Solidarity with Orlando Candlelight Vigil - Wellington

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride in zero.com [00:01:29] C [00:03:02] CD [00:03:56] nama EO hockey to work with Hi, my name is ET Thank you KT ny ko Papa [00:04:04] Papa Cody. Thank you [00:04:08] everybody who has arrived here to support this to stand in solidarity with Orlando. We acknowledge the lives that were lost the people who were harmed the final and friends of all the people affected by what happened there. [00:04:31] We think inside out for the speed with which she pulled this together given us an opportunity to be here [00:04:39] and express [00:04:41] the pain, the grief, the anger that we see for what is it good. It is a sad reminder of where we are. [00:04:52] I've heard [00:04:54] it see that this was an act of senseless violence. I would [00:04:59] say that that is not actually true. I [00:05:02] would say in a world where systemic homophobia by phobia and transphobia exists and it's supported by state and religious [00:05:13] structures [00:05:16] and the minds it's not senseless at all. [00:05:21] I'm proud to see fun a fun all of us to be here with you. And because we stand here in our own manner, we stand here in solidarity with Orlando and with each other. [00:05:37] De de naka de pinna, Koto Koto Koto [00:05:46] Hi, everyone, my name is Bella and I'm the one of the CO chairs for inside out. Firstly, we just want to say thank you all so much for coming at you look really beautiful, the candle lights are real nice. I'm not going to do much talking, I'm just going to say thank you. And I'm just going to introduce the people that are here, because this isn't our platform as inside out. This is a community's platform. And this is everyone's opportunity to take a moment and sort of say things and be together as a community. So the first person that we're going to ask to speak is Missy Elliott, wave Brown. So [00:06:25] Anna, EV and Obama and RAO, [00:06:29] terracotta, terracotta, [00:06:31] terracotta, Qatar. [00:06:33] And I'd like to thank inside out for bringing us together tonight for bringing together lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex people, and all of your friends in the capital from whatever country. I'd like to acknowledge the American ambassador Mark Gilbert, and the support from the US Embassy. I'd like to thank the staff that have been able to light up the Michael Fowler center to show the world that Wellington is a beacon of love, at a beacon of hope. And that symbol the rainbow, [00:07:15] that [00:07:16] sunshine through rain is how is so important to us. It's also about the equality and appreciation of ethnic diversity of belief systems have the freedom to choose to express a religion or to choose not to have a religion and that is what we stand for in Wellington, and thank all of you for being here tonight. Our thoughts go to the people of Orlando. Those who have died too early those who are in critical care and all their friends and family and the things they never got to do. We stand with Orlando pure [00:08:10] thank you for that. [00:08:13] next row ask Matt Gilbert, the US ambassador to say a few words [00:08:20] in a manner in a row. mano here Italia, tenor Koto, Koto, [00:08:27] Koto, MC Doku, Finola, America [00:08:34] tenneco, my cocoa Wrangler TMI to brock obama go United States ambassador, Mark Gilberto gana, Koto Koto, [00:08:48] Koto, Koto, [00:08:57] what happened last night in Orlando [00:09:03] should never happen anywhere. [00:09:07] We shouldn't have to gather in groups like this, to pray for those who are in critical condition [00:09:18] to mourn those who have been killed [00:09:21] by a senseless act of violence. [00:09:26] I know that we all pray, and hope for the day [00:09:34] that we can all be treated, [00:09:39] that men and women are all created equal. [00:09:44] That we can pray for the day that the senseless violence stops, that we can pray for the day that we can all live in peace and harmony together. On behalf of President Obama, and the people of the United States, I want to thank you for being here tonight, to show your solidarity with the people of Orlando from my home state of Florida. And the outpouring of support that we have received from all throughout New Zealand, from our old friends, and from new friends. [00:10:29] Thank you for being here. [00:10:32] Thank you for what you do. Thank you to inside out for putting this together so quickly. And thank you for standing with United States, Jada. [00:10:49] And we'd also like to say thanks to all the employees that have taken time out of their schedules to be here. So a handful of them are gonna say a few words. So to start with, we've got Jay Elodie. [00:11:05] It's hard to know what to say, in the face of such horror, and a sense of our family being under attack. And so many lives lost. And that sense of familiarity with the hatred that created this attack, I think. And when we come together, and we stand in our diversity, and acknowledging that the world is a better place, when we're all able to stand in our