Kevin Haunui - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand

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[00:00:00] kilda My name is Kevin honi. Typically GFT panorama trusts a community organization for target RP, based in Wellington, but involved with national politics involving target Rp. Perhaps I can again my little conversation talking about the Rainbow Room here. And in Parliament, I was here at the opening of that room and for me it signaled a further step in the legitimization if you like of of silence, same six people, homosexuals, lesbians, gay, bisexual strains into six, and all variations to me it was another legitimate step by society in terms of recognizing sexuality and gender, in all its different forms. [00:01:01] And I think that the [00:01:06] expressed the hope me that we will moving forward as a society. And I see that has happened in the almost 10 years that this room has been has been open. The progress that has been made in terms of younger generations, I think is really allowed the space for that journey to continue, particularly for younger generations. And also, it's a place of pride, I believe, for the older generations and knowing that that space was created. And this room is one of those spaces that reflects, reflects it. So speaking is from a topic perspective and I believe that the way we are today has has moved to the point where we are not dealing with single issue matters such as either being gay or being lesbian, or being bisexual. I believe that we, from a top rate perspective looking more at the collective role that we have and our association in connection with their Mahdi society. So in recent times we have been, I have heard the terms, you know, talk with your talker or who which is a reflection that Evo is as awakening and that means that our voice is part of The wider collective voice of money so if we as at the top we are not Weldon Marty is not well, if Molly are not well then we are stuck atop we are not well so the two [00:03:15] in the visible and to me that also shows our connection to our Pacifica family. [00:03:22] Because when they talk about the the issues that concern them from the many islands across the Pacific, and even across to when we think of Australia as being part of that whole Oceania complex, they are talking in a way about the connection to the the cultures and that they're one in the same. So the for me from a teletype we perspective. My voice being a teletype or a voice is a multi voice and a multi voice as a target app we voice so Again, I emphasize the two absolutely connected and one does not go without the other. So the Rainbow Room and the progress that has been made, since it was opened, I think reflects the fact that we have moved towards the spice where LGBTI rights or rainbow rights are human rights, not just gay rights, there's been rights and so forth, but the human rights and I think that's where I believe from a cultural perspective, we for them much better under that mantra, then to look at just their sexuality, in gender and so forth. In fact, we are part of our our culture, and the culture is part of us, irrespective of how our sexuality or gender or How we present ourselves physically in terms of sexual characteristics. However that's played out, it doesn't matter because within our culture, we we are almost like floating on the sea without any things to anchor on. So that's how I see the progress that's been made and the direction that we are going in terms of LGBT rights or human rights at the end of the day. With regards to New Zealand and this country

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