'll beg my indulgence to speak personally on this issue today. And if anyone's worried Kevin's got a stopwatch so he's going to stop me when he needs to. When I first told my mother that I was gay, the first words that came out of her mouth were don't get AIDS. My mother is one of the most liberal compassionate, loving people you will ever meet. But this was 1990. And she like most people in our community Thought that aids HIV and AIDS were a death sentence. Because they were because they were for so many in our community. And as someone who came out into that environment, some of my first interactions were with people who were dying. And it frightened me. And it frightened my generation of rainbow community members. And in some ways, I feel myself falling between two communities, the community of people who through the 1980s and into the 1990s, watch the friends and the family passed away. And I saw that partly from a bit of a distance. And then I look at here the generation in front of me or half a generation in the gay world generation is a very short fight. It's a generation in front of me to see the complacency about HIV. And I feel myself in the middle of those two communities. It. Experience teaches me that that's not the case. Around the turn of the century into the year 2000 2001, a man named and I'll call him a different name today for a reason you'll understand in a moment, a man named Jacob who I knew [00:33:19] God died, [00:33:20] having hidden. The fact that he was HIV positive from everyone in his life for more than a decade. He hidden at a time when we would all think the stigma had passed. We'd moved on, there was medication, there was treatment, but the stigma remained for him, and he died alone, and without the support that he should have had. So while I might feel that I fall between those two communities, the reality is the experience all the way through, has been one of hope and triumph mixed with disappear loss. And today we come to celebrate the lives of all of those from our community who have passed on, and who live with the virus today. And all of those who have supported and been the end lived through that time. And I want to make a special reference today to those who cared for people as they died, who held the hands, who moisten the brow, who did the things that made those days, those last days, days of dignity. I want to acknowledge all of those cures today. And I want to acknowledge the cure as of today and in particular body positive and the tremendous work that body positive does in our community, along with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, because everybody is entitled to a life of dignity. No one should face stigma for being HIV positive. No one Every single day all of us can continue to ensure that those in our community who live with the virus, live lives of dignity, we can do that. And we do that by upholding the theme of this year's International Day. To keep the light on HIV, we keep the light of hope. We keep the light of care. And we always remember those who have loved. I want to finish on on one small point it is also the International Day of Action Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Around the World yesterday here today, in other parts of the world, we cannot stand by when people in countries around the world are criminalized and killed for who they are. It is all of our job to not only keep the light on HIV, and the more than 30 million people who carry the virus, but also to keep the light on discrimination to keep them light on those who will not allow people to live lives of dignity. Every single one of us must take that stand every single day. [00:36:19] Thank you so much. Grant is one of our own for speaking. So frankly another one of our MPs who is so well known to so many of us on behalf of the Green Party, I welcome Kevin Hayes. [00:36:38] For a two night dinner I tackled on a terracotta Kumihimo got turned into a note in a row he he TRT our Minotaur donnatella hooky Tina, Tena koutou katoa in a coma or Michael new long in one oh Key 10 aka a mama in a row in a row tomato Tena koutou Tena koutou Tena koutou katoa. I bring a message which I am going to read out because I wrote it from the CO leaders of our party, Russell Russell Norman and material today. The aids candlelight Memorial provides every year a special opportunity to pause, and together with others from around Altera. Remember those we have lost to the HIV AIDS pandemic. The Green Party joins with you all in this community act of collective remembrance. Thanks to the improved treatments, we can rejoice nowadays that so many of our friends living with HIV and AIDS are alive and well long may that continue. But let us all So take this time to remember the many fabulous slides that touched ours. And we're forever stilled by this terrible virus. We promised them that we will never forget this. There's a song from the musical limiter lab, and in teaching chairs and empty tables that's been donated around the world to be used for HIV charities and for HIV remembrance events. For me, that song is not quite right. One of the reasons I