Wellington Pride Parade (2016)

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride and z.com. [00:00:05] We're just walking along the waterfront here, heading over to Frank hits Park. To start the Wellington Pride Parade. I just did about half an hour, we're going to start so there's this big kind of Rambo. I don't know what to call it structure up there for us. And about half an hour will have speeches from some MPs him from some local community groups. And then we'll start heading down the waterfront over to watch hockey park for out of the park, which is going to happen all day from 11 until six. So just come from watching the park and it's starting to look like a fair. So we're really excited. [00:00:48] And the word front seems quite full this morning. [00:00:53] There's been a few surprises. Looks like there's a rowing competition going on. We didn't know that. But that's okay. We'll just go past them and or rainbow glory. And there's also a basketball tournament going on. So it's quite a busy time, which is great for visibility. [00:01:14] Hi, I'm Ash, and I came here today to support people and to express my gender identity and sexuality. Which is gender fluid and pan sexual. [00:01:30] This is the first Pride Parade you've been? [00:01:32] Yes. And how does it feel? [00:01:34] It's pretty cool. So far. I'm enjoying it. [00:01:38] And what's your sign? [00:01:40] My sinus for my schools, LGBT q IIP Plus, safe place and it says ultra violet fall into high school on that. Pretty much go there. And then we do stuff like play games sometimes. And then just learn things about history tree and learn other things like six years and stuff. [00:02:05] It's been 50 years since I'm a teacher lower form. What do you think [00:02:08] your ideal world is going to be like in 50 years time? [00:02:11] We're people [00:02:13] of no matter what gender and sexuality can be able to hold each other's hand and not be afraid and public and not get cold. But I'm not going to say because they're offensive to people. And it will be all colorful and rainbows. [00:02:34] What do you think some of the biggest issues for for rain bear communities in New Zealand. [00:02:39] And [00:02:42] probably the [00:02:43] fact that not everyone accepts people for who they are. [00:02:49] My name is Michael and I came today to support one of the organizers hope I'll put this on. And yeah, just general supporters. [00:03:00] The freedom for everybody to love who they want to really. [00:03:03] So what's the importance of having such a kind of visible presence? Do [00:03:07] you think? I think it's a [00:03:09] it's a really good [00:03:10] visual for people to just [00:03:14] a reminder for everybody that, you know, [00:03:17] is equal rights, there is a love [00:03:19] for everyone to be with who they want to be with. And [00:03:24] yet kind of [00:03:25] no barriers to that. So [00:03:27] and equally it's a it's a time for [00:03:29] people who perhaps aren't and same sex relationships to come and show their support as well. [00:03:36] That's Bernard, he's our community liaison person and volunteer coordinator. [00:03:40] Yes, and this is Christoph. He's, he's an amazing secretary for the committee as well for the park, and a charge of comms and marketing. [00:03:52] And we have to be we are quite amazed about this turn out to that today. And we are happy that the weather is is like this, and it will be sunny. We ordered it for midday. So I think around 300 400 people here, so it's an amazing turnout to last year. And we're really happy that we have so many community groups participating in the parade. I think 23 have signed up and a couple of more have joined us today. And the whole parade is just community groups. We have no corporates. None of us official sponsors. I think as a group, it's only based on community groups and community organizations who are doing amazing work the whole year. And we're really happy to have them in the parade. [00:04:39] So why is it important just to have community groups here. [00:04:42] I think it's important because the community should celebrate themselves and the parade is for the community. We are just providing the platform and the community should get the messages out there to the public. Who wants to parade from the side and just celebrate who they are and what they're doing holy and just having fun on the day. Yeah. [00:05:03] And Bernard being Mr. Gay New Zealand, what does that like? [00:05:07] Well, it's it's it's kind of funny and exhausting, I guess. exhausting. wise people keep mentioning it. Other than that, it's it's great to be part of the Pride Parade. And I was told specifically to be part in it to be as visible as possible as as ambassador, I guess. But other than that, looking forward to it. [00:05:32] What does Mr. Gay New Zealand mean to you? [00:05:35] Well, initially it happened. It happened to be a surprise. I guess the fact that happened to one Mr. Gain Wellington last year was was somehow a community effort. And it so happens to be happened to be a joke that turned serious. And, and I don't really well, as long as I represented part of the community, that'd be fantastic. [00:06:01] I'm Gabby [00:06:01] Winkler and I am transsexual, and so much and in the Pride Parade, my system [00:06:07] is I am I'm like, my name is Kyle Wilson. [00:06:16] Wow. So what's it like first time in a pride parade? [00:06:19] Very colorful, very colorful. I just love I love people watching. I love looking at other people and seeing all the colors and [00:06:26] yeah, it's fantastic. Everyone so proud of you know who they are. And it's also [00:06:30] very diverse. There's so many of these drag kings, drag queens is all sorts of groups, all these organizations that come out. It's just, it's just