Part 2 - Opening ceremony at Parliament - Wellington Pride Festival 2016

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride and [00:00:11] Wonderful, Donna, [00:00:14] Donna and myself. We were on a show that Phil wrote. And I'll tell you what, I had some tales to tell Donna's even don't ban a lot. [00:00:27] Just Just so right on proper gear occasionally. lovely to [00:00:33] see you again. Okay, I'm present dollars here. Thank you [00:00:44] to everybody. And as you just heard, my name is Diana Jamila, I can only I was not here for law reform. I was already in Australia I ran away. times were so tough. I went to school in the 40s and 50s. I was beaten up because I am who I am. And I've never been any different. So of course I SPECT out like dogs watch names. So and I was five foot two and the premise so you can imagine, you know, but then I I ran away in 1960. From from home because I never thought my parents would if my mother would accept me and my father had passed, not just the year before. I never thought my mother would accept me, you see, because that was the only thing that I got a hiding for that. She really gave me a hiding all the time for dressing up and being who I was and the rest of the family. I have no brothers and sisters but aunties and uncles and everything, all have more drugs for me, you know, we're ball gowns and wedding gowns and everything everyone accepted except my mom and later in life. She told me the reason why she knew nothing. We're talking 50s and obviously I was changed, you know? And she said, the thing is that you and I forgave her immediately she said use none other wants to see her child pointed at laughed it beaten up. And I said, welcome. That's exactly what happened to me. And she said the sign on. Frame had just said about people calling it calling gay mean. pedophiles, they called us pedophiles, I got out of a car and ran up to me before the keeper more was and beat me and he was beating me. And he's saying it's dirty, so and so's like you that interfere with my young brother. And all I could think of to answer was, I want to be heard not tickle. And he was so shocked at what I said that he stopped beating me up. But that's all I could think of, you know, because young boys don't don't interest people like me, you know what I mean? And I was always harassed by a police sergeant. And he did nothing. But and I never knew too many years later that he also used to pick on other people I knew and harassed every night he would pick me up. And he would say get in the car. And I say but why I've done nothing. He'd say get in the car now. And I simply have done nothing wrong. If you don't get in the car, I'll arrest you for hampering a policeman in his line of duty. And then he would make the driver drive off at like 80 miles an hour and there was no no seat belts and he knew your literal Achilles heel because he was such a nasty person, you know, and he knew I hated speed. And this I was in control of and it would speed all around. And then he drive and run make him drive into an alleyway, turn on the lights, and then he saved in your adrenaline anally when it started when you turn on the inside lights the windows become mirrors and he'd say look at you you a fan this this and the words I'd never hit like shirt lifting and I can't repeat the words he used to say to me and then he would push my face into the into the the window until ice I swore or seen pig or whatever any guy kwacha. So then he take me down to the police station. And he would make me Andres Endress, because he knew he would embarrass me in the DS would just roll. He wouldn't make me dress and undress everyone that were there. Then I would fall asleep. And he would make it his business when the next shift came on, that he would make wake me up and do the same thing all over again. He would wait for me to come out of a hotel and go into the toilet and arrest me for using the woman's toilet. I mean, there was a running joke that Skelly who was a well known judge that was very anti Crimson everything, never put me in jail. And he called me into his camera and he said for goodness sake, Donner. He said, I can't keep finding a you know, you're gonna have to stop going into the woman's toilet as it were, am I going to go he's already can go to the meetings. [00:04:52] I said, Well, what am I supposed to do? He said, [00:04:54] maybe a bottle I sit in the miniskirt. [00:04:59] And there was a bit of a joke because he never ever put me in jail because he understood me. You know, [00:05:08] but I'm, I'm just one that was treated like that. We all come from one place. We all walk different roads, but we all end up in the same place. And we are all found out. We are all family. And I'd like to now introduce someone that was a trailblazer into the parliament and Amir and who came along just as I Lyft and she can talk more about the law reform. Thank you very much for asking me I'm very [00:05:35] honored. Thank you. [00:05:56] cuna kata kata. My name is Georgina Byron. Yes, I have walked these halls of fame and they are all the power and betrayal. homosexual or for 1986. Well, in 1984 85, I had just moved from Wilmington to Oakland. So I was busy being a drag diva at Alfie's nightclub in Oakland, and the bloomers show for those of you who may have come across us at that time, if you do at ages UY I mentioned this is because any activism that I became involved with regarding Law Reform happened in Auckland, because I was working for a trio of partners who owned the Alfie's nightclub, and namely Britt shepherd, and Tony cabbage and his partner, john, they owned Alfie's nightclub. But they also had a gay publication, which was rare in New Zealand of those times. And for frame and for Bill and for all of the activists that were spearheading from down here, that kind of outreach was important, when friend mentioned about getting into the provinces and places like that, if any gay people were out there and had some sort of access to a gay media would be out magazine, there was at least one other I can't recall its name, publication. Pen triangle, that's right. That also helped that great shape and certainly became a great advocate an Oakland, so fun raising awareness, raising rallies, anything he could do through the nightclub or the other businesses that were gay friendly, was very helpful and trying to bring the community together because we hadn't been together community rainbow community. And but there's one core slave was pushing people together to act cooperatively, regardless of differences of opinion, because the principle was right, we need and must have equality and human rights. And this was a stepping stone toward it. So we did that in the nightclub scene up and up in Oakland. But at the same time, I also happen to be fortunately working with one of our great gay filmmaking and writing icons, Peter wells. And he and his colleague, Stuart Menon, making the short film as part of a drama series that was going on TV. Now, not many of our real lives were expressed in television and New Zealand in those days beaming into the households of the nation. But in the series, there were at least two short films that we're going to touch on a subject matter almost foreign and an arrow in New Zealand. One of them was a short film called my first suit, which was about him young 14 year old discovering his homosexual tendencies. That was fine. The other film was a short film called jewels down, and jewels style was a film about a day in the life of a transvestite and a transsexual. And I had the honor of playing the co star role of jewel, and that film, and it had an awful lot of trouble once it was about ready to go to air for actually getting on air because the sensor the day decided that the subject matter was contrary to the public's