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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by Friday and [00:00:05] So this morning, we're at Parliament. It's the way that his cleared up. It's been pouring all way. And we have this as literally stopped raining 20 minutes ago. And that's nice no breeze know when which is rare. And we're here for International Day Against Homophobia by phobia transphobia and into six phobia. Yeah, and from my perspective, all the kind of care that means prayers we've been saying, for our rainbow God's to shine down on us have come true. I mean, it's a very special day today. For a couple of years now we've been able to fly the rainbow flag, but today to also fly our transfer Girl by flag and to six plague, which really does encompass all of our rainbow communities. I think it's something that was New Zealand should be incredibly proud of. So I do want to take the opportunity to thank Mr. Speaker, because in fact, he is the one who's made this possible. And already there's a massive gathering of people. So hippie, Idaho, but day everybody. [00:01:03] Yeah. [00:01:04] And don't forget your pink shirts tomorrow. [00:01:07] So we did this come from what's the history of the flakes wanting a problem. [00:01:11] So the history of the flags flying at Parliament really started with the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform. That was the face of a time the rainbow flag it being flown. Last year, our cross party rainbow group as Mr. Speaker if we could fly the rainbow flag on a holiday. And he consented and this year, we've expanded as I see it to false flags. One of the ongoing Christians is about indigenous representation. And it will happen I don't think there is a generic indigenous Ryan by fake across the world. So we would have to look at what that flag is for for our CML to New Zealand. And to be honest, I think it is the keynote on a teeter totter flag. because technically part of find out how cool anyway, so if we were to have one, that would be the flag. [00:01:59] What is the signal evidence of flying flags and parliament. [00:02:02] And it really highlights the government support towards their communities. And it takes it from that like literally supportive phase to actually like we're doing everything we can to show that we're here we care we're visible, and that we are wanting to make a difference in our wider community. And I think by working and pushing really hard to get more flags out here is really great. Oh, no, I agree. I think that the relationship that Parliament actually his with her rainbow communities has been consolidated since establishment of our cross party group, it's great to see the Human Rights Commission here, in fact, and they are going to become more of an active partner and enabling us to come together. And I'm more of a critical link with their community, because a lot of the issues we continue to fight for our human rights issues. There are issues to do with our public services are we sufficiently supported, and our education system and our health system and our justice system? So the partners that we have actually reinforce the theme this year, which is alliances for solidarity. And so we know now as a community that we're not alone, that we're 100% supported, I believe, by those institutions, including parliament. So I'm incredibly proud of our community. Yeah. And like shout out to Lewis, who is actively push for better rights within our community. And isn't just the whole generic. homosexuals need more rights is actually everything gets the wider community, the trans community, the community, the by community, and the gay community. [00:03:38] If somebody couldn't be here today, would you have any special message for me? [00:03:42] I think my spiritual message is really that there are a lot of us out and proud. He had a support, please don't ever feel like you're alone. Actually, we're a pretty strong solid group of people that are always available to tight open spots we say our young ones who just realizing who they are, I mean, they're incredibly vulnerable, some of them. So I know that you're never alone. Yeah. And that your identity is valid. It's real. And it's important. It doesn't matter what anyone else is, that identity is yours, and you can do with it, whatever you want, not what others tell you to do. [00:04:18] Could you just describe for me what the significance of the flags being flown to Parliament today. [00:04:24] And for me personally, that there is going to be under six flag raised this morning, I've been a member of the rain, big community, all my life. But as far as I know, this is a first in the world has never been into six flag raised in front of a parliament anywhere. So historic, wonderful, [00:04:43] exciting. [00:04:45] So it's an important morning, we are thinking about homophobia transphobia. And so there's two parts to today the celebration and excitement but actually calling out the fact that these issues still exists New Zealand, and we've still got more work to do. [00:05:03] Or we're raising four flavors morning outside parliament, the rainbow flag, the translate the by flag and the intersex flag as money said, Speaker Trevor mallet has graciously agreed to to do that. And we're just really excited to see that kind of representation outside of our house of representatives. [00:05:21] What are the flags means you personally, [00:05:25] I'm a trans person, a