diverse in California. And I love that. [00:06:40] So what are some of the biggest issues around kind of rainbow communities in New Zealand at the moment? [00:06:45] Um, visibility, I guess I think the biggest group that doesn't get visibility as this is the transcripts are these sorts of things that great for the trans community because they get visibility. And I think as long as we keep that visibility going, and as I we say, Hey, we here we exist. You know, that's, that's the main issue, I think. Yeah. Pretty much the same thing. This is a great celebration, but ideally, it shouldn't have to exist. Yeah, yeah. Like we should all just be equal and accepting. I think that, like, what's good for one person isn't good for another and people need to accept that everyone's different. [00:07:21] Yeah, Hi, my name's Halina Hinode, a colon. And this is an amazing celebration. 30 years. Wow. Since the homosexual law reform, we're here to celebrate today is an amazing amount of color. Excited people ready to celebrate shaking streamers, holding signs, doing all sorts of stuff. It's going to be fabulous day. [00:07:44] So were you involved in Laura? [00:07:48] No, come on. I was too young. [00:07:56] I would have been 18 at the time. So you say I have a really vivid memory of it. I wasn't out back then. And I think, you know, it gave you a little bit more courage [00:08:09] and awareness. [00:08:12] Yeah, I guess probably what my biggest thing at the moment is, I don't understand why the minister isn't expanding the records of criminal records for gay men. I think it's really wrong. You know, it certainly has an impact nowadays. And, you know, they can't travel overseas and all the rest of it. So yeah, I think we've still got a long way to go, and certainly within the trans community. And yeah, I'll be there for the long haul to support change. [00:08:42] So 30 years from now, what would be your ideal world? [00:08:45] My ideal world would be my granddaughter who's 10 years old. Yeah, goes to school with children who are completely accepting of all walks of life here. Title diversity. [00:09:04] Now, does everyone have the running order? Does everyone know what order you are in? In the parade? That's a thank you so much. You're the only one? Does everyone know you're my love's? Thank you sign up. [00:09:20] So I give them the number. Okay. [00:09:24] Listen. [00:09:26] Everyone Put your hand up. [00:09:36] Put your hands up. [00:09:40] safe. There's a group called safe. [00:09:53] That's it that my favorite one? Where are you? [00:09:57] Are you have you already done? So we all know what wearing [00:10:04] this flags if you want to carry them for the paper? [00:10:13] Are you listening? [00:10:18] Thank you. [00:10:21] We're going to start our speeches now. So I need you all to be quiet and your groups. If you can just be still for a minute. Our first speaker is prolific. And when I can, she supported our community a great deal. So it would be an honor. If you could all just be sure. And listen. That sign language for lesson. Yeah, oh, you can tell the body language Say that again? face. [00:10:55] So can I please have Jen logo up here, please. [00:11:10] It's a real honor to be here with all of us this morning, and it's 30 years on. [00:11:24] And I just want to start by acknowledging those people who 30 years ago, could not be public. lives were at risk on the streets, and in their homes, but being themselves, those lesbians and gaming and trans people who outed themselves publicly, and won the battle for us to stand here today. [00:12:05] And I want to acknowledge all those who have passed before. For the celebration to go forward, we still need to acknowledge those who have passed, and those who have died of suicides, and from hate crimes, those who died before law reform, and net struggle for change, and those who have died since as we still struggle, but the social change that we need to be able to be completely free. [00:12:50] We still have much work to do. So I'd like to just take one minute of silence, to acknowledge those whose lives have been lost in this process towards freedom, and human rights and equality. [00:13:09] Ladies and gentlemen, can we be upstanding for this, please? Thank you. [00:13:44] Thank you. [00:13:55] Next was our next speaker, Chris bishop. [00:14:02] If you're a coach, oh, that's hard one. My name is Chris bishop. I'm a National Party MP. I'm based out on the valley. I was elected to Parliament the last election I'm here on behalf of podcaster Bell, who's one of my colleagues in the National Party on a knowledge grant and Jen, Jen great fake. I agree with everything you said. I was four years old. In 1987, when homosexual law reform passed. I can't imagine growing up in a New Zealand and which it was not legal to express yourself it was not legal to love. And I want to pay tribute to the heroes in Parliament in those days who fought so hard and achieved. What was so obviously right, but not regarded. So at the time. Like Jay and we've got a long way store to go. We've got a lot of hard work to do. I personally am passionate about the issues that Jan talks and the issues that are being discussed here and being discussed in the last week. We've got a long way to go for quality and for systems. And for that fight for human rights. I am a fighter inside the National Party caucus and and our Parliament for that. I think community gatherings like this are important part of displaying that that acceptance on a daily basis. So it's great to be here. And I thank you for You're welcome. You're [00:15:32] just like Chris, I was only four year old to [00:15:36] shut up [00:15:40] my nerves I'd like to present now. [00:15:59] Tonight to make your coat at night. Cure Cotto. Welcome everyone, my