good taste. And therefore it held up an entire series of sexual dramas that were going on our featured Sunday night drama slot on TV when in three channels in those days and [00:09:48] and [00:09:50] so there was a great to do about until I think Julian mountain who was the head of TV or something at the time came along and managed to get it to go on air. Why was it called contrary to the public school taste, because the main characters in the short film was a transvestite, and a transsexual, and not one bedroom saying with six involved happened on this film or anything, I mean, you would look back at them and think that they was ridiculous, and just idiot these days. And that film, we managed to ad lib a same that stains, they are enshrined on celluloid to this very day. And which the two main characters ambushed the Salvation Army who were marching down Queen streets to go and have their prayer rally and Victoria Street on a Sunday night. And me and my co host, dashed out in front of the directors instructions totally off hand and they had love rushed out in front of them, and mockingly march down clean street in front of the Salvation Army with all their, you know, trim, you know, tambourines going and the hits, and the trombones and everything like that. The sergeant of the Salvation Army was very displeased with them had words with Peter wells, the director about us and said that we're going to be sewing them and you can't put this on TV, and we'll have you, you know, we've got our eye on you. And then Peter asked us again, a little bit if we could just go and stand so we can get a cutaway shot. For us to go me Amanda to go and stand next to the Salvation Army while I having a amazement, which we did, mockingly standing there, you know, joining them. So this was out of a protest in the film that last to this day to remind us of those who were a Guinness and again us badly. And also, finally, and the last shot of that film, Mandy, and my character will away from the camera and the director instructed me to just add a few lines to sort of wind that up, we're walking away into the distance. So I couldn't help but say, to my coast, in that scene, how I ever told you about the time I met this guy called normal Jones, he was down on the streets and got that little dig in there because norm Van Jones was a vehement opponent of homosexual Law Reform along with Jeff Bry Brooke and the Labour Party, who I later served in the caucus with for a while, and I took a soft and LG down by the time he retired. So I'm being given up, the wind up, there's an awful lot that we could talk about. But suffice to say that the opportunities that opened up to all of us, but certainly the likes of me and years to come from the beginning with homosexual or form and the vital and important human rights amendments in 1992. Freedom then became all inclusive, assisted me greatly to seek out a career in politics, local government and central government level when they presented themselves. And although I had to deal with an awful lot of, you know, trends, trains, gender, train sexual sort of stuff for me, along with my very colorful past. At the end of the day, we have noted some homosexual law reform that while there is improvement, to still come, that we have an attitudinal change in this country, where we have won the hearts and minds of fair minded New Zealanders, and the whistles, marriage equality, those certainly showed us that, and that was only a short, not even 10 years after civil unions. And there are Surgeons of all lead vino rhetoric that we heard back on the time of law reform, with Niall that people and winning respect in this country, and that's what we needed to earn. And we have earned very well, it was helped along at the time, coincidentally with law reform, that HIV and AIDS was succumbing to the world. And we were having to take that on the way the gay community cooperated with the non gay community in this country to address this issue, which was of some vital importance to all of us, helped us share the respect between each other and learn a hell of [00:14:34] a lot more than people knew before about who we really are, and who we are a positive participants and our society, and we must continue to demand the equality and this nation that this nation has given us today. Thank you. [00:15:11] Thank you, thank you. [00:15:14] Now you know, [00:15:17] you know, you can have our show ponies and our kind of game [00:15:21] that are out here all [00:15:22] the time, but people who are out and proud all their lives, and simply through all the working lives, and who include us and let life as one way to describe our next speaker. Malcolm born has been an institution and the Wellington hospitality scene for more than 50 years. I have known him most of my girl life. He knew me when I was a boy for a while. And we used to be flatmates together, and we have done some ridiculous things together. But we have always been strong together. We've been through the ups and downs of the roller coaster of our lives as rainbow people in this country. So would you please give a warm welcome to the lectern to one of the greatest men who have helped our community through fundraising through support through advocacy through visibility and through providing us have been used we can we can be who we are welcome Malcolm Forbes to the LinkedIn. [00:16:37] Well, I can tell you she's a pretty hard act to follow. She really is always telling somebody earlier on this afternoon that you know Georgina was a great speaker. But she's one of those ones that you need to give her a microphone where the cord on a second. I'm supposed to be standing here this evening telling you about what my life has been like but hospitality and providing for the gay community and paying acknowledgement to some people that are no longer with us tonight. I've slightly done a little bit of a diatribe from that. I was going to speak free heartedly as I thought it would be more natural. And I got to work this afternoon and I thought no, no, I better write down a few notes. So I have seven pages of notes. Okay. But I'm a little bit older now. And I thought, well, I'll just write big, so don't have to get out my reading glasses show my age 30 years of Law Reform Who would have thought I never thought that I would see exactly where we are today. Growing up in the hot belly as a young teenager and going to one of the roughest schools tied to college. And knowing that you were different, was not easy. It was not easy at all. homophobia was prevail. And [00:17:54] there was one thing wrong with me. I like boys. [00:17:58] When I turned 13 I rock out of school and hit the bright lights of Wellington. My life changed. Really, really changed. There were no nightclubs know gay venues nothing like that. There were places like the Bistro bar and the tavern bar. And we used to do ourselves up so we could sneak in there. It was great turn by had two exits, saw the cops coming in motor through one and motivate the other. Then you ran through upstairs. The Toledo bar waited to the cops left when you go back down there again. I did a few jobs I ran away to see when I was 18 years of age and I joined the Navy. I learned a lot. I learned a lot about myself. I met a lot of people of my ilk that were the same as me. Eventually I came ashore awake to the fantastic boy who George and the old roll like hotel at one stage. George was the night Porter and I was the way through the ice coffee shop. We go on fantastically. We live to with the maitre D so I should say of the coffee bar Carol and I male dancer and stripper real we all live together up in Boulder Street. And George and I after work in those days it was 11 o'clock closing time. George and I would leave our job at the roar like hotel with scooter scooter sorry, up