difference, being we are standing up for the possibility of a better world. And we know And sadly, the hate crime in Orlando was an A reminder of how much work we have to do, that they're internationally. The world is in a contest, to celebrate those on one side who want to celebrate difference. And those who seek to reproduce, difference. And, as I'm proud to be able to stand with you, and that celebration of difference. cara [00:12:36] cara Matata [00:12:39] in June, in the United States, and in the Northern Hemisphere, it's Pride Month, I had the privilege to live in the US for a couple of years. And I can tell you that June is the month in the calendar. It's a month when pride parades, please take place. It's a month we're the bars a follower. It's a month we're a lot of people choose the time to come out to be who they are. Because there's so much joy and celebration, about being who we are. And into the month of pride walked some with so much anger and hate. My heart goes out to the loved ones of everyone in Orlando, who was killed or injured. My heart goes out to the futures that will never be the lives of huge potential that will not be loved. And to a community in Orlando that is grieving and to the whole of the United States. It's those people who we must think of tonight, whose lives will never be the same. And we have to see in them we are sending our love our heart to all of those people. But the other thing that I want us to think about tonight is the importance of never ever leaving hate when of making sure that we as a community and LGBT community and our wider affirming supporters always stand together. Always stand up for love, for understanding for acceptance, and for pride and joy and who we are. Tonight, we're standing for all of those values, the things that in our huge rainbow of difference drawer us together time and time again. We do believe in those values. We believe in a community that says you have the right to be who you are, and we will support you in there. Tonight in Orlando, those values have been challenged. It is our job to stand up and say once again, here Can we stand together, we stand strong as a community. Love is love. It will always conquer hate. yada [00:15:32] yada yada Rhonda, Tina ma na na na na na na Taka Topley, Tina Koto, Koto, Koto, Koto, it's late to define a philosopher, no Yoda for opening our who tonight, and a way that enables us all to come together. I'd also like to acknowledge the leadership of inside out and Bella, who use Facebook to communicate with a few of us to ask us to be here to night, to me and senior away. [00:16:03] Thank you for your leadership, [00:16:04] Mac. So it's nice to see you. I hope you know how value to a as part of our community, being the ambassador for the US. And to all of us who have come here tonight, to stand in solidarity with our fan, oh, and Orlando, I want to meet you, maybe to our members of our LGBT community, but our broader community, I think, I'm incredibly proud to be one of our outreach and proud in peace, empowerment, and an opportunity for us to come together. To show how much lovely here I want to thank grant for the words that he used because it's it time like times like this, we can be divided. But I think this is when we have to pull together into the members of our Muslim community here. And now Theodore. So I particularly want to acknowledge our Muslim community, and our Theodore because the Islamic State does not exist here. The Muslims who live in our country, and Muslims who, like us have LGBT members of the foreigner and they love them as much as we love ourselves and each other. So the tolerance that we must display isn't about being tolerant of Muslims here and now to door because the Islamic State does not exist. But what we have to do is Elizabeth highlighted is that as be ever vigilant of a desired state, ideologies, that's a woman at least in our community is less. And so the challenge for us is to continue the fight to be free and equal and dignity and rights. And so what we've done by coming together as to show the strength of our community, but also the the ability of our community to be clear about who the enemy is. And it's not our Muslim brothers and sisters here in Altidore. So I've chosen to focus on that because I hope that we will show is we have done with a lot of human rights advancements here in New Zealand that by talking together through factor for China, through our ability to come together actually we can overcome a lot of hatred, a lot of prejudice and actually show the way forward it is about moving beyond tolerance actually it's about having an appreciation and a love for the diversity that is out here on us New Zealand today. So I'm happy to be here with all of you showing our solidarity no data Tina Koto, Koto, Tina Tata Tata. So that [00:19:03] was timed really well because internationally at 630 there is a minute of silence, and we thought that we would do that as well. So if everyone would like to just take a moment Yeah. [00:19:53] Okay, so the next person that was going to speak on behalf of the Human Rights