hate the AIDS candlelight memorial is that every year it causes me to be surrounded by ghosts. And rather than empty chairs and empty tables, I'm surrounded by people that I recognize in the street and then look a second time and it's not that isn't after all because they're gone. So they reliving of all of that pain all of those scabs ripped off once again, as a painful painful time for me. And I think is this is this what it's like to be old? Is this what it's like to be a soldier in wartime? to be surrounded by the ghosts of so many that we've lost who were actually just like me are no one of them purely by chance. So I hate the AIDS candlelight Memorial. But I also love the ice Cadillac Memorial. And I love it. Because it is the opportunity for us once again to to celebrate and here we are 30 years on celebrate our victory, our refusal to be crushed by this epidemic, our refusal to, to to be stalled by it, too. dance song to actually fight against the repression that this terrible virus has wrought. So I love the AIDS candlelight memorial for that reason. I want to finish in the way that I should have begun [00:40:22] coming in more [00:40:25] kamati [00:40:27] Katanga here a Tata in a while. No writer in I'm not a higher a higher a higher Ei t YT ni ke y que ra t y que Parma no particular no taco no Tahoma t Quito Mati hora de Quito Nora. Nora. terracotta terracotta Tena koutou katoa [00:41:07] Thank you, Kevin, for the personal message that you've shared with us all. One of the gifts that so many of our sisters and brothers in the community who have gone before us have been part of [00:41:27] that they can sing. [00:41:30] And I did sing and I will sing and do here in Wellington, absolutely positive for preachers, whatever you calling yourself today. [00:41:46] I wasn't blown in yesterday. [00:41:51] You are blessed here in Wellington with the glamour fairings as we are blessed in Auckland with the gals, so I invite them now to share their part of the tribute. And I will just say at this stage that the song is a love ID. And when they sing a little bit later on, I will explain what they're actually singing. Thank you [00:43:47] Thank you gramophones chain for that gift you have shared with us. Our community has so many different People and as you looked upon those images on the screen I think it's appropriate at this point, no doubt to his embarrassment that we acknowledge the great work that Gareth Watkins has done in our community. he photographed every single one of the AIDS code panels, every block of the panel help with putting the history together. And of course at the moment as I hope most of you are aware, exhibition 30 years on at the Film Archive all of those are the gifts that we are offering today [00:44:52] is possibly [00:44:54] one person in New Zealand has had more to do with positive Men and women that most of us put together. Through his work is the CEO of body positive. net is Bruce kill Mr. And in case any of you are concerned, he has not become a Margaret Sparrow. But we do send our Ha. Today Margaret, whose sister had very major surgery during the week. And she is with her sister at this time, where I'm sure we know she allowed us. So Bruce will share what day Margaret would have shared and also his own journey. Thank you, Bruce. [00:45:45] Thank you, Michael. On first of all, I want to acknowledge this house that we stand and I want to acknowledge all those that we come here today to remember And to pay respect to and while stay Margaret Sparrow can't be here today you've got a consolation prize of me perhaps one of the oldest chokes living with HIV today. We thought we'd ask a Margaret to talk about the the history of AIDS in New Zealand because we thought it would be quite a neutral position to have her speak. And when she couldn't be here, and I was told the last Mirage's can have to do without my court. It's like being handed a poison chalice and there are just too many politics for me to embroil myself in more politics and today that I want to give you perhaps a few personal reflections on my history with HIV and AIDS. today. Every person here I think has some connection. Others living with HIV knows somebody living with HIV or is in support of The fight that we do fight today. I grew up in the 50s. In fact, I'm 63 and the two most half my life with HIV. And in the 50s, we were criminalized community, the homosexual community were criminalized community. And on top of that, we started to hear this thing about our brothers. in foreign paths, particularly in America were dying from this disease. We had no idea what it was. We just knew these horrible stories were coming out, down to us in New Zealand. It had different names in Africa. They call it the slimming disease or the skinny disease, and all sorts of names. But one of the names I hated most was that was called God's vengeance on quiz. So we had to live in those very dark times with that stigma that persecution. And all of our friends, family lovers partners seem to be getting ill and dying around us. In fact, in New Zealand, over 700 New Zealanders have died from AIDS aids related conditions. It's