Rainbow Pride Community Honours (2015) - Part 3

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride nz.com [00:00:08] Joey King here tonight, [00:00:11] Joey making [00:00:12] way to the stage No. [00:00:15] I'm going to acknowledge joy King, [00:00:19] who has been put forward by IE from the trans body record recommendation project, a [00:00:28] peer support group for trans people. And [00:00:33] I really wanted joy to be recognized for the work that Joy's been doing. Not only with transphobic in the communities, [00:00:43] bringing people through Queen Queen, [00:00:48] the work, the work that's being done with young people in the communities. And also joys is a project with schools around around breakfast for young people in schools. The young people in our communities are fantastic. They work they work across [00:01:10] LBGTFIQ [00:01:17] I never go there is a new name will beg for [00:01:22] not sure where the Kobe. [00:01:25] And joy is one of those people who works within our communities, and also with other communities and bring us out and makes us visible within other communities, too. I think there's a whole lot of us here tonight. And so, for joy for all of us. Can we have a round of applause? [00:01:53] I'd like to invite one of my favorite people here tonight. You're all my favorite people. [00:02:00] George Michael big. Can you come up please? [00:02:06] Speaking on behalf of queer trans Fight Club, they invited me to be part of it. But [00:02:17] a closure with four minutes stopping Max is [00:02:23] thanks it. [00:02:28] I just want to sort of fleet. This woman guys run here before and they were taught me how sometimes you not that much of a sporty guy. And sometimes, like if you're queer, or trans sports can be challenging. And I think it's kind of a little bit as well. For those of you who don't know, it's kind of like a DIY Wellington based Fight Club, sort of self defense, really, in martial arts skirt. And we're not your pilot, student fight clubs are not as data at each other. So there is a bit of it. But it's kind of a more of a fun, friendly place to share skills and learn new techniques. So we do everything from Pro Wrestling, to kung fu to boxing to Brazilian jujitsu to Yeah, we'll get we'll give it a go. You [00:03:22] do that and you [00:03:27] ask? [00:03:30] Why talis. So, [00:03:46] so kindly ran a workshop for us on [00:03:52] the new town Community Center, which was really awesome for you to volunteer your time. But we had really positive feedback back from decision. And I opened up a dialogue to talk about the stuff that makes us feel afraid or attempt and what to practically do in those situations as well as how it makes us feel in those situations. And I should mention that Sue is decodes with some similar work in self defense. Basically, there's like a whole new [00:04:42] I don't know. [00:04:45] Anyway, basically your fearlessness and your confidence, [00:04:49] despite you [00:04:52] were basically an inspiration and thank you so much from [00:05:10] don't say something to follow. [00:05:20] What amazing night this is. I can barely see anyone from here. So I don't know how you do it. You too. But [00:05:28] when I was asked to do this particular workshop, and I've done a few interesting ones in my life, I did some anarchists in London, where I had to go through the whole thing grab your piercings is what you do. [00:05:44] right through to sex workers and punks and you know from the 30 odd years that sales team [00:05:52] and they know my wonderful student, the key who I honor you enjoy Julie [00:06:02] asked me to do this fight [00:06:04] club. [00:06:06] I like the idea of the hot Fight Club thing I think we need to die club. [00:06:10] Anyway and then I thought you know, again was a really weird day for me. I'm not sure why but I showed up was a bit of a weird spaces. Suddenly, there was like, amazing people and energy around me. It was like I'm saying shit, my binary around my other texts female had to be challenged. And it was around all the different ways that the alphabet community I really liked it to this challenge and heard and verbally and physically in psychologically crushed, tries to be crushed, and how we can crush that. So within a moment, it was like Wow, this is great. Because it was this beautiful energy of these different people are me and so I just I had a great time. And I think the group done and let's do another one. So thank you very much. And today is a special day for me not only for this, but it's the one month anniversary of either in headliners. One year wedding anniversary, thank you. Six weeks me and my wife doesn't really thing. So you know, it's just really special. Everything about tonight is special in thanks for nominating me and we'll keep on fighting. [00:07:45] When, when out in the park, we're talking about having this event tonight. And I was sent forth to find the people that I needed to speak to get it going. The first person I spoke to was fitting and think. And the next person I spoke to was Kevin holy. And Kieran has been the person at the end of my Facebook messages, where I've gone Kevin show do things in this order. And in he's just come back really promptly and giving great advice in just being so helpful and pulling together tonight. So really grateful to him. Well, he is invited to the stage now on behalf of lesbian and gay archives like [00:08:32] to present for the two combinations. [00:08:51] Craig Craig, [00:08:53] Craig, Craig, though, cuz you play tennis? Yeah. Okay. My name [00:09:03] is Kevin, I lose my name. I'm the chair of the ESPN again archives of New Zealand to put it on top of your material trust. And we're honored to be a part of this occasion, alongside all the other community, community groups that have spoken tonight, and those that will follow. Before I talk about the nominations, just a little bit about play games, it started off as an initiative, very similar to the way that this night has started, in terms of, you know, a group of people who were together in 1977, that developed a research library, and there was a National Gay Rights Coalition in 1977. And they, they created the lesbian and gay rights resource season. And that was placed into the key of the trust and 1984. And last summer