name is Ed opinion. And I am the elected Queen of Annika Hill for 2016. I do see some of my loyal subjects here this morning. So pure, big shout out to the co founder that are here today. And we have in the pack. And I feel really privileged to be asked to speak today. And the theme of all the schedule out of the pack is community visibility and community participation. So I want to share with you some of the stuff that we do vinegar Hill. And it started in 1977 thanks to the very brave and courageous efforts of some gay men right back in the day. And it has now become an annual gay lesbian, transgender bisexual straight event where everyone kind of gives up to a huge bonfire and newsy celebration in Charlotte. And so you know what we've seen my packet for my my wife, actually, thanks to the legislation, when there's no I got married after 15 and a half years in January. [00:17:23] So that's the kind of stuff that this legislation has allowed us to do, you know, and it wouldn't be possible if you guys did not come here and gather and just show the support for the kind of, you know, for the changes that are happening. We've seen the changes have happened over the years where our final are coming with us to clinical Hill, it's definitely become a final event. We've got regulars that have been there. We've been here for 15 years, we've got people that have been there for 2030 years that are coming every year. Straight find out what coming trends are coming. It's a beautiful event. I think it says a lot about where we are today in terms of our community. So I just want to I was reading through gay nz.com and I found this article in the world which I just want to share with you before I [00:18:17] give up the stage where our next speaker and you know fun this [00:18:25] pry coil right girl is a columnist again nz.com and after a visit to going to get home run year one Christmas when you say this is what he wrote. And his blog on reconvened vinegar home to anyone who hasn't been no matter how badly the weather sucks. The people who are there definitely make the experience with it. There's a sense of camaraderie and togetherness that is very rarely experienced anywhere else. And it's a great way to meet new people that you wouldn't come across in your normal social circles. We Sandra get a bit stuck in our ways. And camping is a great way to get outside your comfort zone. And to make some new friends. Nothing means a new friendship faster than hopping up and down together outside someone stand in the rain first thing in the morning asking if you can borrow some toilet paper and it's going to the spirit in the togetherness and far no. Piper we will be hearing it vinegar differently this year. So in closing, I just want you to enjoy your day. Enjoy your night and have an awesome weekend Georgia [00:19:40] cuz I was thinking that [00:19:41] she want to go clamping they call it go to vinegar. Hello. [00:19:53] Hi, thank you. I hope I can [00:19:55] be heard. [00:19:58] I know so. So on behalf of Mountain Park, we just like to thank everyone for being here today. We're overwhelmed with the score and to see so many people it's amazing. Just a couple of practicalities before grant does his speech and then starts the parade for us. When we start the parade will be going down this way there are steps and the ramp. So just be aware that you can use the steps and the ramp and they will turn onto the waterfront will be walking along the waterfront to White Stallion Park. There are marshals all the way you can't get lost. And, and just to look out for each other. There's quite a lot of activity down on the waterfront. So just be careful as we walk through the public and just look out for each other and any problems flags up to our marshals. When we get into the park, we will ask the prey to stop a pause. So let's have fun, have fun and welcome us in with a poetry. So we will start and then have to find a find a welcome as before we carry on with the day's events. So thank you. [00:21:06] Greetings, everybody. I'm Brian Robinson, the MP for Wellington Central. [00:21:12] It's my job to kick things off today with fabulous [00:21:18] Can I can I just make one little comment at the stat which is Danny Chris has given great speeches. And it's fantastic from a parliamentary point of view to have people from different parties at this event, because it might not have been the case 30 or so years ago. So I really want to thank Chris and Jen. And we do have a great network of people now in Parliament working on issues for our community. But this day is about you. It's about the community because about 30 years ago, a wonderful man named Dean Smith started a gay what was then called the gay and lesbian fear at a new town scope. And that was when the whole campaign was underway. And people were under lot of threats and harassment. And that group in the community stood up and said, let's have a fear where we can celebrate who we are and promote the issues we care about. A couple of decades later, we moved into the square and civic square. And now we're at out of the park. And now we have this parade. And then as a tribute to every single community group and activists who has stood up and said, I'm proud of who I am. I'm proud of our community. So I want you all just before we start to give a huge round of applause to Dan Smith and those people 50 years ago. [00:22:44] There is no successful campaign to change anything in the world that hasn't started with people in the community. Today is your day. Today is the day to celebrate what we have in our community and reach through the forward for those rights for people who still don't have them. It is my great pleasure. I hope this works [00:23:04] out in the pack and the Wellington Pride