to Boulder street where we lived quickly throw on the drag the hot pants the whole the next two hires and down to Carmen's down and Vivian St. George's scored a job and I'll never forget it. Her first gig was very good yellow and black. Marlena Dietrich trace she hated it. But she soon became the stallion. So everybody would go to the club exhausted and downs, Carmen's lives changed dramatically. eventually discovered there was a place a place for people like us. And that was the door in society and London key amazing place agreement got together they opened up a gay club. Very the streets. Man only unlicensed open to 10 o'clock at night. $4 to get in the door. Single signing and beer from the fridge. Every member paid a membership per year. We all had a key to get in the door. We try and three flights of stairs. Then we have to bang on a door or ring the bell. The curtain would come back. Oh yes. You remember you can come in. We had a great time to try that right. It got a bit by the police unlicensed, but survived. over the year it grew. We moved to what a street was fantastic. It was surviving well. And as Georgie mentioned, then Elvis came to town from Oakland and opened up his nightclub and Wellington, Wellington, his first official, legal, gay and lesbian nightclub, something that was dedicated just to the gay and lesbian people. And we just them and about them. And as Georgie mentioned, she had the fabulous bloomers review and Oakland, Brits, red Shepherd, Tony cabbage and his partner john, that was flying the girls down. They gave us a space and a place to be who we were. That was fantastic. It was really, really fantastic. Suddenly, I felt I had a place I belonged. A blonde in society, our society with some were truly tremendous to go. Somebody actually cared about us. homosexual reform, gay liberation was all rising. It said having sex lower form was going Francisco was in full Logan, fantastic. gentleman who worked so hard was friend made it possible for all of us. He would organize everything. Norman giants Jeff gray book, I mean, going out to lots church in LA hearts, and the hatreds. [00:22:03] These people were supposed to be Christians. We were the scum of the earth. Killer clear for Christ character back to the gospel where they come from. They were the war cries. It was horrible. It was not nice time to go out of this bill. And all these people that put this call together, work so hard, Fran was Kevin young, pink triangle was on the same Trevor Miller's all of these fantastic people that gave us an opportunity or sorry, an opportunity and made it possible for all of us to be where we were today. People like Allison Lori, Paul Logan, UN painter, Graham Russell, who was working on a full time unpaid. We would we be today without these people. These were the dream weavers, Tony candidates, rich Shepherd, his partner, john Logan, awesome. All of these people you encounter, we would we be today. If we didn't have these people. I can honestly say, as a young man growing up, I learned a lot. I thank you for everything that you've done. For us, as gay men, I think the lesbian community for standing there and being behind us and helping us to get where we were there to get us where we wanted to be days, as been mentioned, was running [00:23:29] hard. [00:23:30] heterosexuals on a Friday guys, I gotta tell you right now, I did have my suspicions about this. [00:23:38] I thought if he doesn't come out of that closet, soon, Nani is gonna get them first. [00:23:46] What I'm really trying to say is that we have lived a hard life. But it's been fantastic to get where we are 30 years later. And we would not be here today. If it wasn't for all these dreams, us, the people that made it possible. And I really would like you all. Put your hands together. And thank this amazing group of people. [00:24:19] Husband and I and I had to apologize. [00:24:21] Scotty couldn't be here tonight. He said we have to have a function back at the bar, which is involved with the comedy club. And so he had to get away for that. So I do apologize that he made sure he said Please apologize for me. And I said, Yes, I will. So we've done that. And of course you are. I'm going to get a plug in here. You are all invited back there. later on. We've got a fantastic nice little DJ downstairs all the way from Korea is absolutely beautiful. He came to us in the bar and said, I play [00:24:46] in gay nightclub in Korea. And I want to play in your bar. I play for nothing. Nobody, nobody plays for nothing. Nobody works for nothing. [00:24:57] And on that, I mean, everybody, every one of you. Every one of you. You all worked for nothing. You made it possible for us to be who we are today. And now society's changed because of your heart if it's we would we be today without every Weaver's Thank you, Allison. Thank you, Lisa. Thank you, Georgina. Thank you, everybody, friend, Gavin. Bow. Thank you. [00:25:21] Thank you for your time. [00:25:37] As I would like you to give a huge round of applause for our next speaker. Cassie, can we do that? [00:25:50] You can't see. [00:25:53] So Cassie is part of a new generation of gay community. She's going to give it a little I caught it all which will only actually be five minutes. Exactly. Thank you. [00:26:11] MC two [00:26:11] is coming as well. Ladies and gentlemen they're the makers and shakers for today. huge round of applause for [00:26:37] Koto Koto ti na quick ET Papa Kitty, Fangoria Tara, Tina quick kitty, [00:26:46] kitty, kitty, [00:26:48] kitty wider now Mateo Tina UEO Tina EV me me hear me tell you hear my Myra Iran it's heerema Tina Coto King IT buena autumn Morna New York Eva, Tina Koto, King Adana tierra KU route with the ferry, Tina, [00:27:11] Tina, Tina Koto, Koto, [00:27:17] I just want to stop by greeting, our lanes here have to find a new era, I want to break this house, I want to greet the people of this house, and the wider wall of this house as well. I want to, I want to greet everybody who has already passed out sooner, everybody has come before us. I want to I want to greet everyone who is here today. And everyone who you bring with you into this room here. Thank you. [00:27:46] I want to thank the organizers. And I want to thank all of the people who have we've heard tonight already. [00:27:53] My name is Casey. And also I want to acknowledge that I am speaking here tonight with at all in one who might have been mixing the program but actually we are joining our call it all here today. [00:28:07] So I guess the concept for what we were speaking because I it's quite intimidating coming up in the space in front of all of these amazing people who have paved the way for we with being and me standing here at 26 and not even being alive. When this happened. I think you know, that's quite an intimidating thing to do. One of the things that we really thought about and what we drain a week what we drew a strange inspiration from was the octopus actually. And it's quite relevant because do many people know of the story of Cooper, MT. Vicki? I so NC if I'm going to react Sarah Cooper actually travel from her Waikiki following. I joined octopus, who aggrieved home and Cooper followed this octopus to Vicky omitted me all the way across the Pacific Ocean. And Dean was his partner, who then said, Oh, the lane of the Long White Cloud, I'll tear or a woman who named this beautiful country of us quite important. Now, this is just one story. But what did happen is that see, Vicki, this giant octopus, there was a show down and across all of these different places from castle point, from different new era to the cook straits. And finally, the battle took place at the top of the South Island, and to to the new way. So I just want to acknowledge that we're not for their freaky, we're not for the octopus, then coupe