tech 1996, highlighted the need for secure accommodation, because people always go into a tech now stories. [00:10:09] So [00:10:10] logins [00:10:14] came out of it, that trust and hope to secure, safe and secure combination through the Alexandra temple library and the National Library. So that's a little bit of a background and against the reason why we have play games, it was formed as a result of lesbian and gay communities and New Zealand, who wanted an archive repository for personal papers of lesbian and gay individuals, and also for organizational papers of lesbian and gay groups. Wanted to actively collect records, and facilitate the access to the same records in order to learning about ourselves as a community, on the subjects of sexual orientation, behavior, and identity. And then 2015, you know, that Copa, or purpose of logins includes all the alphabet communities that we have here in New Zealand. So, again, I'd like to, to just stress how things like tonight, start from the initiatives of people like yourselves here. The nominations that we have tonight, people who lay gains on us because of the act of advocacy, and working and hollowing into our communities, you know, the importance of having a place to preserve our memories, and also a place where these can be accessed and used by our communities, and New Zealanders so that we can improve the world we live in the first person that I'm going to nominate, as Ellis Lord. [00:12:18] Now, I'm just going to say a few things from the CV of Allison. And that should really highlight the tremendous amount of work that she has done and still does. For our community. She's been Chair of the lesbian and gay archives of Zealand lay gains from 2005 to 2011. She's been Chair of the Armstrong and athletes be and Community Trust, for over 13 years from 2001 to 2013. She's been a member of the National Advisory Group on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender policy and the Ministry of Social Development. Wellington 2005 today, tonight, she's been a founder, and the coordinator with others of the lesbian community radio program, Wellington aces radio from 1984 to 2001. She's been part of the National Gay Task Force in 1984, to 1986, the homosexual Law Reform campaign, so she's an activist and human rights, and been an activist in the civil union campaign. She's been a founder with others of the sisters for high morale equality, she, you Zealand, New Zealand space, lesbian organization, and 1973. And she was a founder with others of the circle magazine, New Zealand, New Zealand space, Lee's been magazine in 1973. And the other thing, which is really important as she started the first lesbian and gay studies, courses in Australasia, and 1991. Players excited that Allison Laura, your nominee for Megan's for community on [00:14:17] a microphone, [00:14:18] I get a microphone, [00:14:23] purified OQ to take a topic. [00:14:27] I'm very honored to receive this acknowledgment, it's been a privilege to [00:14:33] work [00:14:34] to improve circumstances for our communities, in many ways, gave our life meaning. And it was important for me to make a difference. And to see change when I came out and the city in 1957, when I was 16. Because I'm just gonna I'm gonna be 74 next birthday. [00:15:00] Tell you what, it was a very different place. It was not good. [00:15:06] But we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. And there are people who went before me and their task was hard. [00:15:16] And many of them did not live live to see the reforms they fought for. [00:15:23] And their names are not known to most of you. But their names are recorded in the archives of logins. And that's why organizations like like ends were important, because it is important that we know our history, because we don't know our history. You know, that's a truism, then you, you're doomed to repeat it. But too often that has been the case that that our communities have established a decent way of living, and that's been smashed and destroyed, and forgotten. And then we've had to reinvent the wheel. But there is hope. And when I look at the young people now, and I think about how when I was 20 in the city. A group of assassins said, people are being born right now. And those babies being born now they're not gonna have to go through what we've been through. Well, that's true generations ago. And I think a lot of things have changed, including the fact that we can be here tonight, and we can have a parade on Saturday and all those kinds of things. I'm sorry, that some of the people whose names we should be remembering, and I hope that if these words continue, and I do want to thank jack and the others who put these words together, because I think it is a wonderful idea. [00:16:46] I hope we will remember some of those names. You know, I would like to for example, [00:16:55] say that jack Goodman who fought tirelessly Fiverr sexual or form but never Lyft to see it happen. Barry Neil's and Paul McGill Barry wasn't especially afraid of these fans. But we were invited always twist parties and they were they were the founders of gay liberation in this city. And I would especially like to acknowledge Dinah sands, because Diana negotiated with Carmen to to get the premises for the first SVN Club club 41 that Pauline was one of the founders of Diana was a good close friend of carbon and communist somebody else who's whose contribution to Wellington cannot be sufficiently acknowledged Carmen with Carmen's coffee bar, and the balcony, always making everybody welcome Liam's friends gaming. [00:18:01] And I understand who, who had parties who did everything, and who really, really thought there should be a club or negotiated with, with Carmen that we could have those premises. And also, my dear cousin, like myself, Tom, ej waters, who had wonderful parties here. So many people coming from the country to Wellington, holding parties believing always that things could be better somehow, even if we were in the closet then. And even if everything was against us, somehow, it could be better, and it has become better. But you know, the motto of boys school Well, it needs to take the light and pass it on. We stand on the shoulders, I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me. And