probably more because back in those dark days you would not identify aids as the cause of death because funeral directors refuse to take care of the body. They were dark days, and back then we were criminalized community for the love that we express between each other. So to support each other, there were what we call regional networks, eight support networks in the main cities. in Oakland, the support network was the initial formation of what today is body positive. And from those networks, we brought into Being the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, [00:49:03] that [00:49:05] constitution for the AIDS Foundation was signed in 1985. I was one of the early trustees on there. And I want to acknowledge also those who were at the very beginning. I see bill Logan amongst us here today, too. So acknowledge, to build and the contributions he's made. My path and this is a very small part. It's one of many, one of many, and there are so many that have made the contribution and the final contribution of the Alliance for this. Part of the early work of the AIDS Foundation was to support Fran Wilds legislation, the amendment to the Crimes Act, and that was passed in July, the following year. 1986. I think that was a good start. That was a good start after law reform. thought we needed social reform we needed to debunk the myth that being a homosexual was another term for pedophilia or or freak or creep or whatever. We needed to adjust people's minds. So in a friend of mine, Rex Halliday got involved with starting the hero project, I came on board with them. And for 10 years almost, I was chair of what was called the hero project and started the hero parade and got that running. It was fantastic. It was great to be able to perhaps portray some of the innocence of our community, some of the humaneness of our community, and alongside all of that to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS. [00:50:53] In the late 90s, I then finally retired as the chair of hero because I was going through that time with my partner, we Toria he had died. Not everybody lives comfortably with the anti retrovirals that are prescribed. In fact, in the very early days, they weren't sufficient. If you saw the film The Dallas Buyers Club, you'd recognize that the very early diagnosis and the prescriptions of AC T, in fact was killing people quicker than the virus. And people were turning to other therapies and I can remember, I used to travel across to Australia to smuggle HIV drugs back into New Zealand. Only once did I get stopped in court by customs. And when they opened my bag and saw about 75 bottles of antiretroviral medication, the young customs officer thought she'd probably caught the biggest drug smuggler in the world. And I was just wishing that they would bring a prosecution to the highlight what we were suffering from Instead, about a week later, the Minister of Health announced a $5 million grant to farm x budget to buy antiretroviral medication for us. Today Bali positive advocate for people living with HIV and we work across all fields particularly to keep New Zealand up to par with what's going on in the rest of the world. And for the most part, what medication is available anywhere in the world is available here. People now live healthy, long lives with HIV and science has made remarkable advances in the last 30 years for medicine. But sadly for stigma and discrimination, we have not seen much in the advancement of that at all. Our colleagues, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, our colleagues and women positive woman, inner the inner Maori and Pacific Island AIDS Foundation, the needle exchange the New Zealand prostitutes collect have all come together to try and put together a working party to mount a campaign against the stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV still face today. And it is demonstrated in so many ways body positive does a range of rapid testing for people who want to check that they are free from the virus. And we also take that test to six on site venues and I go across to a sauna, a gay sauna in Auckland. And and again, sauna you'd expect it to be gay friendly, because everyone is wanting to have sex with each other and it's the place for gay men to relax and be comfortable. And we have a very small form to fill out for them before we give them the test. One of the questions is a checkbox besides Are you homosexual, or heterosexual, over 80% identify as heterosexual, by still feel stigma of what it is to die in New Zealand, of living with HIV and to avoid that prospect and they won't identify as being gay either. So, again, today, I just want to acknowledge all of those people amongst you today who have made contributions for where we have come to today. But the theme of the candlelight Memorial today is let's keep the light on HIV AIDS, and we still have a lot of work to do. So again, I'd like to reflect on that personally and also to thank all those who've made a contribution today, particularly to run my Wellington manager, Leslie has staff member and all of those who have made today possible kilda Tata. Thank