wouldn't have made the journey and brought many other offers for no longer here, to sit on this on this lens. So I wanted to acknowledge that [00:30:07] COCCO love [00:30:31] this song that we are seeing this chant, which is a someone chant, is talking about building a fire on an octopus sexually, if you want to know more, we can tell you later. And what we want to talk about here today as building a fire. So right now we know even though there have been people who have traversed across difficult difficult times, we still feel like there is a problem that run runs deep within our society, and deep within our communities. And we still feel it. We feel it in many different places. And as multifaceted like the octopus, it is about teen suicide, as it is about it is about racism. And it's about trans people within our prisons still to this day. It has many, many things, and we want to light a fire to illuminate that. So when we can see the problem, we can start to solve the problem. [00:31:37] C [00:32:09] Elizabeth and many before us have told us we must acknowledge the Pacific and indigenous peoples have lived in these islands for many, many years before us. We have existed forever. We have existed before Europeans colonized our lands and made laws that then said we were not right, and that we are unnatural. We cannot forget where these laws have come from. But we know that in our hearts and our minds where we stand, we are right and we incorrect and what we continue to do. Last week, I must acknowledge that one of our young people who who would could have been in here in this room today passed away due to suicide. This is not something that has just finished and we leave as many people have mentioned here today. So I think it's really important. There are specific peoples indigenous peoples continue to come together into building. So we can illuminate what we're doing. And we can work for a better world. [00:33:32] What we are saying is that there is a fire, there was a distant fire and there's a fire that is still burning within many of us. But we want to say we can't just be afraid of that fire. It hasn't at the good and it hasn't at the bed. So just like to think you're muted only when the octopus came over here. That was of course a bad thing that was going on. But at the same time it was a good omen at brought people over to our country here today and continue to pay the wife of what the Altidore that we have. So what I'm we want to do here today, as we want to offer this fire, we cannot hold the grief of our communities, Pacific and our indigenous communities any longer. And what we want to do is we want to pass it on, and we want to leave it here. And it's nothing to be afraid of. That's okay, that's fine. But we want to continue to work together to keep illuminating, and in the end of the day, make this place a safer place for our people. [00:35:25] I would now like to introduce Bella Simpson to come up. I've known Bella for quite a few years. She's amazing young human being who is creating real change within her communities. She I don't want to get into this whole brave and courageous people. However, I think that Bella absolutely fits within this bill and I have [00:35:45] a lot of love and respect for her. [00:35:59] Hello, everybody. [00:36:01] My name is Bella. And when I was 19, when I was 11, I came out as a young trans woman. And so I've been through primary, intermediate and high school as a trans woman. So firstly, I just wanted to say thank you to all those that fought so hard. 30 years ago, I wasn't born yet. It was like 10 years before I was born. So. So while I guess it's really awesome that we can come together and celebrate such great things as a community. But it's also important to remember that this isn't the end of the road, we need to remember those in our community that don't get a voice whose identity is often ignored. I could stand there for hours and lyst up identities that we haven't even mentioned this evening. But there just isn't enough time, I've already been asked to condense my speech that I did. So the one to nearly that I do worry about because I'm involved with it is the trans community. One in five young trans people were attempting suicide every year. These numbers are way too high. This isn't okay. These young people are not feeling safe, supported, respected or heard. Myself and a good friend of mine have been working for the proud conference this week, to get use opinions on this serious issues within our community. We've run workshops and awesome and Wellington and we did a survey online, we had over 100 responses, both online and in person. And I'd love to stand here and say that these young people are feeling great with no issues. But they are the amount of young people who feel like their gender identity is invalid and ignored. It's deeply upsetting. What's more upsetting is that they aren't just feeling this way at home, or even in school. But it comes from the media and within our own community. Young gender diverse people just are not feeling like they're represented in this community. It worries me because I've often had these dark thoughts, feeling like my identity is invalid, and being ignored. And that I meant tokenized by my school, and feeling like I was the only trans person. But the truth is I'm not alone. There are hundreds of young trans people who are finding the confidence to be themselves. I'm lucky, I've always had a strong support system behind me. But think of those who don't. These days, when a young trend, when a young person comes out as gay, they'll be some stigma to bullying, the most people will realize it's great, you're so brave Congrats. But when a young trans person comes out, they're constantly having to educate others, including the teaches them to deal with questions that no one should have to deal with. They're having to be out and proud and fight the discrimination. But it's funny, really, because this week, I had a bit of a breakdown. Because my entire Pride Week includes attending events and conferences, to speak up about young trans people and the issues that they're facing. I have the support to get me through this. And I don't mind doing it. But as long as in the future, things start to change. Because it doesn't fear that we keep putting all this responsibility onto a young trans community. And it makes it sound like it's just me, but the reality is just about every young trans person feels like they have to do this. And this is a huge weight they shouldn't have to carry. And I think it all really hit me when I saw my endocrinologist in January. And he said to me, I'm really sorry, you haven't been able to be a normal teenager. And that took me by surprise because I never thought about it right? over the school holidays when I was younger the other kids in my class, hang out, go to the beach have sleepovers IVF to the Holy Spirit conference or running a workshop educating others just you know, simple teenage things. But as a community, we have a responsibility to change this, so no one else gets left behind. Like what Layla is the distinction Lilo and Stitch ohana means family family means nobody gets left behind. But it's enough for me. And someone who's done some really amazing work. And it's been recognized by the queen is Timmy was sitting up. Inside Out. She's a national coordinator. And she's been doing some really amazing work. So I'll pass it over to her. [00:40:29] Um, and I'd also like to acknowledge all of those who have gone before for us to have paved the way for us all to be standing here celebrating the 50th anniversary of homosexuals. And I'll total I feel so lucky to be born in the 90s after that bill passed and to have grown up in a time with people in New Zealand are free to live out their relationships openly free of