there was a future generation who will stand on our shoulders. And we must fight to keep these reforms and this society distribute we have established now, which I think is wonderful. And I think the young people have such a marvelous future. But vigilance, we must be aware. And we must be certain that we keep these reforms Do not let it slip away. [00:19:29] Queer. Ellison. Second nomination is a person who is a documentary maker, no historian, writer and photographer. You know, he's been over 20 years and audio related industries, producing numerous award winning radio documentaries, including portraits of composer, Douglas Laverne and Cameron loopy, along with documentaries on homosexual law reform. And I this things such as the queen of the whole universe of the queer beauty pageant, he has undertaken mine by related our history projects, including recording the life of histories of people born post law reform, documenting the beginnings of the AIDS support network, now the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, and recording history of the AIDS Memorial project. Zealand. I'm talking about Gareth Watkins, [00:20:40] an organization called pride new zealand.com. And the aims to document rainbow lives in New Zealand, through audio interviews and event recordings, to make those recordings easily accessible to the public. And to help preserve rainbow heritage by making the collections available to archives and the future gainsaid no trouble at all, and nominating and honoring Gareth Watkins for community on [00:21:19] somebody who's six foot four. I'm quite shy. So bear with me. I had three thoughts. One, I had to, I had five thoughts. First of all, thank you for having this event. This is really fantastic. And also the, the the pride in the festival on Saturday. And thank you logins forum for the nomination. So it's really humbling and especially to be here with, with Allison. Um, the other three thoughts I had were one was that, [00:21:48] for me, [00:21:49] I get a lot of my identity from listening to the recordings that pride NZ does. I find that listening to other people's stories and trying to work out where I fit in. And just trying to get understanding is really important. Often, it's the quiet voices that have the most profound things to say. And often, in large situations, you don't actually hear those quiet voices. So I think it's, it's really nice to be able to hear, and particularly on a on a website, or in the archive these voices because sometimes they get lost. The second thing was, I often think, what would voices what would rainbow voices of sound like 100 years ago? You know, what would they have received? What language would they have used? How would they have described their daily lives into think that in 100 years time, people are actually going to have the opportunity of hearing rainbow voices. They're gonna be able to hear this event tonight, because it will go into logins into three organizations that like logins that allow our voices to travel across across time. So yeah, big ups to logins and hopefully, thrives. And the third thing I thought of was, was a documentary a couple of years ago about HIV AIDS and San Francisco, called we were here. And that title really just stuck in my head, because I think it sums up a lot of what I do in terms of putting markers and signposts and querying archives, not only logins, but also places like to pop up making sure that the rainbow voice is actually present in those archives. And I think that's a real challenge for all of us to to make sure that our voices are actually in these institutional institutions. So that somebody in 100 years time can look back and say that we actually were here and that we are here. So thank you. [00:23:57] Wonderful [00:24:00] killing for babies. If you have a standing up, just stand up, stand up in general and it's really quite difficult to [00:24:08] stand up. [00:24:11] Yeah, just stand up and stretch. That's it. Okay. [00:24:18] Speaking of rainbow voices, can I ask Mac beer from the glamour phones to the stage please. [00:24:33] Many of you here will have heard the glamour phones performant. Some of you part of the choir or have been a part of its previous incarnation, the Homer phones. The crime again in 2007. And grew out of my experience with Alton's gay and lesbian choir, which I've been part of 14 years or so before I came to Wellington. And it was such a fantastic experience that when I got here, I decided to try and get a men's voice a Gay Men's Choir together. And that began in our lounge room in 2007. The pride grew we had our first public performance in 2008, saying and well in Auckland as part of an Australasia choral festival in 2010. In 2011, we hosted the singer out choral festival and workshop here as part of the the Outgames and and it was at that point that we decided to become a mixed voice choir. We welcome the women to join us and we became the glamour phones. The claws really gone from strength to strength. We've now got some 50 members or group of the choir went to Dublin last year to sing as part of the [00:26:00] various voices choral festival. We've had [00:26:05] concerts in Wellington and park aka Ricky, we've sung at events like the AIDS memorial concert we've been part of out in the square, we've sung at the outtakes Film Festival. So the claws established as part of our Willington queer community. From the outset, our conductor gene Malcolm has been played a key part of leading the choir of being the person who was at the front of our musical direction. She's an old friend of mine that I've known for many years and sadly, she's not able to be here tonight to receive the award that we nominated her for. But genes commitment over seven years to leaving the choir to growing with the group, growing from that started as a very small group to something that was a very large group and much very different from what she initially set out to lead. Dealing with the changes in the choirs, constitution with grace and and, and always seeing herself as a servant of the choir rather than putting herself forward as someone a personality she saw herself as the servant of the choir. She bought into our vision of in, in passivity, openness and participation. musicianship is really of a very