Parade. [00:23:33] Investors [00:23:36] such a feature of Wellington. It's such an important part of the community. There's a lot of community people within the dramas and the dramas and all the good occasions so they're setting the pace for everyone. coming along. He runs smiling living with her mother marshals and the roller derby girls, which is cool. Behind them we can't quite see but there's definitely a lot of rainbow flag some outrageous is Polly fella coming in behind this, which is co everyone's sort of enjoying it essentially a really good atmosphere here today. And everyone is here to have some fun and celebrate such an important milestone. So yeah, that's quite a bit. [00:24:14] And there's a bunch of different groups of same schools out there all lining up. Ladies, come on. [00:24:21] Talk to me about visibility and the importance of visibility. Visibility is super [00:24:25] important. I mean, you know, I had met really young and there were so few people that you could see and look to as examples of how you might lead a good life. [00:24:33] And that's changed so much now. So we've got just such a diverse community and they're all out today and it's exciting. [00:24:46] So we've got some fabulous drag queens driven by volunteers which is co [00:24:56] behind [00:24:59] us here represents he's got his banner up with some amazing makeup, we've got the official out in the park with this goes accurate right behind them, which is really cool. Yeah, this is a lot of makeup. So a lot of excitement. And we're loving the rainbow braces which coming through. We got coming up behind them. We've got transform, which is a really important group for young people. And it's giving visibility to young people looking at gender inside out. It's so cool when I you know, like I look back to even 20 years ago in terms of the visibility for young people was so sort of limited and it was really hard to see others like you. And now this is big groups, which is great ultraviolet coming through as well and all their fantastic purple. Who else just keeps coming. There's more and more people. It's great. Sufficient benefit schools out. Yeah, I'm loving that everyone's got like, you know, their outfits and stuff on for today to describe some of the outfits. And so we've got we've got headbands, I just saw a bunny rabbit go pass us we've got lots of amazing makeup and glitter, and the drag queens looking fabulous with wigs and platforms and all sorts of bright colors. And then as we described the outfits a lot of people with loose outfits going on, although there is a lot of you know, plaid shirts going on. And it's you know, it's kind of beautiful. And then we've got a piece at PSA coming through her do so much for people in the workplace and you know how workplaces create good environments for gender diverse and queer people which is awesome. So we got color the glamour phones, we love the glamour phones, like they, you know, always seen the right turns around Wellington. [00:26:38] I'm just gonna, I'm just gonna go. [00:26:42] Thank you so much to [00:26:50] all these people pity is bad. [00:26:53] JOHN, can you just introduce yourself and tell me how it's all going? Oh, well, this is absolutely marvelous is 30 years ago, we would never have been this would happen. This is from the prime movers and getting a fair off the ground for fair law. And look where we are now. But [00:27:07] no changes we say. Yeah, this is ground to be wonderful. I mean, it's just so important and the gay community of us visibility. And I just feel quite emotional and moved, that so many people are turning out today. Did you ever think 50 years ago that that this would be happening today? 30 years ago, we were battling with the T shirt mean, I don't know if you've heard about them. Those are the guys that used to go around with the T shirts on to muscle boys. The father was a fundamentalist preacher, a Christian and a great realm of gay plus gay and on the equals aids and on the backstop homosexual law reform. [00:27:58] I don't see it. I don't see any aunties. It was so good. [00:28:10] On Alex, [00:28:14] and we are marching with so many young people were so amazing to see I think it's the best time that ever been this mini. [00:28:24] Just a lot of people. [00:28:26] What does it feel like? [00:28:28] It just feel so amazing. Like visibility, if if we had this much visibility in everyday life, like people watching on and recognizing and acknowledging that [00:28:39] it just feels so good to be on one part of [00:28:45] it was like it feels like it [00:28:50] feels like so nice, like [00:28:55] so many young people here, I think this is the most young people out in the pop culture. It's just so awesome. [00:29:03] Why do you think that is why so many young people here today? [00:29:07] I think it really shows that the support that the groups in Wellington, so inside out goes out. And all of the high school creature Alliance groups that have started doing is working and people are feeling more comfortable to to be out and to be part of the community and [00:29:37] what do you see? What do [00:29:39] I see? I see. My friends, [00:29:45] my friends. [00:29:51] And I see a really large group of people, which I can't imagine what live in Wellington. I thought that there would be fewer people than that, but so exciting. Yeah, it's amazing. It's my first Pride Parade ever. We don't have it in Vietnam, and I hopefully I wish that one day would have it in my home country too. Yeah. [00:30:18] Karen, how's it going? [00:30:20] I think really well. We got a much bigger turnout than we thought and battle cards are leading us fantastically. So the atmosphere feels great [00:30:28] at the front of the phrase

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