you very much. [00:55:03] Thank you for the privilege of listening to you, Bruce. The energy, the time that Bruce puts into his role could fill volumes, not our prize of Bruce, but of the caring that he's given. And through him all knows, in the various polls, body positive and wellness groups that have existed and still exist. Thank you, Bruce. His time has gone on. We've also become so aware of the fact that among us now, there are so many people from our African communities. And Rodney maganda is now going to share with us something of the response to HIV, here in greater Wellington. Thank you. [00:56:03] Good afternoon to you all. [00:56:05] Thank you both very positive for giving me a few minutes to talk and take part in this movement against HIV AIDS. It is certainly heartwarming to join the rest of the world in remembering those who lost their lives from HIV and AIDS. I'm from Zimbabwe, where the rates of infection have steadily decreased. Over the years however, there is still a lot of work to be done in supporting people living with HIV and AIDS. It is encouraging to hear that attitudes and behaviors have changed towards having the virus. But however, stigma is still a monster many African countries are battling to deal with today. One of the causes of low numbers of new infections, particularly in Zimbabwe, and many other African countries combating the virus is a result of HIV awareness programs and campaigns that highlight the day changes of the virus. Free voluntary testing and condom distribution also contributed to the downtrend. The program I work for love cover protect under New Zealand AIDS Foundation aims to support ends aims to do the same for African people living in New Zealand. We do this by holding HIV workshops, sponsoring African sporting and cultural events, plus any other means of engaging in the African community. We also offer free pre counseling and free confidential testing, with some with a support system put in place to follow up and support those new diagnosis. Love cover protect promotes condom culture and New Zealand's with almost 2000 condoms distributed in the Wellington region, particularly in the African communities for 2013 We collaborate with other organizations like youth centers and refugee organizations and refugee programs. And that gives us access to our target audience. The success and progress of the African program in New Zealand since it became in since began began in 2004, can be measured by the latest stats which indicate that they are close to no new infections in the African community in the past year in 2013. So that is very positive. I think our work is really being seen through the results of those. I know how painful it is to experience the loss of a loved one, because I've lived through it. 14 years today, I watched a close relative die a long and painful death due to advanced stages of AIDS. It is that experience that motivated me to stand up for people affected and infected by the virus and it is organizations like body positive in the If inner and positive woman that keeps that spirit alive. Let's stand up and support friends and families who have been affected by the virus. We will not let us beat Peters, let's get down to zero and get rid of stigma for people living with HIV AIDS. Thank you very much [01:00:50] associ Thank you for uplifting our spirits. Thank you for rousing the spirits of all who have gone before us and if they were Sleep before that or not now. [01:01:02] Thank you [01:01:07] The fact that we are gathered here this afternoon [01:01:12] and that this gathering has been so beautifully arranged is in no small way thanks to body positive and Paul Boland board member body positive will now address you. Thank you for [01:01:30] hanging up and our mana and our rail [01:01:37] court in a at me he Kyoko catwalk [01:01:43] Nora euro [01:01:46] Nakamoto Nakamoto Tena koutou katoa [01:01:55] I'm afraid that's as far as my memory goes. I've been 900 Since New Zealand only, and I apologize for being from that little island on the lift, called AWS. And Ron asked me to speak today, nine months ago, I've sort of had a gestation period, perhaps Today's my birthday. But in that nine months, it felt like nine years because Wellington has welcomed me. And I think it is the most amazing, coolest city in the world. And you don't need me to tell you that because I think you do all nervous. However, in good Australian fashion, I'd like to pay my respects to the original inhabitants of these beautiful islands. Those past and those here today. [01:03:01] Now let's talk about sex. [01:03:06] That was the reason that I was going to be here today to talk about sex. Ron wanted me to get young people up on the stage, because the futures in their hands. [01:03:18] I didn't mean upon there. [01:03:22] But now now I've got your interest. We'll get on to the other part of the story. They were too busy texting by the way the young people could not get here today. But I'd like those who are here have young people in their lives to pass on some of the words that they've heard today because the future is in their hands. You know, we