high standard. And even so she was able to welcome all comers to the choir, which was part of our, our ethos. So Jean stood down at the end of last year, and we farewell to with sadness, and also was great gratitude for the seven years that she put into leading the choir. So stina Malcolm that we're honoring tonight. [00:28:17] Please do not forget this is such as been reminded that by that, hey, my status is still at the door for $10. By the $10 is a fabulous book, there's only a few of them. And I think one of them will go to the dance on that. But for a moment, unless you looking straight at you should be looking at [00:28:42] Sundance you This place is only $10 for the booklet [00:28:51] $10. [00:28:54] And if you notice the logo here, that's by someone in the room called Ray [00:28:58] young. [00:29:08] I'd like to invite Allison, Lori and Taylor up for one of our favorite groups to find a partner. [00:29:27] Then I'll go to when we were looking at a group like the front of it is a very intrusive group and the people who are there we come to enjoy ourselves, we come to actually share knowledge, we come to share, if you like what we call Mara, Montana, light, wisdom. And in Maui, we are the only people in Polynesia blue build houses with verandas. And the reason was quite simply this in Polynesia you stand outside you acknowledge the earth and the sky. Once we get here we get the first winter when we were on the veranda, so we weren't quite be outside the inside. The other thing on those on the on the shape of the houses on the front, the right hand side is what we call the data tonic. This is what we call I suppose in English, the male element and this is knowledge. [00:30:41] And the other side [00:30:44] is taking a walk in [00:30:48] the female side. It's not knowledge, this is wisdom. And we don't get the money stop. By bringing them together. Hopefully we have money which is a greater understanding and a greater knowledge of all peoples and of all thoughts. So that is what I'm to say but also to meet you interview. grammatical high. As we heard tonight, those people who've lost people know how to do photo management TE to authorize media to rob me here to rob me here to cater. to agree to media to rock your go tomato, tomato name, go to a crow annihilate da Go Go to Monaco, Mariah, my name to all of those young people who are up here today. You are the hopes for us. We now say to us we are here. But for those who have become a little older, but we still have things to give you may not think it we do. But got good, hardcore health or nothing that the net will keep coming. But we need the new net. Which is you to go out and gather those things which we need no, no, no go to dinner, go to dinner, go to cuddle. [00:32:46] Judah and on behalf of I want to call up our first nominees. This was kitty kitty. I don't know if [00:32:56] I Oh, no. [00:33:27] No further, Elizabeth. Were both active members of the listening communities and Wellington before they met at the laugh festival. And that is the Litchfield activities recreation festival in 1990. True, [00:33:45] Lofa is best known for his sense of humor and love of games and sports. [00:33:53] Those of us who are at the civil union and 2006 will reveal the quiz that ran throughout the day. [00:34:01] rather hard for some of us know the answers to a lot of those questions. [00:34:08] also played for Amazon softball and basketball for many years and has been a leading lights in the development of these. These sports in Wellington and actually, yeah, isn't that true? Big and with Elizabeth, she was actively involved in team Wellington, for the Gay Games and Sydney. And that was a very important events with many of members of our community taking part in the games. And they've also attended games in Amsterdam, Chicago, Montreal, and Cleveland. So they've been tremendously important, especially a law firm in the development of sport. [00:34:58] Yeah, and still playing. [00:35:07] And Elizabeth is going through activism, particularly for Taka, Taka, and with queer and trans youth. And she was one of the founders that he founded on a trusted 2000. And that's been a very important organization, which has continued on. And she's also [00:35:34] both of them have been very active in, [00:35:39] in running and organizing conferences, conferences, and putting many of those kinds of who is a good are especially the young trans people and the young activist. And that's been a tremendously important [00:35:55] work that they've done. [00:35:59] In that both at international conferences around the world, including doing some work for the United Nations, they make a great team. [00:36:09] And despite loving and Guzman, [00:36:11] because they're gone, [00:36:15] they've gone back to [00:36:18] home area, that they still remain connected to the rainbow communities of Wellington, and usually here for every major event. [00:36:27] And yeah, and soon. [00:36:33] Alyssa is going to be flying off to New York. here tomorrow. Yeah. And she will be. She's part of a national weaving project and some of her work, she'll be going off to New York for the European of her work as the United Nations, in fact, [00:37:00] the United States, and that will be the markets that they will ever have been a part. But as they say, What's three months and 23 years. But they have, they have been so active and so important in our communities here in terms of so many things that they've done, and I'm I'm very honored to be able to speak to their award tonight. [00:37:35] And they're going to have to walk down holding it together. [00:37:41] Stay together. Yeah, that's right. Okay, and so now I'd like to invite [00:37:54] Thomas Laveau name is photographer Mariano. Everyone [00:37:58] knows me as a local. I've never been acknowledged this publicly. So my mother's telling me to use my full name. [00:38:06] And just briefly, to all the young Pacifica [00:38:11] people that came before me, wow. [00:38:15] I'm one of the middle aged ones now. So um, I know our communities and say pain, so forth a lover and carry on, and to my partner on a bit of an imposter. I'm her groupie. I am your number one fan. And I am going to be a little bit last for three months. But hey, like Allison said, three months and 24 years