that legal persecution. And I'm really, really grateful for that. And for all the stories that have been shared tonight, which they, especially on the anger community, we don't get to hear those. So it's just incredible to have the opportunity to really hear about, you know, how this happened and how we are standing. We were standing. [00:41:08] I'm in stiffest high school that we're aware of in the Asia Pacific region to have a queer straight Alliance group. And that completely changed my experience of understanding my sexuality and being able to come out and be open about it. Because I was an environment that, for the most part accepted my kind of diversity. So now I work for inside out where our vision is to make sure every young person if I do have a diverse sexuality, sex or gender, and Altera has a sense of belonging and safety in their community and school. [00:41:37] Inside Out, I'm a team of volunteers with tirelessly to make change happen as to other groups all around the country. And in Wellington, we're working so that the young people growing up now don't have to face the same struggles that we did, just like many of our elders do for us, we want them to have a better. [00:41:53] In the last five years since I've left high school, we've already seen huge changes. Almost every region and our shadow announced as the previous group, supporting young people in their communities, half the schools in Wellington and an estimated probably about 60, around the country have queer straight Alliance groups working to create that support in their schools. Marriage Equality past work is being done on Oakland at the moment, which is hopefully going to result in the first kind of trans health clinic in New Zealand. Hopefully, that will be the first of many statistics on gender diverse people are starting to be selected, we might even make it into the census. [00:42:29] All that stuff is huge. And it's happening in our lifetime, which is really, really exciting. But as we know, it's not enough. And the last 10 years, there has been no change in relation to the amount of bullying young people they this sexuality and sexism dangers face in high schools. 10 years is a long time to see no change. [00:42:49] One in five young people in our community are being bullied on at least a weekly basis. And within that group over 43% are actually receiving physical violence as part of it. Um, and it's just really sad, because those aren't just shocking statistics. There's a real stories of young people that we work with. [00:43:09] And lots of the young people that are supporting other young people, like others before me and said, [00:43:16] and we're doing a pretty incredible job. But without proper support and resourcing it's going to continue to be a very slow change. We need a whole community approach to see things moving faster. [00:43:27] I also want to take a moment to acknowledge a part of our community that hasn't been spoken about tonight. But the exception of the very beginning when Elizabeth acknowledged by phobia and our communities. [00:43:39] I want to give a shout out to all those bisexual transsexual poly sexual fluid, queer people, all of those who don't fit neatly into the boxes of straight or gay and lesbian. [00:43:56] Did you know that the first pride match was actually started and organized by big bisexual women and New York to commemorate the Stonewall Riots a year later. I'd like to hear the stories of bisexual people who are here supporting homosexual law reform. And you see, I don't know of anybody to acknowledge because those [00:44:14] those stories aren't being told. [00:44:18] By sexual people, all those attracted to more than one gender have been here from the beginning and yet we still have to fight to be acknowledged. 46 years ago since that first pride March and 30 years on from homosexual law reform in New Zealand. [00:44:30] bisexual people are some of the most at risk and vulnerable people in our communities across the gender spectrum. Many facing high rates of discrimination, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, an intimate partner and sexual violence. bisexual people are too often erased and forgotten when we talk about our rainbow communities. By phobias perpetrate perpetrators from people within our communities, this can look like denying by people access to spaces, questioning their identities and validating their sexuality and continuing to create negative stereotypes. I think 2016 is the time to come into that and to make sure those of us in the middle of the sexuality continuum are included. When you talk about homophobia and transphobia we need to be talking about by phobia too, and it is a specific and different kind of discrimination. [00:45:17] I wanted to thank the Wellington bisexual women's group because we know that Wellington pride is actually doing a great job of having five visibility thanks to that group there's a by friendly picnic picnic happening next Sunday is by films research and workshops being presented in the ogre Oceana Yeah, human rights conference. It makes such a difference to feel seen have these to be included but it needs to be an input coming from that entire rainbow community not those of us from this identity constantly trying to push away and and I think this really extends to other marginalized groups to to a sexual a romantic intersects territory or gender queer people feel included respect and part of pride part of our communities. I don't know. [00:45:58] There's no pride for some of them without liberation for all of us, said Marsha P. Johnson, one of the activists who took part in the Stonewall riots. I think her words are still true to this day. It's important to come together and celebrate our successes. As long as we're not forgetting the struggles, many of that rainbow communities are still facing and fighting. As long as we don't leave them behind. I look forward to seeing where we are in five years time and other cities time and hope that we can say our community really did that together across generations, raising up their most vulnerable and fighting for their struggles too. [00:46:33] I would now like to invite money Bruce Mitchell to speak money is the founder and executive director of I 10s into six stressed out shadow and easy and I want a few international activists in the world. money has been an interim critical treasure to our community and it's particularly gone out of their way to support our organization. So please welcome money. [00:47:09] I know it's been a marathon like tonight so we're getting towards the end. [00:47:16] privilege to have my fellow Olga [00:47:21] supporter, board member was me and I'll introduce you to our shortly to fellow human beings. It's indeed a great privilege and an honor to be with you all tonight. This country kid from the can country, a small remote sheep and cattle and a valley called curry care. Yes, my name is Manny Bruce Mitchell. Yes, I'm an intersex person. And I'm feeling the responsibility for holding this makki tonight. I've been since my late teens, a queer identified person came out as a young teacher, as a leader BN and falling away more than 40 years ago. I was at the time teaching up the river at Rana would travel down the river road to the dean secret group meetings and following it Terry and George's place. I've been racking my brains. How did I even find the group? No Google, no internet, and homosexuality at it was no name was a criminal activity. What I do remember is how wonderful and how important it was to find that group. I felt like I'd found family. I remember the warm welcome I got there. I also remember going to functions and Palmerston North, the cast splitting up driving around the block, checking to make sure we were not being tailed fear, the pragmatism and the plain