Commission was freakish. [00:20:05] AOA, Korea key to tour Menachem Wilkie to Finola for God Oh by keen Taka, Taka, Taka and Amanda and around and around the Tierra ma TNR koto Koto. I bring me condolences on behalf of the Human Rights Commission, as well as the leadership of the New Zealand Muslim communities. I have a statement that has been paid by Richard Tanksley, a commissioner, the Human Rights Commission, as well as husband RFA the president of the Federation of Islamic associations of New Zealand, New Zealand Muslim leadership and communities and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, condemning the violence shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida. We are outraged and shocked at this despicable crime. And our thoughts are with the victims of this cowardly attack. We stand alongside all victims, and we stand against the supporting violence, which must never have any place in our civilized democratic societies. Our response to hatred is humanity. We stand together in solidarity against hate, all forms of homophobia, violence, and intolerance. New Zealand Muslims, and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission urges all Kiwis to stand together against this hatred. [00:21:38] Next up, we've got Rebecca who's gonna say a prayer for us. [00:21:46] If you prayed in this journey, [00:21:51] create a god, giver of life. Mother and father of us all, comfort those who mourn this day. We've for the Latino community in Orlando, and all the people of color in our society and in America are oppressed and marginalized. God of the oppressed here I'll pray. We pray for our LGBT q siblings, and Taka, Taka here. We're persecuted and vulnerable. Even in places we consider to be safe. God of refuge here our prayer. We pray for the Muslims in America and in our society. They be protected from the senseless reactions of the intolerant. God of shelter, here our prayer. We pray for the church, that we may acknowledge our sins of silence and of hate and for the strength to fight for the oppressed. God of justice, here our prayer. Remember all those who have died, especially all the victims of the Pulse nightclub. All of his name's unknown to you. God of hope. We thank you that not even death can separate us from your love. We pray for the survivors, for victims, friends and families and all who mourn, that they may feel your comfort for them. God of love, here our prayer, [00:23:24] Lord have mercy. [00:23:26] Christ have mercy. [00:23:29] Lord have mercy. [00:23:38] Next up, we've got Daisy who's prepared a speech. [00:23:44] I woke up this morning to find that 50 of my family were killed and 53 others with her. I spent most of the day in tears and shock before finding out about this event and decided that I need to take some action. I think we can all agree how close to homeless at us. Most of us, I'm sure would have been to a gay bar at some point. Sometimes you just pop in on the way home. Sometimes you go out with the purpose of trying to meet someone. But most importantly, you go out to have a good time. You go to a space where you know you'll be safe and you'll be respected. I cannot even imagine going out with these intentions to a safe place to not return home at all. My last partner and I met in a gay bar. We fell in love and we spent a wonderful year together. I can't help but think how many potential lovers may have met that night. Only tonight I've been given that opportunity. But as a community, we owe it to those individuals to continue to be true to ourselves, continue to spread nothing but love and continue to make our community proud. We must pay respect to the lives loss. But we must also rise above the hate. And at the end of the day. Love is the foundation of the community. That is the most powerful force and it will always prevail. Educate, continue to be loving and continue to be yourselves. Do not succumb to the fear that this event was intended to provoke. were stronger than that. This is another obstacle our community has been thrown. But we will jump over it with more drive and more power. Do not let this dampen your spirits instead. And it scouts use me for the cliche, continue to listen to ignite the beautiful flame that is the gay community to the gunman. I'm sorry, your life was so short and filled with ignorance and hate. That's no way to live. to his family. I'm sorry, you now have to be the way to have his actions on your shoulders. I can't imagine how much how many death threats and hate you'll be getting. And most importantly, to all the family, friends and anyone affected by this event. I am sorry. I am so sorry for your losses. You continue to have the support from the worldwide family of the gay community and its allies. You are not alone. Stay strong and continue shining bright light the diamonds you are thank you and rest in peace. [00:26:18] The next person who's on my list, but it's got a TV say next to it was money. Were you still wanting to speak? contest? [00:26:31] cure everyone [00:26:35] wanting to speak I don't think that's the right word. [00:26:40] Like many of