trans guy. So as well, I'm really excited that there's going to be my flag flying today outside. [00:05:35] Say for me, because of my age, I came up under the rainbow flag. So a queer identified person all my life. I'm also non binary. So the transgender flag has meaning for me. But I guess what touches my heart this morning is that under six flag is if you like it's the newest kid on the block. And I'm just proud that it will also be flying along side the other three flags this morning. [00:06:03] I feel like it's a it's a symbolic acknowledgments. I mean, it is only one [00:06:10] one gesture. And there's there's a lot else which goes around this gesture to make it really critical and meaningful. [00:06:19] But would this have happened 510, 15 [00:06:23] years ago? Yeah, I think it's really, really significant just to have visibility, support, and not to only have visibility, but but it is. Yeah, that's a good place to stay. And [00:06:34] so yes, we're here on the Thursday, the 17th of May, which is not only budget day here at Parliament, but we're celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia by phobia and transphobia. And this is at least the second time it's been marked here Parliament with a ceremonial raising of flags, but this morning, we are going to be flying for flags, the rainbow flag, the flag, the flag and the into six flag. And we've invited representatives of gender and sexual minorities community from around the country to be here with us to celebrate it. Lewis the wall will be hosting and yeah, we're ready for a bit of a bit of a celebration here. [00:07:11] Why is it significant to to have a flex raised on the full quarter Parliament? [00:07:15] Well, it's I suppose that the principle is that it symbolizes that New Zealand [00:07:21] in terms of its policy, and its its government attitude towards human rights, is that, [00:07:29] you know, qualities and trying to now and the way that we do things here, so the fact that it's flying right outside the Houses of Parliament is about as as official endorsement of the sentiment that you could get [00:07:41] to your knowledge. Are there any other community flags that are raised on the full called upon? [00:07:47] To my knowledge? No, the only flags that are typically raised at Parliament, our country flags for visiting delegation. So if there's a group coming from the Philippines, for example, we'll put up the Philippine flag. [00:08:02] This [00:08:04] is unusual, I believe in the sense that we're not flying geographical flags were flying flags represent communities. [00:08:12] So how did you get involved, but then the executive assistant to Lewis a wall and she often dreams up crazy and brilliant ideas like this. So yeah, I believe she she took the reins on this event last year and just do it success. And her continued involvement with the community is doing it again. And I'm along for the ride. [00:08:30] And you mentioned earlier about some groups that are going to be attending today. Can you tell me who's going to be Tina? I [00:08:36] certainly can I can, I can do my best we're going to have representatives from New Zealand base foundation inside out sexual abuse prevention, Mental Health Foundation, various student associations, we got rainbow youth, and of course, the Human Rights Commission who had been basically co organizing this whole thing along the way. If somebody couldn't be here today, and you help me search for them would that be love love for everyone basically, that's that's it. [00:09:07] Very shortly the flags are about to go up but the first one to go will be the New Zealand flag. And then and then followed by as the rainbow flakes. And I understand that that we got up one by one. And as that happens as each one goes up, there'll be a Karama to the flames Kawasaki. Tonight, basically it's lifting it up to to the universe. [00:09:28] And then once you have done I understand we've got a Roku here to to attain quota data. And then once once that we've done the full flakes and the waiter. 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[00:13:21] with you. [00:14:16] Bye. [00:16:46] Tim, what is it like seeing the before flags flying on the fourth quarter Parliament today? [00:16:51] Well, it reminds me the last time I saw rainbow flag flying from here with actually over the door of Parliament against the rules when the destiny march was parliament and 5000 guys in black shirts coming up here. And Georgina by and remind my partner and a few others managed to get a rainbow flag flying of Parliament just to make the point. So I think became a few days since since then that would be 2004. So yeah, I mean, 14 years, not in a generation. And there's this wonderful sense of acceptance. There's always a way to go. But I mean, I think we have made extraordinary strides between getting getting some sense of legality and getting those fundamental rights and then almost the same length of time until we're we're now here and we're proud and we're open. [00:17:38] What are some of the things that still need to be striven for? What are some of the issues still, [00:17:42] I think probably the only the only Law Reform one which is fundamental is the adoption issue, which has got caught up in a much bigger adoption reform matter. But I think we have a government now with the the mindset to change that. And apart from that, it's really about implementation. It's always about I mean, whether it's set sensitive