is around about half an hour. [00:38:42] It's never been a strong point. But I'm just briefly Sorry, I know you know, is only read about 20 of us Lyft. Thank you to everyone who organized us. But a big shout out to our beasties. Karen Casey who is determined based upon a performant well must be a bit on thank you to our beasties. Michelle and Phoebe again well pass the beats on the is going to check in the little one is to travel back and to some of our mates are Val and Jake. Love you guys long time. So um, I'll hand it over to these guys. And we always love to find a fella [00:39:24] kilda code thing I'm here to hug you by the Gaza. [00:39:28] Firstly, I want to do a shout out to everybody who's been honored tonight I feel and very, very good company. I also a shout out to my team sisters out there. And even though I am in a monogamous relationship with this one, I would just like to acknowledge how much I enjoyed the bush aesthetic. [00:39:58] And I want to acknowledge all of that many of the people who've been acknowledged here tonight have been our organizers, are activists I want to send to acknowledge all of our Butch women and all of our trans sisters who for many, many years before they leading up to the put the bodies on the line, because they chose to live the life. So I want to particularly acknowledge Dana and Jennifer and any of the rest of our queer and Komatsu. [00:40:33] And in all of you who are still here, way to go hanging in there. This is the problem with an inclusive community people, other people and this even in this country would have had a youth night, that would have had a mighty thing going on over here, they would had a Pacific thing over here. And then somehow the rest of the community doesn't include all of us together. I think Wellington is a way of operating this. When I go and I talk about things and conferences all around the world. That's something that I talk about, because I'm really proud of being part of it. The fact that I'm from and living Guzman seems irrelevant to my connections here with all of you. I wanted to just say this dress I made this. It's a tribute to me to Eva Eva, who was the as the goddess of women's arts, and also of childbirth and career was sent to her and see to her at the booth of children. And so this here is about, I wanted to acknowledge the weaving together of our communities. And that's the fun of fun that has been such a big part of that. And to find a founder his three main goals, to tell us to build our communities to tell our stories and leave the legacy. And so when people have talked about our young people here, you are not separate from us. We are thankful that you can keep up with us. Because it's not like we're going anywhere. [00:42:03] Quickly go to New York [00:42:04] tomorrow. [00:42:10] I wish everybody an awesome year. And I'm just always, always be proud of the model that we create here in the city. I think it is unique. And I think what to fund a funder does, and way that we work and to lead our community together as a model in a second PowerPoint that I feel compelled to tell the rest of the world about anyone who wants to come with me and do those things. Let's all do it. [00:42:47] She doesn't Holly. [00:43:04] And now I'd like to invite up to the stage, Karen and pity too. Wow. [00:43:29] Judah, and I should perhaps begin by saying that [00:43:34] period, Chiron actually started the relationship in my bed. [00:43:47] period was house. [00:43:57] That was the beginning. That was [00:43:58] the beginning of a wonderful [00:44:00] relationship and relationship which has been so important for the trans communities, not only Wellington but for New Zealand. So I'm very pleased to have been able to facilitate a small [00:44:15] contribution. [00:44:18] Yeah, so [00:44:22] top a taller Griffin, the foundations of the previous support work with FTMRT, Aurora, and on top, which is ongoing trend shed outreach project for the internet PC and the late 1990s. And it grew from conversations with end the Marty trans communities as well as between themselves as an aging trans couple. [00:44:52] And even though I think they're quite young, from my point of view, [00:45:00] I'm not as young as they were. [00:45:05] So it became evident when organizing the black and white ball in 2005, which was a fundraiser for that wonderful legendary [00:45:18] icon of our communities. Chrissy we took a [00:45:27] call in 2005 was a fundraiser for the Chrissy bridge of the Memorial Trust. And that was a huge gathering of money trends. Communities attending that event at Liberty MRI, and some of the conversations amongst the community was about isolation, lack of support and connection. So that in February 2010 Karen and Barry launched the website, target Torah, and the meaning of top of Torah is triangle. [00:46:04] And the goal was to corrected communicates with [00:46:10] with [00:46:11] trans people. And the vehicle to do that was tartar. And the meaning of that is we are everyone. And this is a bi monthly online magazine. Tata, which became an instant success. And now as a global readership, it's very significant. [00:46:31] And 2011 temperature produced the first Molly trends calendar, which was a lovely calendar. Yeah. [00:46:41] Which I used throughout the year. And it was a promotional resource for the second Asia Pacific out games. And due to the success of this calendar, temperature launched the second calendar and 2012 and commemoration of common topic is long term dream. To have a community of LGBT people similar to a public hangout where members of agent communities can live independently, under the guiding principles of love, respect and foreigner. These three guiding principles have been preserved throughout the work of laboratories since day one. And what's unique about territory is they receive no funding, and they're driven by their passion. And they have selflessly worked and done so much for the trans communities and therefore for all of our rainbow communities. Thank you. [00:47:54] Father, I'll speak on behalf of the space here. [00:47:58] We do what we do, because we love our family and your elbow. [00:48:06] For us, [00:48:09] it's about love. [00:48:11] We love our fan I [00:48:12] love we use with referring to more. So it's about