old fashion gets that those meetings, support and social functions involved in those days. I also remember and it's been referred to tonight The bigotry and hate that surfaced and was given visible voice during the time leading up to the passing of the homosexual Laurin format. It was wonderful and slightly astonishing that tonight we are gathered here and the beehive to map this historic event [00:49:31] to have an opportunity to reflect to remember all the people that were involved in the process of decriminalization. So my own story 20 years ago 1996 I traveled to America to attend the World Festival retreat for intersex people, nine Americans and myself representing the world. At that point I changed my name to money was identifying as and speaking about being a non binary, queer identified and a six person. It was this retreat that people organized that gave birth to the modern intersex movement. Before I go further an explanation what is under six. And the ZX is an umbrella term describing the people with foreign with variations of internal and external six anatomy, resulting in bodies that can't be classified as the typical male or female, we're usually taught that sex is merely black and white, male or female. That's simply not true. There are a lot of awesome gray areas in the middle that could make someone and to six prevalence, one and 2000 life booths or to create a visual image, the same number of people who are naturally born redheads. As an aside, I had brown here and my three siblings and my mom overhead read here. For the last 60 years, people who are born and identify them to six have been treated under a pathologies, a medical model that sees the world and very black and white, no gray ways. model that is see now six and our bodies normalize the surgery and all the use of hormones. For many of us, this model has been profoundly traumatizing. Our efforts to significantly change this medical model of left stabbing feature this despite a constancy of narrative and to six people right across the world of the damage and harm. This model does to us humans to our families, the International intersex movement and a major stick change in May 2013. When the world's first international intersex organizing for took place and Brussels started was brought together 24 activists representing 17 and two six organizations from all continents. The event was organized and funded by Olga, the International gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex organization. The forum a grade on the demands aiming to end discrimination against and six people and to assure the right of bodily integrity and self discrimination and self determination to put money into the new to lighting and normalizing practices such as general surgery. These international gatherings have continued with the last and largest and motor in 2013. And I want to take a moment to acknowledge that that shift change moment that Olga created one and recognizing into six adding it to the alphabet soup, but more and its determination to not speak on behalf of intersex people. Rather its commitment and strategy that determine that intersex people needed to speak for themselves more that the voice needed to be globally represented the we have tonight the executive director of elder Renato. [00:53:32] Renato is here to attend the first elder elder Oceania conference which will open at five o'clock on Wednesday evening. Bernardo, it seems very right that you're here to witness and be part of this historic human rights event this evening. A wonderful conference will be held at the Otago medical school. Yes, the irony is not lost on me. Please go to the website and get more details of the conference. We're not sold out yet. There is an opportunity for late registrations. I want to also thank you our my fellow auger Oceania board member, it was Robin who had left med idea to bring our conference to Wellington after the original proposal for Auckland hit an impossible roadblock. We had only eight months to organize the conference out of nothing, no funding, no structure effect we have done so as solely due to the extraordinary efforts of the local LGBT community. And that's allies. And I thank you so much. Finally tonight as an honoring a celebration, but I want to make a plea that we use this event to launch a renewed vigor and a termination to change the things that are not working right now community. I am a mental health professional. If you look at the stats, even the most privileged members of our community do not reach health equivalency with this is suspended heterosexual counterparts. Reason discrimination, hate prejudice, homo transphobia minority stress does damage go out into the imagines and do the least visible the least recognize supported mental members of our community. And the stats are horrifying. And now suppose Yes, there is improvement. But we still have systemic rates of bullying and lack of support. Very few of our nation schools are safe places for our community, our youth suicide statistics, a one brutal indicator. Our prisons and New Zealand have new being safe places for our community that has to change. We have significant access issues to safe respectful health care and so many areas. We still operate on tiny into six infants. There is still inadequate LPJTI training, diversity awareness, basic information and many other major government institutions. In fact, in some areas in recent years, I would suggest we've gone backwards. Yes, the thing games, but they are not enough. We can we must not stop. the LGBT community as a whole represents 12% of the population. We have nowhere near access to 12% of the nation's resources. The reform must go on why we have people dying members of our community with no sense they belong, access to safe health, healthy housing, work, a sense of trust, a feeling safe, free from violence, feeling good, valued, respected, or have any hope for a dignified peaceful life and Associates a future we have failed. It's not time to go home yet. There's lots to be angry about disappointed and frustrated. There is work to do lots of work today. Thank you. [00:57:40] So I will be very quick. Um, firstly, this is an important occasion is 30 years and 30 years since the homosexual law reform and I just really want to say thank you to everybody that's been involved in the community. I wanted to acknowledge the fact that we were gifted a fire. We really looking at this conference to be able to reignite the fires and the passions and take the issues forward. So my challenges to the politicians is please listen to what people are saying tonight. And the future politicians in the room because I sure there's plenty of you here. Listen to the stories. Come to the conference, join in the discussion. And please be change agents for our community. [00:58:31] You know what, we've got some fabulous two more speakers. Can we do two more speakers? Can we do this? These people are the people you need to know they've got all the money in the world. They're the ones that have stepped out graciously and supported Wellington Pride Week. They've supported the the feast of all the parade, our little swag as well. As I say in French, as usual, tease easy to do something sorry for we can't do it without money. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the lady that speaking on behalf of NZ. We are seeing my loves. She's gone home she's gone out to have a cigarette. Not here's a chance. Big round [00:59:20] of applause [00:59:25] This is Antonia Watson she is actually my stunt double in the next scene of what to worry a movie. As you can see we both blonde with both sides. Kim thank you Andrea. [00:59:40] Actually so but unfortunately, Jana kata kata mommy EK 10 a poor fighter hater hater cuna taco. For those who don't who don't know me, I'm Antonia Watson Chief Financial Officer. [00:59:56] And I'm executive sponsor veins. It's pride network. very humbled and honored to be here as we celebrate an effect on this milestone. And I'd really like to acknowledge all the incredible people who have shared stories tonight. The courage, spirit and determination that you've shown as an inspiration to us all. I'd also like to acknowledge our hosts the rainbow parliamentary network, team out Wellington and coach here and physical director Adrian gurgling and coaches [01:00:24] Karen. [01:00:29] And of course, Fran world and all like her her court for fundamental human rights. [01:00:39] One of the reasons I was lucky enough to be invited here tonight is that we paid for the drinks. [01:00:49] Unfortunately, they've been picked up but never mind but seriously as it's been a long standing in support of the pride community in Wellington. And once again, we're very pleased to be sponsoring out in the park. We're also thrilled to bring back our fabulous gay teams. For every non ANZ customer that uses the card and again EM we donate $1 to outline a nonprofit counselling service for people dealing with gender and sexuality issues. Last year, we were able to donate more than $6,000, which I think is great, and a country where people will will come on to avoid other bank ATM fees like my husband. But I'd like to write a much bigger check this year. So please encourage your friends and family to use games were possible. And while our games are a public statement and supportive pride, a huge part of our campaign is actually about our staff and encouraging an environment where people feel comfortable being themselves at work. [01:01:47] I'd like to make a very special shout out to our very own Lucretia St. Redfern who I can't see. [01:01:57] looking fabulous. [01:02:01] Please [01:02:05] it's a measure of how far we've come when I think about MCs pride activities today thinking back for two years who would have imagined that the biggest thing in the country typically stuffy and conservative organization only have so many staff and the family's matching in the Pride Parade or that they were turned a teams into gay gay teams or AMZ and and today NZ it will become a major sponsor of the famous suddenly Mardi Gras. And who would have imagined that gaining rainbow accreditation is now an essential part of HR performance measures. Some people didn't imagine this, these things happen now because of those people many of whom are here in this room who bet who bravely push for change and continue to do so today. So on behalf of NZ I want to offer our congratulations on your achievements. It's truly an honor and a privilege to be invited here tonight. And we look forward to working together with the pipe community for many more years to come. Nora Tana Koto Koto your territory pattern how delicious [01:03:15] was she? Did you think she was actually me? [01:03:19] You did didn't know you know another one we should all be proud of. I stood very tall and screamed loudly and a little flea voice that only fleas could hear. Because I'm an ad. I would like to present you now found me of Wellington. She is not the just so he all know just in case y'all don't know. The me and Richard rainbow kind of flag put on the near Rick TI rainbow colored flag. [01:03:57] She did [01:03:58] in honor of pride big ladies, gentlemen. Outstanding. Senior way Brown, [01:04:03] outstanding place. Outstanding, young man. [01:04:06] So there you go. [01:04:13] Now me here today Paul, parliamentary house, former mayor and MP. I put it the other way around. Fran is great to be part of something that was started so long ago and it's sort of just made such a difference in this city in this country. I'd also like to acknowledge Georgina has had to go but the fact that she was both Amir the first trans mare and MP, she was also the truth. So Kiwi is an international activists. Thank you for inviting me to be here. And let's thank the ratepayers for supporting in the part of the week long pride festival, and these activities. And thanks to my lovely staff. This can sound bad wasn't a personal direction, okay. [01:05:16] Hold up the flag on the town hall. [01:05:29] And it is a pretty welcoming city, but it's still not great. I'm just reminded because we do try to have, you know if your agenda lose, and I remember there was quite a fury about, oh my goodness, we're not going to have dark and dangerous car doors. And anyone can go in without trying to be a sort of binary decider about where they're going to go to the lowest. And even now, there is a weird place in Wellington, where the manager is fairly a forward thinking sit for these are everybody's lives. But people are going out I'm stuck. This is a this is a female low. Because they weren't comfortable with that kind of inclusion in a book on my thought was a reasonably progressive workplace. So you know, I make it my point to go to the tiny side. [01:06:25] Another little gender issue, but it's all symbolic. [01:06:30] What around the was Don't believe everything you read, but what around the was about the traffic lights. Now, I'm sorry, but directions MTA, I do not regard a tester of testosterone enhanced, very broad shouldered male stick figure as necessarily the only representative of human shape [01:06:57] to it to actually get Hey, shut up with one thing, but we're now going to come not [01:07:10] sadly, the first design had a snake. And while instead ta may move a little about the human figure, they said no animals. So we've got to do a little bit of a redesign there. But those are the sorts of things that make it actually fun to do the right thing as well. And we have to have some fun. And that's one of the reasons that I just love the fact that Adam The park has expanded to the whole week. And we're going to have a lot, it's going to be a lot of fun, a lot of dancing, a lot of singing, and a lot of sequins. But there's some fairly serious things happening in this week as well. And there's a lot of struggles to overcome. One of the things is, as Manny mentioned, in particular, it's really sort of is to this country to condemn female genital mutilation. But there needs to be the same outcry about forced medical, medical normalization as well. We are all different we are who we are. And we should be able to make those choices when we're ready. And just to say, rather than money, also awesome job with I RGA. We need to use our leadership internationally. It's wonderful that there's been 30 years of homosexual Law Reform here. But there's still more than 70 countries internationally where they were it's still illegal to be gay. And that's not good enough. And if we are the lead with the capital of this wonderful free society, and it's not that, you know, there's still a lot to do. We need to light that fire. Thank you, Toby. We need to light that fire internationally. We're not world's top doesn't livable city, because we got nice views and a reasonable economy. We are one of the world's top livable cities, because we are diverse. And because we love being diverse. And because we gain to recognize a welcome that diversity. So be loud, be proud. And I declare the pride festival officially. [01:09:36] Do you know what I don't know about you all but I'm clapping again. I'm going to have to sing it and take myself to challenge and get the finished product. huge round of applause for our gracious gracious man. [01:10:00] The reason why I'm doing that is because I'm trying to wake you all up. Now I'm going to introduce you to my husband, he doesn't know if he if we haven't concluded as each Give me five minutes in the Blackley it has looking like Beyonce, ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Robertson. [01:10:20] If I mean any later home tonight, I'll be divorced