you, [00:26:45] I heard the story on the internet. [00:26:50] America is a place I've gone a lot. [00:26:54] I've been a member of this community for over 50 years. [00:27:01] That's not why I'm here tonight. [00:27:06] I'm a counselor. [00:27:10] And what I want to remind everyone tonight is the importance of community. Remembering the extraordinary person that you are and doing what some of you have done tonight, which is reach out and talk and remind each other how precious and important we are. There's been a lot of talking tonight about being a counter to hatred. And sadly tonight reminds us big picture what our community is about. [00:27:49] So please look after yourselves. [00:27:54] Talk, [00:27:56] cry, laugh and a bubble. Remember what an extraordinary community we are. It's a community that has its own problems. And often we focus sideways. But a day like the last 24 hours reminds us of what is important. Thank you, Mayor Celia, Wade brown and the other speakers. But I want to acknowledge the fact that our town hall as a rainbow tonight and extraordinary things that do go on and finally a Tata hold on to that. [00:28:40] Thank you, Toby for asking me to speak. [00:28:45] Just look after yourself and begin to all of you. [00:28:52] Now we'll have the mic open for a little bit. So if anyone has anything that they'd like to say, now is your opportunity. [00:29:03] My name is here. And I remember when I was in high school that I was incredibly blown away with how homophobic and environments it was and how incredibly proud and moved I was to see a transition in recent years or what I've perceived to be a transition. And [00:29:25] to [00:29:27] to see such a sort of a parallel shift between what I've experienced in this society in this nation. And this horrific event has inspired this some this poem that I want to perform for you. And I want to create it my friend, Lily for having the courage to write upon before me to to represent her feelings on this event because otherwise I don't think I would have had the the the the courage to do so. So thank you to her also outpouring of love and blood soaked alchemy call to prayer call to poetry, blood soda fests and faces and ink soaked letters already submitted to by the dead attendance and the freedom one was threatened with hatred and steel. As wounds were plugged with soaks in the dark ordeal. Hatred reduced that human super to faggots and squeezed at trigger firing missile jackets whose tips cut flesh and splattered faces with Crimson they could not stand against his fractured reason, but simply ran and chaos to place of safety. As the gunman turned his hateful weapons strafing, and bearing black flag with his words professed red link rainbow banners with hateful resist. sanctified by false god of hate who blessed his hatred and made it pure than victims blood outpouring of love purchased at terrible cost. 50 did his 50 lights were lost. When concentration camps were freed the gays will live to serve their time. Their saviors mercy did not extend to them like other souls they did defend and so they were twice victimized once by the enemy, and once by familiar eyes, and in times to come. Their love remained illegal. But they born strong and proud like a legends Eagle. And then winning several states and several nations the freedom to affirm their love was granted. an injustice of the past at last supplanted came a man who stood feet firmly planted and vanquish the security with steel. [00:31:59] Thanks You [00:32:04] killed a phone call. loquacious. I read fella Hi. [00:32:13] Yeah, I just kind of wanted to thank everyone for being here tonight. I [00:32:24] I couldn't sleep last night I turned on the clock radio to try and get me to go to sleep because I thought I you know national radio. That'll do it. No, not so much. Oh, look at me making jokes to cover up the grief. Yep. When I was walking down here, I just had this real sense of grief. And also gratitude that here we are all again. Having candlelight vigil. [00:32:57] Yeah. [00:32:58] And it kind of helps me make sense of some of the things in my life that I struggled with. I've had mental health issues, currently take quite a lot of antidepressants in the morning. I've had a number of my friends commit suicide. And then I can't remember right. There are people in the world who want to kill me did. And it's pretty stressful to love one. [00:33:22] Yeah, just a little bit. [00:33:25] And [00:33:28] you all you know, why? All I have, you know, a try and talk to my straight friends. Although there's probably lots of straight allies here. Yeah. Any kind of like, Oh, you know, it's not that bad. There's like marriage equality. And I'm like, here. [00:33:50] Awesome. [00:33:53] Although, I know that I'm also ball steady behind me. Anyway. I'm gonna shut up now. Thanks. Thanks, everyone. [00:34:09] for joining a piece of [00:34:12] my country, Tis of Thee, sweet land of liberty. Never felt so wrong. I walked around work feeling very alone today. So thank you all know, [00:34:35] for not making me feel alone anymore. [00:34:43] And watch my