support. [00:48:21] It's about menarche [00:48:23] support. [00:48:24] It's about empowerment. And mostly it's about respect. And we use every opportunity to include those and everything we do [00:48:32] with territory. And tada. [00:48:36] We're proud couple. We're proud of who we are. [00:48:40] We're proud of our mighty trans community. And we acknowledge our founder today, Jennifer is Dr. As well [00:48:47] killed it. [00:48:50] For us. [00:48:54] We acknowledge what's been said tonight, that a lot of work has been done. But we also here like from our dear friend, Manny Machado is a lot to be done. And we'd like to be in the mix as well. [00:49:07] We thank you and we acknowledge [00:49:10] this award. [00:49:13] We also take the opportunity to acknowledge two people who are very close to our hearts who lean toward us and supported us in our personal lives and in the goals that we're striving to do. [00:49:25] And they are again Chrissy we took all and commented up no mainly. [00:49:42] Every now and again, you meet someone who is quietly works. They don't say much, but they do an awful lot in the community. [00:49:54] And one of those people for me [00:49:58] is a very wonderful person called Chanel Hudson. She isn't different often. She is therefore everyone. She works with the New Zealand prostitutes collective. She goes out she works with people. She works. She advises she helps. She does selfless in her work. She goes very quietly. But she goes to just about every event where she feels she is needed. Or when people asked her, please can you help. Chanel will go there. She also swings the main point, tell you that and I've never done this before. But when you're in front of you boys, you got to run the point. And you're going to do Hawkeyes well, and that's fantastic. [00:50:55] Chanel [00:50:57] is really showing. [00:51:00] And she is also very busy. And so she couldn't be here tonight. But I'm going to ask another member of the front of Allah to please come and accept this award, because Chanel has asked you, Dion, if you will please come and accept this award for Chanel. Hello, Mike. How am I how am I? All right. Deanna is another one of those shy people. She doesn't want to talk, but she also does a lot of work. Now, this next man, disease is pretty good. Let me just tell you just a couple of things first, now. [00:52:02] Do I [00:52:03] know who [00:52:06] Joe? [00:52:08] Joe Joe. [00:52:10] Not you [00:52:15] know, that's just his connections with Omani people. Kevin, homely really is one of those people who is a stonewalled. And he, he is one of the few people you know, has a gentle strength. He doesn't raise his voice. He listens to people, he listens to what is needed. And in the 19, mid 1990s, this young fella joined the first LVGT sort of Dragon Boat Race and he was one of those young ones, or 2001 comes along, and then he's in front of Allah. And by Friday, he's still here today. He also has worked for Lisa, he also is at university, completing some of his studies. Now he is working both businesses, he has also worked for nonprofit organizations. He is for us, as many groups to people come and go people go away for a while and come back. And Cameron always welcomes you. Every time. His patients his willing to learn his willing to listen to people is one of his greatest gifts. Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Kevin ordinary. [00:54:14] I also am honored to to accept the presence of [00:54:20] the elders in our community that are here tonight. The others in our community who are not able to be here tonight, in front of the youth of our community, the strength of our community, in the years to come. For us to around the ages that we are now who will become the pillars from which others in their community can live a job and can leap frog have to do the things that they want to do. So I remember when I started to associate with guitar play within Wallington. I remember holy feeling, and new people of that ilk. [00:55:07] And we were all mixed up really more the Pacifica [00:55:12] having a good time. [00:55:15] The first time I made day [00:55:19] was was back in those days. So we all have that era. [00:55:24] But I'd also like to acknowledge my other [00:55:31] cohorts that have been acknowledged tonight because there really are the strength of to find a founder as well. I had the vision and the foresight, to, to think that we we do have a place in this community. And this community needs us so that's why we're here. Not a [00:55:54] coma to economy, carry me into a two you know, [00:56:12] some of you will know the song to do mine all up. And we would like you to sing it with us. But let me explain to some of you who don't know to to mileiq we thought that all the people stand together, Tata Tata, together, fire their Mama, Mama, let us see light, little seek wisdom, matter our heart, and respect and love for one another. So we can do together. If you want to stand and sing it, you're gonna go to my hero, my hero, my hero, my hero, my hero, my [00:56:55] hero, my Bye. Bye. [00:58:52] As Elizabeth Kimmy said, you know, it's inclusiveness is the fact that we want to everybody to be part of the ceremony is a little bit over the time. But you know, we can see people catch up to tomorrow. Out in the park has hosted tonight's event, they partnered with community groups to bring it together. We now like to invite Virginia Park upon. [00:59:30] I've spent most of the evening in tears. Actually, I'm so proud to be part of this community. [00:59:38] And it's because your fighters, you fight for your identities, and you fight for your place sense. And I'm in or just beautiful, beautiful evening, and a wonderful reminder of how much we mean to each other. So thank you very much. [01:00:00] I'd really like to thank all the groups that nominated recipients of the honors tonight, we acknowledge all of your money. And it's not always a party think we're even in Wellington, we understand that. Particularly for our young people, they need all the support they can [01:00:16] get. [01:00:19] It's been really important to acknowledge people making their significant contributions to our communities. My congratulations to all of the recipients of the honors tonight, and especially to Pauline and