by off anyway. So you might be on Amanda. I am the last person to speak before I'm Adrian and Karen that she is of, of Wellington. And you've all been here a very, very long time tonight. And I thank you for your fortitude. And being here, I just want to say three things. The first of those is that we do stand on the shoulders of giants. And we've seen that tonight. And I as a person who was 14 years old, when homosexual Law Reform went through the New Zealand parliament, I was a terribly geeky young boy and donate and I cut out from the newspaper voted for and who voted against the homosexual law reform bill. And I've still got that piece of paper today. But for those who did support it to frame to try to build to the whole team of people. And now their heartfelt thank you on behalf of all of us tonight. So thank you for for what you've done. Secondly, to take up the challenge of new generations, I want to take out the point that was made very articulately, particularly by Bella that we are talking about communities and people in our communities who still need a help. And the challenge that is the for all of us is to take what we've learned from the past, and offer that up. And I really take your point about being the person who always has to speak. We all have to share the fact that why we've made enormous progress in 30 years, there are still challenges to be me still people to be supported. And as a community, we owe it to one another to be the for the next generations. And so I want to make my commitment and hope on behalf of others who've come before as well. And then finally, just to say that it is a great pleasure to be in a city like Wellington, where we do celebrate all our different communities, all the different people who are part of the out out Wellington has done a terrific job and pulling this together. It is a fantastic week, please be a part of it. And please be a part of a city where we put above else all other things are kindness to each other. I like to make that the thing that we do is a city that we are kind to one another to support each other and be proud of who we are as a city go to data. [01:12:42] Now ladies and gentlemen, because ECD kind I hope you're going to be kinda [01:12:48] just letting him know. Ladies and gentlemen, we have been privileged, we have created a historic moment tonight being part of the 30th anniversary for the remembrance of the homosexual Law Reform Act. I'd like to take this opportunity before I pass it on to the committee to thank my co hosts cohorts as a cohort co hosts, the CO girls because girls, Adrian and Marcella for putting this event together for doing the most amazing triple somersault backwards and calling themselves Nadia Comaneci while eating peanut butter and doing the nails. huge round of applause for those who ladies please. I'd like to stay and take this opportunity to thank everyone that walked before me so that I can be me. I'd like to thank Bella and our youth for showing me that I can be an even busy person, because they already are. I'd like to thank you all for your patience and your diligence, your honesty in terms of coming here to show that you care. As grand sees lit Wellington City be a city of care. And as our gorgeous Mia has represented publicly. She's here to support us. Let's be who we are meant to be ladies and gentlemen. We don't need Oprah Winfrey a Maya Angelou. We got onto here Elizabeth, she'll tell us what to do cut a cure Dakota Montana, shoulder shoulder. Ladies and gentlemen, I now hand it to the people that are going to make this week fabulous. To the outs committee to the out in the park committee to Wellington committee. Let's just meet the committee Shelley. Ladies and gentlemen, the outstanding crowd commission. [01:14:52] I just I just want to say that I am completely overwhelmed right now. [01:14:59] This has been a few months in the making this evening. And I am so happy that you stick the stick around until the end. I know we went over time. But the idea for tonight was first to launch the Wellington pride festival to fuck at a functionary Tara [01:15:23] which [01:15:25] I think Marisela. Right Wade brown for officially launching just a moment ago. But this year, we really took on sort of the the weight of this year. Karen and I are the CO chairs about Wellington. anchorage put on out in the park and this year decided to put on this festival, and also the Wellington Pride Parade for the second year. And this is the wonderful members of the Wellington board this year, we have so many volunteers. And Tim here who isn't officially a net Wellington member has put together the entire program for the festival. So he really needs to be acknowledged. [01:16:16] And [01:16:18] but on top of just saying, hey, let's have a festival. Let's open up. We just thought this year marks the 30th anniversary since the homosexual law reform was passed. It's also the 30th anniversary since the first gay and lesbian fair that does Smith first organized to lobby against the law or to lobby for the law reform. And we just took the responsibility to really honor that. And we really wanted to have a forum where we reflected on and remembered what happened 30 years ago and prior. But also, let's not forgot that there are still many issues facing our community today. And so we just really wanted to have a diverse representation of speakers. And I didn't think that any of them needed to be silenced or shortened. So I'm thankful that you've all stuck around to this point, because we all needed to hear everything that they had to say. And they all brought different perspectives. And they are, you know, just many things that we need to do. But we also need to celebrate, we need to celebrate how far we've come. We have a nine day festival coming up, starting now starting today with nine days of really diverse, really, really weird variety of events. Because, yeah, [01:17:48] when you told me about a 90 day just told myself, [01:17:51] yes. Can you have anything to do with this sitting on it. [01:18:03] So we've got a lot of events going on in this nine days. And the two other really major events that we're organizing as a committee are the Wellington Pride Parade. And out in the park, which is the 30th anniversary right in the park next Saturday. And Karen has really been I've been the one doing all sorts of stuff for this opening ceremony. And I've been, you know, talking to the media and that sort of thing. But Karen has really been doing [01:18:28] in and toilets. [01:18:31] Exactly. So I'll let her talk to you a little bit about the parade and the fair. [01:18:35] Thank you. Um, yeah, I'm not sure I can add much to what Adrian has said, really. But we're really looking forward. Obviously, we've got the nine days of lots of events over the festival week. But really the out of the park fair is still very much the flagship event that was started 30 years ago. And we hope that we're still doing it justice now. So this year, it will be in white tiny part, we aren't going to be rained off. And we have also got the perfect which we really, really want to see lots of you in this year. So this will be the first time for a number of years that we've had such a large parade. So we're really looking forward to seeing you there next, next Saturday. We've got a whole day of entertainment, seven hours of full entertainment, loads of stalls and just loads of general fun going on for the whole day. And really I just want to thank all of these guys again, who've worked so hard all year on getting the fair and the festival up and running for this week. so thankful. [01:19:34] And that's actually the last thing we're gonna say except Let's all go to s&m and have a party and start this this festival. Please join us

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