friends and Florida's newsfeed today as they reached out to our brothers and sisters in the query. And ask them to tell to call their parents. [00:34:59] So they will worry. [00:35:02] So [00:35:03] this feels like a big hug. So thank you. [00:35:10] Just to reiterate, as a fellow American who's been back and forth from here in California, and being where I thank you. And my brothers and sisters in America, thank you for this kind of support. Sometimes we don't think that this is enough. But when we see this globally, it means a great deal to those in the states and those who are struggling constantly. I think also those who get to see this in countries where there is no freedom, but they see this kind of gathering. It gives them hope. So I thank you for that. [00:35:46] Carafano, I want to thank you for being here, because it's that sharing of community that makes tragedies like this so much easier to be here. Last night, my partner said there's something really bed happening in Orlando, and so went to social media. And they are on the Facebook page for the nightclub. There were people sharing from within the club, how they were trapped and trying to get out. There were parents, they're worried about their children who are in the club, there were people saying my daughter's in there, what's happening to her. And 25 minutes later, she's out, she's safe. [00:36:25] And all around the world. [00:36:27] There were people starting to comment. There were people from New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the UK, there was actually a global outreach of people expressing their concern and love. And wanting this not to be the tragedy that obviously now is. But it's the thing that it's [00:36:44] it's tough as it is, it's [00:36:46] easier for us to cope when we're together like this. So thank you all, especially inside out for organizing this and all the speakers, because trying to cope with this by ourselves individually, is just so hard. And here in out around New Zealand, we do have that community to help us. So I think the people who are alone and trying to cope with such hatred in their homeland. And I thank you for the support. [00:37:17] Hello, everybody. My name is Alexandra Tasker, I run the queer network, New Zealand Facebook page, as well as the trends network Facebook page as well. I would just like to say a big thanks to everybody on social media, who helped put this together. And it was actually a great honor to actually be able to spread this event to all those who are actually following my pages, I would just like to do a Buddhist chant for all those who have passed away. [00:37:56] numb yo ring, gay Ko, na mo ring, gay Ko, Na, Mo ring. Thank you. [00:38:19] Hello, everyone. My name is Joe. And first of all, I just want to say like a massive thank you for all being here. I'm so privileged that we live in a country where we are so widely accepted for our differences. But then there's countries that have not. And seeing today, like on the news feeds on news itself is absolutely heartbreaking. To know that there's people that aren't being accepted that there's people being suppressed for who they are. And it's it's hard. And my thoughts and my heart and my tears they went out to the people of Florida, Orlando, have anyone that's connected to them for all the talent, the lies and the souls that are lost. Words can't even describe how much it hurts how big of a hit it is to the community. But like was said it's so much easier knowing that we can gather that we can support each other through like situations like this that we are we are one as a community we stand and we can stand strong in who we are. And that is what makes us special. Thank you. [00:39:28] Hi, everyone. I I got back from the States about two weeks ago now. And I had my travel plans not gone differently. I would be in Florida right now, which was quite terrifying this morning. But I wanted to tell you all a story in three parts and nonlinear way. Because that's always fun. So this morning, like many of us, I woke up to a multitude I have news alerts telling me that something happened. I looked to my friends who were in Florida who are traveling, who were not immediately accessible to me. Like many of us, I was worried like many of us I spent all day stressed and anxious. And I wanted to tell you all about someone who I meet while I was in the States. His name was Arthur Coley and he was a founding member of one of the gay Mardi Gras crows. One of the the actually now the largest gay Mardi Gras crew. And he was he told me a story when I was speaking to him about the yoga crew. The first bowl, the first gay Mardi Gras bowl that ever happened was the yoga crew. And it was rated by place because this was 50 years ago when being gay was still legal. And during this raid, people were arrested. Some people escaped, they Queen of the bowl, who was dressed in drag, and didn't rhinestones was hiding in the bush as the police came through a search lights. And as the search slides hitter, she looked up like a Christmas tree and said apparently, will take mama home then. And