Renato Sabbadini - Proud 2016

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride in era era heated faculty Ty money Cora how fuck a Korea Keith a quarter or euro to a moolah Koto echo ne eta a go to fame one factor mo tuna or Defamer key take yet it [00:00:29] many things money [00:00:30] and raw and proud and honored to speak in front of you here today, the last land of earth to be reached by human beings. [00:00:40] But before being reached by human beings, [00:00:44] this land was the land of birds, [00:00:46] birds which had reached the straws and touched by mammals, apart from two bad species. [00:00:54] And in this mammals free environment, [00:00:57] birds were able to evolve and flow 4 million of ears, filling all the niches of the ecosystem. I think that this land of birds is a very fitting place for the second [00:01:11] Oceania conference, [00:01:13] because it means that Oceania is really ready to take off [00:01:16] and that the sky is the limit. [00:01:21] Even Oceania is the smallest of the yoga regions, but do not let this fact fool you for a single moment. [00:01:29] As we say in Italian, [00:01:30] the best wine is to be found in the smallest fats. Thanks to a board of hard working people, led by Amanda brown and Corey alarm, Oceania has really began to flourish. And to address its unique challenges. A huge expanse punctuated by small to medium sized groups. In the mix of promising advances and pockets of engineering homophobia. [00:01:58] transphobia, intersects phobia [00:02:03] between marriage equality and criminalization of same sex sexual acts between consenting adults, between the recognition of more than two gender options on the passport and fight against enduring gender based prejudice between the recovery of ancient wisdom and mana, and fight against the legacy of colonialism. [00:02:26] You're laying the foundations of a new world, [00:02:29] where social justice for all and personal freedom for everyone live side by side, an epic effort and one that in its regional scale, reflects and mirrors the same efforts taking place at the global scale. [00:02:47] Yoga needs your energy [00:02:49] and your experience, [00:02:50] while welcoming you in a global community of like minded spirits, comrades and friends. Since 19, 78 gB TI organizations have been gathering in increasing numbers, and with increasing diversity, at first only in the global north, then spreading gradually in the global south to find in Africa, a platform where to share experiences, practices and knowledge, and above all, to decide altogether, as to the direction the global LGBT movement should take, in order to advance equality and freedom for all human beings, regardless of a sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, bodily diversity, and sex characteristics. This is in essence, what Elgar is all about. Having the movement speak to the world, by itself and for itself. No Think Tank talk, no mediation by experts. we assert our right to stay calm claims on our own. Anything else, anything less will not do. No liberation movement in history has ever contented itself with others representing its points of view and claims. By experience. We know that change only starts when [00:04:19] we take the floor. [00:04:21] As our co Secretary General Helen Kennedy [00:04:24] loves to say, if you're not at the dinner table, you're on the menu. And we don't want to be talked about do we? We want to be talked to and to talk back. The liberation movement of lesbian Stransky, bisexual, intersex queer people can only be true to its mission, if it speaks by itself for itself and on its own terms. [00:04:52] By coming together by joining forces, [00:04:55] by having everyone stating their needs and dreams for a better world. We gain the strength and courage to remind everyone else that the state of the world is unacceptable, as long as the discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, bodily diversity and sex characteristics continues. [00:05:20] It is what it says it is [00:05:23] the only democratically organized [00:05:26] World Federation of LGBT [00:05:28] organization that has the legitimacy to represent the voices it represents. Our diversity is not a hindrance, but our strength. Our multitude is not an impediment, but the source of our legitimacy. As the global movement grows stronger every day, and the plurality of our voices is more and more enriched by our diversity. Some of us might question the need of working all together in a world organization. Shouldn't each of us focus on our own specific battles instead? At the end of the day? [00:06:09] What could the German [00:06:10] lesbian and the Hindu Indian Hazra possibly have in common? What is intersex got to do with sexual orientation? Are we all together for a reason? Or is it just an accident of history? Don't we risk confusing the public about our own individual identities, if we march all together to Pride Parade. Quite often this kind of objections comes also from the general population, when the same people who adore the world of gay capital living next door, are disturbed by the presence of a person whose appearance does not correspond to the gender image x [00:06:53] expectation of the culture. The first [00:06:58] answer to this kinds of objections is very banal. United, we are much stronger than if we were to proceed separated from one another. But I believe that in that there is a much better and more convincing answer, one that goes at the heart of what we all truly share. Let's go back to the discomfort of the SIS person facing and transpose. We all at one moment or another of our life, or throughout the whole of our lives, have had this wanted or unwanted power to put on normal until a future