Pat's foreigner, chosen follow and blood foreigner. It's quite an historic occasion has and that has been drawn upon earlier as well. It's going to be the first of many more honors events, particularly for 2016 when we have the time to celebrate 30 years as human sexual law reform, as well as 30 years of the fair. One more plug for the booklet, please buy the booklet at the at the door. It's gorgeous. And it's also going to commemorate the fact that you were here at this very moment making history and Wellington. A huge thank you to all the volunteers as well who helped make the event happen. DJ bullet, Sarah to hear Johnston Mary Jo, Karen, Adrian or Katerina as we're now calling them the performers Jackie, Catherine, and Taryn and fit you as well. [01:01:36] A huge thanks to Damien and James and his team and the owl. And [01:01:43] so Oh, you guys have been great and I love how you've been tapping along and grooving as well. It's awesome. And of course to our fabulous horse, the graceful car. The gorgeous Amanda is down the down the back there and the handsome jack [01:02:06] thank you all again and see you and out in the park on Saturday. You need to [01:02:18] stay up here, [01:02:19] Karen [01:02:20] Patreon catering [01:02:24] to these two behind the parade if you're organizing [01:02:27] yourselves to be part of the parade [01:02:36] okay. [01:02:41] This evening, we would also like to make sure that we have honored Virginia, Virginia Park balls. [01:02:53] Balls so famously fabulous that she really only needs one letter to be known by that's a big we're out in the park would like to nominate our leader, the head honcho the boss The Big Cheese, or as we like to think of a the one person in the meeting who bothered to wear fabulous shoes. We would like to recognize Virginia for her ongoing time commitment and support to numerous events in the women's and queer community. But particularly to the annual out in the square now Park event and the Outgames out of the park has grown and expanded over the past few years and this year will be the events biggest year year. This sustaining and growing of the event has been managed and driven all along by Virginia. Virginia general she shares her time and shares her skills of projects and people management to ensure that a large community events such as out in the park is professional yet retains its sense of fun sparkle and community spirit. It's never an easy task to manage community groups yet Virginia gels lyst with a relaxed, warm and engaging style which allows others to voice and grow their skills and ideas. [01:04:11] Fully encourages new ideas low right now. I think she's a suspect she's kind of regretting the day she said the words Karen Do you really think we could do another parade Virginia has an amazing ability to hold and manage a huge amount of information and to to have a never ending to do list. I've got to know Virginia over the past year have been in Wellington and can comment on her passion and commitment to the out of the park event. But really there are numerous others you know Virginia a whole lot better than me. So I asked others in the out in the park group to comment on why we feel it's important that she's being recognized tonight. And these are some of the comments that I received. Virginia a person with sparkle who brings communities together with a magnetic personality, tenacious drive and a love for people. Virginia is wholly dedicated to and passionate about growing communities in positive ways. Virginia, an amazing hard working team player who is always full of energy. I honestly don't know where she gets her energy from, who always incorporates everyone and who has advanced out in the park to a whole new level this year. I only have one word to describe Virginia. She is a super woman actually for and that was from the person who runs our accounts. [01:05:33] Virginia has a special way of being charged without being in charge. She has a handle on every aspect of out in the park while also being kind encouraging logical, fun and fabulous. She's really got it going on Virginia, she's hot [01:05:49] check who put that one. [01:05:56] So on and all that all of us are in the park. We have no hesitation nominated Virginia for an honor tonight. She's an inspiration to everybody in the queer community. And to anyone involved in organizing community events. Virginia, you rock [01:06:38] we have one other surprise nomination. [01:06:42] So I'll just say a few words about our contribution to the starting the parade this year. So we haven't had afraid and nearly 20 years and religion. And I heard about the print from Virginia. And she told me that Karen was going to be leading the parade. And when I start when I heard that I said oh I need to I need to join I need to help. And I thought I would be on a team of maybe five people running the parade and it turned into two of us leading the charge on the parade. [01:07:17] And now we're known as Cambrian [01:07:21] but there are 20 or so people on the committee for out in the park and we all work really hard on our different aspects of the brain. We made almost every week and have a lot of really good meanings and and everybody really deserve to be deserves to be thanked and honored tonight. But there's one person here has been really, really amazing for Karen and I for the print. And of course, that is the fabulous Amanda before Please come back to the stage. Amanda? [01:08:00] Yes, [01:08:04] sir. Honor Amanda. [01:08:07] Karen is going to dawn awake. [01:08:13] No, no, no. Yeah. [01:08:22] I'd like to say a few more words about Amanda. [01:08:26] Karen and I really started praying planning in September, we're both from out of town out of country. And Virginia, hooked us up with Amanda and said, mean Amanda, she would probably like to get involved. And from the second week contacted Amanda she has been behind us 100% more than 100% if it's possible. And she has just been amazing. She's devoted her time her energy. She is done fundraising. She's fabulous. So as you can tell, but behind the same, she's even more fabulous. She has just done so much for the spread. And for the park in general. And for us, Catherine [01:09:14] and to inspire in our fashion sense. [01:09:24] So we really really really