I'm telling you this because I want to emphasize the importance that gay bars have in our community, not just now. But historically. Because when the news of this happened, mystic sea of mystic sea spa, which was the gay bar of New Orleans at the time, opened up the safe behind the bar, took out all the money, handed it to a bartender and told him bail everyone out. No one from that raid stayed in jail. The names were released because it was a crime at the time. They suffered in the jobs in a way that we hope that we don't have to anymore. But no one stayed in jail. Because pinnacles of the community like these bars exist. So this morning, with anxious hearts, I remembered the story. Because we can be strong when we're together. That's that's how our community gain strength. That's how our community survived. Author again told me that he didn't think he and his friends didn't think they were doing anything special. They just thought that they were having fun. And I I hope that as we continue to change things, that we don't think we're doing anything special either. I hope that everything we do seems natural and normal. And I hope that now as we're standing here with wax friends on our fingers, that we can all continue to be not very special right now. But really special and 50 years. Thank you. [00:43:14] Good evening, Rainbow foreigner. I'm privileged to be here from Australia. And I just wanted to let you know that in Australia, the candlelight vigil will be happening at the same time. Only two hours, three hours, four hours later. We in Australia with our Kiwi brothers and sisters during this terrible time of this Orlando massacre, it will go down in history as much as the Stonewall revolution happened a little over 30 years ago at this time. And I think it will give us enormous strength to always pull together and be proud of who we are, and what we can do with this terrible massacre just reminds us that there is still [00:44:11] more [00:44:12] there are still more places to go. And more work to do. I'm privileged to be here. With all my found out tonight. [00:44:25] I'm cutter, my name is Kate and [00:44:28] oh sorry. It's been a very long day. Um, [00:44:31] I just wanted to say that [00:44:33] we're all here together and that this day has been very disheartening. And all day I've been sitting in class trying not to cry or vomit or just just lose it because I'm angry and I'm sad and I'm scared and as a young queer person, it's it's hard because I think as as my future is this my life is this what it's going to and I struggle a lot with hope but I wanted to say that I'm seeing everyone here with your candles and everyone here together is really helping me hold on to that. And it's very meaningful and thank you everyone. [00:45:19] It was Latino and Latina night the pulse. So about 20 so are the names of the people who died there. [00:45:32] Excuse my Spanish [00:45:35] Edward soda my air. jr 34 Stanley Almodovar the third 23 Luis Omar OKCO cable 21 Romo, Giro 22. Eric, Ivan Cortez Rivera 36 Peter Oh, Gonzales cruise 22 Luis Bielema. 22 Kimberly Moore's 37 Eddie Geraldo roll Justice 30 Darryl Ramon Burt the second 29. Don't. [00:46:27] Drayton? 32 [00:46:31] I Landrieu Martinez 21. Anthony Luis. Laura DCR 25. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez 35. And Frankie Jimmy to Hey, Suze. Val acquis 50. That's probably only half of the people who died. [00:47:04] Someone's work is a very young person. [00:47:08] I could be the oldest person here in advance on 72. [00:47:14] Wow. [00:47:16] Well, then, [00:47:19] and somebody else spoke about the next 50 years, I can tell you about the last 50 years, I can tell you a little about the last 65 years. [00:47:30] It was worse, it was very bad. [00:47:34] So for young people, it gets better. And it has it has got very much better. And it can get even better the rest of the world can have what we have. And I'm sure there are still issues we need sorting out yet adoption. I don't know what you fell assault that are sorted out. My husband brought to my attention what someone at Orlando said, from the from the event from the tragedy, the disaster. [00:48:14] We will again, [00:48:17] please remove it, we will dance ugly. And we will keep dancing. And we will never stop dancing. Georgia. [00:48:32] Hi, my name's Ella and I I can personally say that I'm terrified to be up here right now. But I know that everyone here is going to be so proud of everyone that has spoken and just express their own opinions today. Honestly, I was also terrified before I came here, because I thought that I was going to be one of the couple people that actually showed up. But I am so, so thankful to all of you for just showing up and showing your support for everyone here. And I know that I am so lucky as a young queer person to have all of you here today. I'm sorry if there's a [00:49:14] scene coming up. But [00:49:17] I just know that some of you may have loved ones that you have lost today, I am not sure. But I do know that we have all lost a big deal today. Because of this hate crime. I was talking to my