in a position of discomfort in their world, built on apparently stronger, strongly certainties. Based on the binary dichotomy, male, female man woman in the world, we have the power to bring a moment of chaos. Through the very existence of our brothers and what we do with them, we have the power to challenge at its foundation, the narrative that prescribes what it means to be a real man, and the real woman. I think this is wonderful. This is our magic. This is our gift from the gods, we have the power to force people to question themselves. And this power is good. Because it is only by questioning ourselves, and by having others question themselves, that we can grow as individuals and as society. whether we know it or not, whether we realize it or not. We are social engineers, social alchemists, who teach people that nature, human nature is far richer and more complex than one was brought up to think. Yes, we take away certainties, but we offer new people abilities. It is a gift, it is our gift. But it's very often also a curse. Most people, especially in extenuating circumstances, especially when material wealth becomes very uncertain, don't like to be challenged on the one thing, they've always known to be true that you are born either male or female, and that a nice script is ready for you to play. Depending on what gender you are assigned at birth. The [00:09:34] world is too uncertain for them as it is [00:09:37] for them to question themselves. [00:09:40] And I insist on their questioning themselves bit. Because Don't let anyone fool you. It is never a matter of accepting someone else's diversity. It is always a matter of what the diversity of the other says about myself. So our gift is very often unwelcome. And that's one more reason for us to stay together. Not only to comfort each other, to heal the pain our diverse diversity brings to us, but also to vaccine ourselves against the possibility of discriminating against each other. Because some of us are so desperate for recognition by society, that as soon as we obtain a shadow of respectability, we don't think twice about dumping those rates we feel might embarrass us, especially if we are associated [00:10:37] with them. [00:10:39] We were born and raised in societies which lean on the binary and the temptation to yield to new binaries we've created for ourselves is [00:10:49] tempting. This does not go [00:10:52] only relation to differences among us with regard to our bodies, our identities in terms of sexual orientation agenda. This goes also for us truly understand, understanding the concept of intersection ality, for us to be able to question our own assumptions in relation to ethnicity, [00:11:14] faith class culture, [00:11:17] belonging to a minority does not unfortunately, automatically endowed someone with the ability to empathize with other minorities. We have all suffered from this at one moment or the other in our lives. As we were rejected by someone who we assumed, would have accepted us because of their history of suffering, [00:11:42] most probably [00:11:43] at one moment or the other of our lives. We have also been on the other end of the bargain, as we felt lack of empathy with someone who belong to a minority, almost deserving the discrimination they were subjected to. Again, we are born and raised in a society which is awash with all sorts of prejudices, to identify the prejudices we have absorbed unconsciously is perhaps the most difficult job. That's why joining yoga and meeting such an extraordinarily rich diversity of people represents a great opportunity to explore, question and fight our own prejudices. At times, people outside of the LGBT movement, find our endless debates and soul searching about identity identity is tiring, and abstract, and practical and difficult to communicate to the outside world. I for one, find this aspect of our being together, one of the most enriching experiences of my life, [00:12:53] we are perhaps slow in our decision making. [00:12:56] But that's what real democracy is all about. Because we want to make sure that everyone has had the chance to speak their mind. At the same time, we are forging the future of the society is where we want to live. The level of reflection in our debates is lightyears ahead of other civil society organization, not to mention public bodies, we must be proud of it. I would like to finish with an analogy. As I was flying here, the 18,000 kilometres from Geneva to Ellington, the longest trip of my life, I was shocked at the size of our planet. [00:13:41] In today's world of internet, [00:13:44] we may easily feel that distances are shrinking and collapsing. What a sobering unhealthy experience, it is to see and feel that we are truly small compared to the earth. As I was flying, I was also reflecting on the fact that this travel is nothing compared to the travel by See, the Maori undertook to come here 1200 years ago, they must have traveled distances, that today we could only compare with interplanetary travel. If it's not too bold, I'd like to think of Elijah as a full of floaty of people joining forces to reach a new land, a better world that one than the one that we left behind us. Will will reach our new out arrow, a land where we finally find the peace and harmony of a society that knows no hatred, no discrimination. Difficult to say, and difficult to know if any of us here today will do. The trick might be very long, perhaps only the children of our children will eventually land on those shores. At the same time, I'm grateful to be in this jam floaty with all of you, who knows the answer a line to travel rather than the destination. [00:15:10] Thank you all very much.

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