Jan Logie - Out in the Park (2018)

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride in zero.com. [00:00:05] So we're at out in the park just standing by the Wellington library store of queer books and queer literary icon. And we are celebrating the fabulous diversity in Wellington. [00:00:19] It's very diverse today isn't yet [00:00:21] gorgeous. I'm just loving it. So we've got beers and goods and quiz and trousers and these beings and bisexuals and targets halfway cup, a hacker groups. We've got everyone and it's looking gorgeous. [00:00:41] Things have changed since the last time we talked. And you are now in government? [00:00:45] Yes, I've got a new role as parliamentary Undersecretary [00:00:51] to the Minister of Justice with a focus on ending domestic and sexual violence. [00:00:56] Yeah. Which is really exciting. So [00:01:00] part of the executive and this, you know, progressive new government. [00:01:04] What does this new government mean for rainbow LGBT communities? [00:01:09] Well, I guess some of the signals that we've had so far a prime minister matching and the Auckland Pride Parade for the first time ever. We've had the Minister for statistics green in minister James Sure, clearly communicating to LGBT q plus communities that he wants statistics New Zealand to prioritize our inclusion and surveys to make sure that we build up an [00:01:43] evidence base for our policy needs. And you know, [00:01:50] there's been a few other things happening, which I think [00:01:54] show a positive signs that we can make some real progress. [00:01:58] Can you, commissioners, [00:02:01] and so well, I guess at the moment in the select committee, as well, we've got the business and marriages bill, where there's the opportunity to change the process of changing your gender or six mark on your birth certificate. And my hope is that the select committee report that unanimously recommended that that be process be based on self identification, rather than put in the hands of the court to decide some of these sex or gender. And I'm hopeful that we're going to get that through, and which is pretty exciting. And this, there's a lot of [00:02:39] murmurings [00:02:40] happening. And though nothing conclusive, yet around [00:02:47] possible positive initiatives in terms of accessible healthcare, yeah. And also around the Education Review offers going into schools and doing the audit for safety. [00:03:01] So [00:03:04] there's a lot to be hopeful, I think, [00:03:08] and how have you found the transition going from opposition to to government? [00:03:12] It's really exciting. I don't mean, to be really honest, it's to take him but it's taken a while [00:03:17] to get my head around the fact that I don't have to, you know, go out to the community and create this big lobby that I can just go and talk to somebody and say, how about we do this [00:03:29] is quite a, quite a significant change. And there's a lot of a lot of work that has to happen behind the scenes to be able to turn the ship around, giving the kind of results [00:03:41] that we need, but, but it's exciting. [00:03:45] I think it was you that mentioned earlier on in the day about remembering people like Donna [00:03:51] Shelley, Shelley, and they, you know, amazing leaders who were really active and contributed so much in our community as our and you know, they've been younger than me, but, um, and the, you know, that the loss of them is really felt. Yeah. And, and then, you know, the people who I know, who pass who were leaders, but I'm also aware of, you know, some of the young ones who I didn't know, whose names were known as many of us, but we're really dear to their friends who, you know, may have passed far too early. And yeah, so like it says, it is that thing of coming and celebrating and the pride and also acknowledging that there is for many people that underlying grief, [00:04:42] the same time and [00:04:44] so on a personal note, what does being here today mean to you? [00:04:47] I just [00:04:49] said like, if I'm really honest, just relax, and soak up and feel like, you know, this is kind of it really is [00:04:57] just this [00:04:58] scene. So kind of family ladies. I know it's a cliche to say, but it really does feel like that. To me. It's just like, all these people I love and I never get to see. And we're all in one place. Yes. Like my girlfriend sitting beside me. I never get to see. [00:05:13] And just like, how wonderful is that? Yeah.

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