are old as beans. Although I must say I feel younger every day. I'm in Wellington and Tifa foreigners played a role in that too. Thank you. Yesterday, I saw two movies. I must confess I'm a movie tragic. And Wellington has got a fantastic film culture he, as you all know, one of them was at the Film Archive, courtesy of Gareth Watkins. And we must thank very much for what he's given us today. And the other was a movie from the Brazilian Film Festival. You know what's on at the moment? Tomorrow's the last day we're today's the last day. I believe they've had fantastic movies there. The one I saw was called, who cares? And I'll talk about it a bit later. But it was a very, very important movie. It is a couple of years old had been brought back especially for this festival. But why we're here today is because we care. We care for those who have gone Before us, and those who are with us today. [01:05:10] Ron also asked me to tell my story. Because like, Bruce, I'm a long term positive person. [01:05:19] 31 years ago in 1983, [01:05:23] I was infected in Melbourne with HIV. And my life has been a great run Ever since then, I must say. I mean, if HIV can enrich your life, it certainly has enriched my life. Like everybody here does their overseas experience your own way. I did my own way in 1968. I worked on a cargo ship leaving Sydney for the big US of A and with me with two young Kiwi Maori boys, my first friends From New Zealand were young Maori boys working in the engine room with me for 30 days wiping the grease off the engine going to America. Not a country that I really wanted to go to, but that's where the ship went to. And I disembarked as soon as I got to the first port of call, which was Vancouver, the beautiful city of Vancouver, which I'm going to speak to Lady Mayor later, because it is a most amazing sister city of Wellington. And you anyway, I arrived in Vancouver, I didn't see my two Maori friends after that. I don't know what happened to them. But as far as I was concerned, I hitchhiked across America and settled in New York for about nine months. And I was there in 1969. And do you know what happened in New York in 19 In 69, [01:07:03] a little event called Stonewall [01:07:06] for six days, the drag queens rioted in the Stonewall Inn in Christopher Street. And the night of their first writing, I was at a bar around the corner. Because I was discovering my real true identity as a gay man, and what better place to do it than in New York. But I was at a bar called Julius in the village not far away from Stonewall. But the next day, we heard in the news, what was going on? The story about Stonewall is very important because all of gay liberation started from that week in 1969. In May. I think it was my it might have been June, but it was drag queens and transvestites trainees who refused to be told that they couldn't drink at a bar in Christopher street, and they thought the police, New York was in the hands of the mafia and the police at that stage, the mafia owned the gay bars. I had to pay the place. It was the drag queens that fought to place on Stonewall. And that's not just that gay bar that many of you may know in Oxford street called Stonewall. It was the Stonewall Inn in New York. And it's on the bank of these fabulous strong transgender drag queens in New York, that gay liberation is built. And in New Zealand, we have the likes of the recently departed Carmen repay. Preston pays and are fantastic Georgina, by whom I don't think is here in the audience tonight she, I mean, these are the people that have changed the law in New Zealand. I'm only learning about it now what's going on here before, but I find it each day of my life here in New Zealand as a as a new adventure and learning about what's going on before me is part of the thrill of becoming less of a kangaroo and more of a kiwi. The other movie I saw was at the Film Archives, and it was the story of Lou prime. Now, I know he's an Auckland man, Bruce knows him. I'm sure many of you have any of you heard of a rock and roll star born in Karen? Karen naki. That kazoo prime Well, it was his story. And he and his partner. Both died of AIDS a week apart. It was a beautiful love story. But the PostScript to that movie was that they were in the closet. This only happened in the 1990s. And they couldn't come out because the climate didn't welcome them. And yet he was the manager of the Auckland rugby union club. He brought them out of the doldrums. I think they won six premierships. They died within a week of each other. And he said, this movie in with film was an amazing film a documentary, he said, only on my desk and this film be released, and I recommend it to everybody. It was an amazing, [01:10:46] truthful example of what [01:10:50] these two boys one of them very high profile in Auckland had to live through because of the stigma and The moral case of we don't want to know about it, but things are changing. Anyway, back to my story. After I left New York, I went to live in Europe. And for six years, I left the high life in Europe. squandered a lot of my all of my money and came back [01:11:26] a bit later to pick