couldn't do it without Amanda and those wings. Did you see those wings tonight. [01:09:35] I almost fainted. I don't know what I'm going to do in the day. [01:09:40] Karen saying I'm not failing. [01:09:44] We have five amazing leading ladies that Amanda will tell you a bit more about maybe that she pulled together and invited to be to lead us in the parade. Some of them are here tonight. And they will all be wearing amazing outfits. If you saw the photo shoot the photos from the photoshoot recently amazing outfits with those wings that Amanda was wearing tonight. So you do not want to miss the parade. So that's all I will say. Thank you very much remember for everything. [01:10:25] No one else sitting here knows thinking causes getting a horse. She's wearing PVC. And I tell you what, I'm leaking in places that you just don't want to know, though. But this was such a huge surprises. Honestly, this is such good. It was very reading that I'm lost for words, but I'm actually lost for words. This is a privilege to work with you girls, honestly, to be part of a genius team, to be part of our Wellington day community. I think that we see President and our country for dignity, style, class and sophistication. [01:11:07] Like Adrian was saying, with the parade when the girls come and talk to me about the parade. I thought about our drag history of transgender history and the public from where we come from the attributes and many. I talked to Donald Milo who was sitting in the back, but Obama got so so she went home. She is now 72 years old. Is that right? Karen 72. And congratulations to you too to down into Milo was 72 years old, and she was instrumental and leading the walk. I always look at it like this, Donna Carmen and all the girls from that era, they walked in the shadows, so that I can walk in. [01:12:03] I had a conversation with the founder once and she was telling me how she played on the streets of Wellington that's not figuratively, that is literally bleeding on the streets, because of your blood, and many others and the transgender community, I now walk and glide actually along the streets of Wellington, because of the confidence the manner and the car, the common head. I now will can hear footsteps. I now can bathe in the sun, as we all can. History is changing. So what I decided to do was get part of Africa from the past common. I asked Regina via we all know her us and I seem to them. Let's make history. Let's get people from our generation. So we've got Diana, who is a new 70s to Gina who is in his 60s. I myself am I days. Then we have Lee, who's in his 40s and we put the young girl new to the Drake community. Fifi fabulous. So when you see us coming down on the parade, it's not just find people for our community. These are five different members from our gay history. And we are carrying the mantle and the flag this year for Virginia. Karen and Adrian's vision of how fabulous Wellington is. They say that Wellington is absolutely positive. And we celebrate diversity. And with this, you've celebrated my diversity. You've celebrated who I am as a person and I think you so much. I think the committee, I think how for has pleaded nessa for standing next to him. I was quite nervous, actually. [01:13:57] And another person I would like to pay homage to this evening is the beautiful jack for [01:14:07] her integrity to bring forth some amazing people from our community, so that we can all celebrate that can I ask your favor? Can you please be standing? I am. [01:14:20] Can we please be standing? If you look to the back of the room, there's a young man called Angelo g news. Where are you my love. Angela has been tireless and helping the girls with the praise. He was our official photographer for the photographs that are on my page with me in the girls. He also photographed myself, Donna and Georgina. But for you audience, could you place your right hand on your stomach? [01:14:48] Right hand on your stomach, your left hand on the lower part of your back. lower part of your strategy. [01:14:57] Now Lean forward ever so slightly. Give yourselves a hand. Thank you so much for the fabulous for staying the whole night. Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. Happy 2005 and happy hour in the park. Thank you. [01:15:16] Thank you, Amanda. Thank you. Now we are coming to a close but we have one more thing to do and that is to draw the name of one of the recipients and to have one accommodation. This is the prize accommodation and dinner at the museum hotel, which has been a supporter of the queer communities of Wellington. So thank you to museum hotel. And I thought well you know, this is going to be a bit hard so I'm going to ask Dame Dr. Margaret Sparrow to draw the name of the person and if he Let's give her a very big [01:16:01] we know day [01:16:02] one Dr. markets of course is a pioneer of course the sexuality with me. Welcome and sexual sailor. [01:16:14] Well day market, you know, you're very special to us very special to ask if you could draw the winning number. [01:16:24] The name of the person. [01:16:39] Gentlemen. [01:16:44] There is no more deserving couple and willing to be [01:16:52] spoken. [01:16:58] Ladies and gentlemen, can I say thank you very much. First they will not come to a conclusion of our evening. Can I just pick up? I started by sending the greetings from the Pacific. And I just want to pick up one Romana. He said when people say Marley says Cuellar, to you is they wishing you left because the word order ever cook Islander says cuna to you the operative word is or am I saying it's older or not? Which means life and when a time says my law in indeed to you, or a joke around since Maroni they saying Marlo and featuring with Paula Deen aka the Naka and Milo means wellness. Oh goodness. And finally when someone says tan of another to you, or person from the rocker Polynesian UHS for California here to or a person from Hawaii says Aloha. The opposite was in those greetings. A roof. Aloha, RO which means love. So from us to you, from jack and on behalf of men jack and Atlanta, we like to send you those greetings to wish each and every one of you. Well, a life that is wrapped in wellness, but always to live in love could not live

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