policies around suicide around schools around a whole lot of other environments is just making sure that we are recognizing that were there that were named, but we're, we're consultant, and they were part of the conversation. And I think having having a bunch of MPs, not only actually not only lesbian and gay, transgender MPs here, but also those, I mean, most of the MPs attended this morning on from any of those categories, actually, people who are actively and warmly supportive that is, it's actually fascinating to see that you've got employees here, right across the spectrum. So whereas a national MP is used to turn over these things, where you can predict which ones are going to come now these these this stuff is pretty much mainstream. So that that sensor struggle is a lot more subtle than it used to be it was pretty over pretty angry. And now it's it's in the background the odd person says dumb things but I think we leave it often for the media to condemn them and I think the media room so shifted on this one. [00:18:58] If somebody couldn't be here today, what would be a message for them? Do you think? [00:19:04] I think the message is this is the most powerful institution in the land, but in in the space of just over one generation really, it's moved from having massive petitions being presented on the steps against our right to exist rolling through to a situation where where the flags fly outside where Parliament embraces i i lesbian, intersex, gay, transgender bunch of activists and I think that's all that's not a wonderful so [00:19:38] can you [00:19:38] describe what it's like seeing these flags up here? [00:19:41] Oh, look it's just fantastic it's you know, I think the fact you've got employees from basically across the parliament here and obviously on the national rip on the cross party relevant rainbow network got Andrew flown here and was just coming to Parliament I'm Nicola wallets, who's just stumbled upon those well for national I think the fact you've got the whole Parliament here represented I think that's the most important thing that's that's Parliament sign that we want to be a country of impulsivity. We want to be a country that recognizes diversity, we want to be a compassionate society and allow everyone to fulfill their potential and no matter what background they come from no matter what gender they are in the middle of sexuality they are so you know, it's it was called out lifting to stand here this morning and I was the sun comes up to watch the Facebook at the same time. What about you, Andrew? [00:20:24] All a wonderful I mean, is Christine just to shine, just a sign for us as a parliament that we are as often as we can be to all peoples all backgrounds, and information ump, just getting crossing in meetings, we deal with a handful backgrounds and being as close as we can. [00:20:40] Yeah, like the celebration of diversity in a statement of impulsivity, and it's a great way to start the day. [00:20:46] What is it like seeing the for flags flying at Parliament? I think it's incredibly beautiful. And I I'm really surprising, [00:20:54] a little surprised by how symbolic it feels, to me to see the two New Zealand flags mean the by flag, the insects bag, the rainbow flag and the trends like it feels like an absolute kind of display of the beauty of diversity and who we are as a country. [00:21:14] Well, I was in tears, basically, when the rainbow flag means up. And I just [00:21:21] I'm just on my speeches. And I was also looking at the top for the beehive and saying thank you to sender. And I think it's symbolic, the by flag went up first because to be honest, in their community, the the biggest minority and they have no visibility whatsoever. And then enter six one which is like, again, you know, the right at the back of the queue, and they need the most help, because nobody understands what he's even heard of them. Look at the rainbow flag, which is the whole center of our universe. And then the trends flag which is dislike for as trans people who like we've been waiting decades for some help from our community, because, you know, basically, Allah expectancies probably about 20 years less than the average person in this country. So we expect big things from the government, and they sit there going to deliver and we're going to hold them to that cure. [00:22:11] I don't know, I just saw her inspires, you know, there's nothing, especially seeing the communal spirit and seeing kind of one like low key cheer. When they like everything's being raised. I don't know. It's just, it's good to know, there's like, a hive mind, I guess. And that's kind of like drowning head on over to climate, you know what I mean? I don't know. I'm just too early to be inspirational, like. [00:22:35] Jane, can I just ask you if somebody couldn't be here at this morning to see the flags raise? What message would you give to them? [00:22:41] Well, that, [00:22:42] I guess, our diverse communities, part of the work of Parliament, and it's fantastic to see them reflected on four courts. And that this is, I guess, part of leadership is to be bring our communities that have been locked out into [00:23:05] this place that is supposedly the place of representatives and that's really beautiful to see that kind of the dawn rise and NF legs rise for a better future. I don't know. It's a bit cheesy, but it's kind of Yeah, it feels cool.

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