up the virus, the welcome virus in Melbourne in 1983. [01:11:34] However, [01:11:37] I want my story is a little bit different. [01:11:42] Because I decided that I wasn't going to die. [01:11:47] I never ever thought that I was. [01:11:51] So I, [01:11:54] after I left Melbourne, about five years into the fires, I was burnt out actually for local After people who are dying, I moved back to the central coast where I came from. And in Newcastle, bit north of Sydney, I got a job with the New South Wales eight council a con. And I was the HIV Education Officer there. And it was 1993. I was discovering the internet, I did a lot of research. And I discovered that there were people who thought like I did, that the virus was not lethal, that was not going to kill you. Because I knew that I wasn't going to die. I knew in my heart and soul that I would never die. But I had changed my life around I was leading a pretty healthy life. And I discovered this English magazine called continuum. A London produced magazine, where people like me, have been positive for many years, and we're still asymptomatic as we were called. Well, I loved what I said. And I went to New York, I spoke in New York, I went to London, I spoke there, continuum, the name of the magazine, which has died, unfortunately, because like all of my friends who believe that HIV wasn't lethal, not like all of them, but most of them did die. I was one of the exceptions who didn't. And I accept the fact that I was possibly naive. But it was my naivety. That probably allows me to stand healthy before you today. I even wrote an article for continuing in 1997 called Lust for Life. And it's still on the internet under my name, and I'm a little bit embarrassed so please don't look up. But President Mbeki must quote Africa here as well South Africa. He follows The same belief system that I had. And unfortunately, he hasn't gone down well in history because he refused the medication for the people who were dying in Africa and it was not a good thing. In my case, I refused the medication was also a little like in the Dallas Buyers Club. I did not want to take a said t because I had created disrespects of the multinational drug companies. And I knew that I said T was a lethal injection, as it was for so many people who after only a few weeks of taking it, were wheeled out of the hospital did but after 22 years, at that stage, I was looking after my mother who was in her 90s I started to lose weight and the virus kicked in. It is an ugly virus. You're wasting virus. I looked skinnier than a supermodel and it was not a good look. My Kiwi doctor, interestingly, in Gosford at that stage, I finally went to her and I said, I think you better give me some medication. And this was eight years ago and I took medications and I bounced back. And I'm here today, Fitch and strong and well and available. [01:15:39] I'd like to get Bruce killed misters endorsement. As my viral load is undetectable. I'm non infectious. [01:15:50] Okay. [01:15:55] Somebody asked me why we still have this memorial. I think it's clear From the other speakers while we have the memorial, it's a very important day for everybody to remember what has gone on before. The other movie that I saw on thanks to Gareth Watkins, again was called a death in the family at the Film Archives. As any of you seen a death in the family I can't believe it in a way because it was such a great movie by Peter wells, one of your great filmmakers who lives in Napier. And it was about one of the very early that's from AIDS in Auckland. And it was a drama acted. I could not believe it wasn't a documentary. It was so well done. It was a brilliant movie. It should go all around the world. Peter Wellman wells has since retired from making movies I think because it's too difficult to get movies made now. He is one of the icons in this country. I think a death in the family is a movie that everybody really who's interested in what went on in the early days should see. [01:17:15] Because we have to remain vigilant. [01:17:18] And somebody said earlier complacency only brings laziness, laser brings. Lack of condom use lack of condom use, brings HIV. Now, I just caught somebody in the audience who was at the movie with me yesterday, who lost her brother from HIV, eight or nine years ago, and we had a discussion after the movie, and the word self esteem came up. And I'm a great believer that self esteem is the answer to so many The world problem, especially the gay world problems, because history has shown that we haven't been accepted history, the laws are changing. But society unfortunately is changing much slower. And it's this lack of self esteem that many of the gay people, transgender and intersex people can easily have. That is the source of so many problems. And this is where I link it up with the movie, the Brazilian movie, who cares, which is about a bunch of people all around the world, who are making changes in the world. They're called social entrepreneurs. We have a lot of entrepreneurs in New Zealand, social entrepreneurs. It's a new term. It's people who want to see change in society. change