friend today. And she said she was scared, because she didn't know how there could be ever so much hate in this world. And I'm not sure if I'm making any sense at all, my mind is blank. But I told her to not be scared that we have such a large community of people who are here to help. And then she should feel safe in her own body. That was also the day that she came out to her parents. And I was so proud of her for just everything that she had done and how safe she felt and how I got to hold her in my arms as she was crying into thanking me. And I would just like to say thank you to all of you if you have ever helped someone come out or if you have supported someone who has come out. [00:50:25] And again, I'm not sure if any of this makes sense to you. [00:50:28] But thank you. [00:50:33] QI, [00:50:36] many of the first speakers spoke about how we would reject any retaliation against Muslim communities. And I just wanted to say, I am one of the LGBT members of the Muslim community. And usually after an event like this, I would be afraid for other people that are like me, and that sense that they are Muslims. But today, it was different because I think the world is tired of that narrative. When you look at the social media, all you see are the people rejecting the narrative of blaming Muslims. And I do not I don't know how to speak for how Muslims in America feel right now. But for Muslims in New Zealand, I don't feel fair today. [00:51:29] But [00:51:31] yeah, so while we sorry. [00:51:35] I also wanted to tell my story of how I found out about this event, because it is different to how other people have said it today. I did not find out when I woke up this morning. Because last night I could not sleep because I was my mind was racing, I could not shut down. Because I was terrified. My mind would not stop giving me images of my transgender girlfriend being attacked, my mind would not stop, not stop giving me images of how I would not be able to protect her. And while we have come together today, to still fair, we have come together to show each other that we are not alone. [00:52:28] But [00:52:30] it is not just these communities, there are the people that did not come to the events, there are the people that will not even mention it. There are the people that you don't know are struggling. Because when I spoke to her this morning, her response was that she was afraid still, she feared even in New Zealand to even leave the house again. She didn't want to leave the house, she was so afraid. Because even in these loving communities and willing people in the LGBT community, we live in the perpetual fear that is created all around the world. Because today's event was an act of terrorism. And while we mourn the victims in Orlando, we must also remember that other victims of the terrorism aspect, and they are not the people that you would expect, though the people that weren't even mention it. So please, while you have come together today to show each other that you're not alone, I ask please reach out to the people who you don't think are struggling. Just reach out, remind them of your friendship, remind them of your acceptance. Because it is not a one day event. It is our lives. And the fear needs to be needs to be conquered every day. The courage to find to find the courage to leave the house to go and continue dancing. It needs to be found every day. We need our communities every day. So please reach out to the people who didn't come to the people who you don't think it that way they will find it important to come. Just keep reaching out every day. Thank you. [00:54:29] Shoulder Kota, [00:54:33] for the dignity and respect of our dear brothers and sisters that have passed and gone to the light from this very, very sad, very, very sad situation in the nightclub in the evening. I honor your souls. Pray that you go to the light and to respect and pride of our gay community throughout the world. I think sincerely of each one of you that has passed into the next dimension. Proud Americans land of the free and the home of the brave This is for you. [00:55:37] proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes [00:55:45] and bright [00:55:47] stars [00:56:23] Star Spangled. [00:56:56] So I just say a handful of Thank you. So thank you everyone for coming today. Thank you for finding the bravery within and the courage to come. And the warmth because it's a bit nippy. And thank you to those the MPs and my Gilbert have taken time out of their schedules to be here. So I'm going to pass it over to Tiffany Fonda now who will close this for us, thank you [00:57:27] killed because we are the amazing creative multifaceted people that we are. We can hold our grief without anger without love. without hope and without expectation that things are going to change dramatically over the course of each of our lifetimes. are finishing Wyatt is to to my not EV which means that we will all stand together as one as we search for enlightenment. For knowledge are we do so love stayed together as one [00:58:16] we

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