lives. Standing up proud to be HIV positive. And these stories in this movie, were part of the message that I'd like to leave with you today is that the young people who are very creative need to institute change. We can give them that opportunity to do that. But there are opportunities for change, even in this fantastic progressive, exciting city of Wellington and country of New Zealand, which has adopted me and which I have very happily [01:19:39] adopted. [01:19:43] I know you all want to have your afternoon tea. So I'm going to finish with a quote from Nelson Mandela, who in January 2006, announced to his country the great iconic leader of South Africa And to the world. I'll read out what he said, My son has died of AIDS. Let us give publicity to HIV AIDS and not hide it. Because the only way to make it appear normal is to come out and say someone has died of HIV, then people will stop regarding it as extraordinary. I would get further and say that we need to be proud that we're HIV positive. There is nothing to be ashamed of. [01:20:39] There is so much to be proud of. [01:20:42] Look at our history. [01:20:45] I am proud. We should all be proud [01:20:50] that we have HIV and are still alive and still working against this virus. [01:21:00] Finally, I would like to say [01:21:05] let us be proud and strong enough to tell our family and friends without fear or consequence that we are HIV positive. Thank you. [01:21:36] The manager of body positive Wellington has asked me to give some acknowledgments for people who have helped us bring this together today. And first and foremost, it's up to MRI, for their help with all the logistics and to access this fantastic venue. Also body positive karma to a Michael ref. Thank you, Michael. All the guest speakers who have come along and of course to Michael Bancroft, who came down from Auckland to look after us as well. Gareth Watkins from the Film Archives, who did all the screenings leading up to the today and also the candlelight, Rainbow Wellington for their help with sponsorship. The Chrissy by Toko Memorial Trust to melon Scotty who sponsored the afternoon tea coming up afterwards. And the New Zealand AIDS Foundation afina with dawn and Lee who are great help also cow Greenwood [01:22:49] in New Zealand Pacey. The prostitutes [01:22:52] collective thank you to them. And Peter Stobart audiovisual services for filming us here today. So I think that's everybody and now Michael is going to finish the proceedings. [01:23:06] Thank you to everyone who has contributed. [01:23:24] I'm just going to beg your indulgence for hopefully only a minute and a half or there abouts don't time me. Nearly 10 min 10 years ago, a young man was dying. His name was Carl Daniels and he reserved Herne Bay house in Auckland. He was better known than the Auckland community as Courtney calathea. [01:23:48] And we sat down. [01:23:51] She told me everything that she wanted for her funeral. One of the requests was anyone who's ever worn a dress is to be in a dress. That includes you Michael, you may not be a priest now but you used to dress up. [01:24:13] Then we had the decoration of the casket. [01:24:19] A named Courtney appeared, and all her finery absolutely if I remember sparkling blue, lay down in the casket and had them put the lid on. Not to say what it was like with a lid over here. But in her own words to make sure my boobs don't get crushed. We held an amazing funeral which some of you were at, at St. Matthew in the city, and everyone was given a balloon. Now if you don't know St. Matthew in the city It's right on the Hobson Street, which is a five to six lane road that takes you up onto the southern motorway of Auckland. At the end of the service, everyone in a dress literally blocked off the whole of the road. And this was it about this time of the day. The most busy traffic time and Auckland ever stopped everyone so that the hearse could go up the road on a turn with balloons flying. Now the people in their cars may not have known what was happening. But I tell you what was really moving. There was the honking of horns. But it wasn't a honking that said what are you doing get out of our way. It was kind of on your way, whoever you are And I want to finish with that, as emcee to remind all of us that while some of the things we've heard today remind us that's been a horrible 30 plus years in the sense we've lost a lot of our loved ones, that it's still with us in the sense that there are so many living with the virus and still hidden that our sisters and brothers would want us to celebrate their lives and walk better as queries. Do we do that? By remembering and eating? I am told that if you wish to spend the night here, still be on the premises at six o'clock. That means get out of here before six So the only request from the staff is that by 545 at the latest that people will be heading out of the building, please. I now hand over to our co monitor to close the ceremony. MCI will be saved over to our right here. Take your time. Celebrate. Thank you all. [01:28:29] All [01:30:04] Cattle cattle feed. 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