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Matt talks about MALGRA

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride in [00:00:05] Matt, can you tell us when you first started, I would have been in the mid 80s when I moved from Christchurch but [00:00:15] uh, yeah, it's an interesting time. It was an interesting space in and a whole group of new people. someone new, but many I didn't. [00:00:24] So we were you out when you first? [00:00:27] Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I was a little astonished how, you know, he was this organization and functioning so well having having come from, like, is a city we were being out with was cold, but there was still risks. And so I wasn't sure what [00:00:49] what the measure was here. [00:00:50] Unfortunately, I made up with really good people who were very good guys. And I mean, there were great people running this organization at that stage people like Peter and Kevin and, and eating and Bill and people like this, who who really see it, I guess, a good, solid framework for the organization, [00:01:13] what was the role of the organization? [00:01:16] I think it was, it was around ensuring that they will save, save venues or a safe place for people to make. [00:01:26] And certainly an opportunity for people to respond to that. What was then of course, the legal challenges that we were facing. [00:01:36] So it was an organizing and safe place supportive social. Well, yeah. [00:01:40] So there would there we've got organized monthly functions and that sort of thing. And they did, they're really, really well. But at the same time, there was a focus on our rights and, and the need to address those huge gets. And to actually address the fact that this time was still criminal offense will mean [00:02:01] Yeah, do you remember anything activities and mega would have gotten [00:02:06] around the social functions, anything? They were grand pad, he's really, really good Patty. [00:02:16] Patty, and, and, and lots of [00:02:21] focus, I think around [00:02:25] making sure that that, you know, people could get there that the information was there. But then as well, there was the realization in 8085, when friend wild step forward, and people started to respond to that. So really, people like Peter and Kevin had been, you know, quite, quite open about where they were at, and elevate themselves and educating different groups. And I think that was really valuable. How do people find out about me? How did I mean, I was advertised in most of the magazines like out and, and, [00:03:07] and the safe space? The space, as I remember was the back of the swearing. [00:03:10] Yeah, yes. [00:03:12] Beer, the PTC that was the one I knew to. And then, so the PTC runs, and then [00:03:21] later squaring age, when when will we started club kick? Yeah. [00:03:28] So what's the role of now? Now [00:03:30] now, so milk was moved, I think beyond providing specifically a nightclub. [00:03:38] And moving more toward recognizing that there are other needs people within our community and have that, I mean, I think the provision of space like a gay bar is, is probably not there for many, many people, but the need for a safe place, or its appointed to connect with others, Sylvia. [00:04:02] And that's an ongoing thing, I think, when people are identifying who they are, where they're at, and, and, and, and where they're at, with, with who they read that whole process [00:04:18] that each of us engages in our own way, I think having a neat way that people can connect with, and often they're going to, they may go to different agencies. So what Mel group is doing is connecting with their community much more. So we've kind of come out of the closet in many ways. [00:04:37] And we're much more open about who we are where we are. As Here we are at to Manoa. And so one of the things we developed was the clip farewell being network. And now they get paid well being network is about [00:04:53] working in partnership with our community. So we're not necessarily going to be providing all these amazing service is around the community. But there are people who are doing that. And what we want to do is to really support them in that role. And it can be a challenging process for many challenging role. So [00:05:14] when practitioners in native information or [00:05:19] a point of connection with others who is sharing that kind of work, it's really beneficial to have a good network and they can be pulled together at any time. [00:05:30] And [00:05:32] so so if they are professionals out around them on over to who who are in touch with someone who is queer identified or gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, yeah, if they are needing to get ahold of someone for some advice, [00:05:44] or puts people into Syria calm, [00:05:47] and people are doing this right. [00:05:51] And part of that, I think there's still a need for those baseline support groups, you know, those? And certainly for a young people, definitely, we need those. And so Margaret is looking at what is our role in this? And what do we need to do? Do we need to do it ourselves, and as a starting point, and so certainly looking at that, there were some [00:06:15] supports already added for, for [00:06:19] people who are engaging transitions. And the challenges experience in that and we're not in a position to work with them. That's not our best, but we do know, people. So again, it's recognizing there are some people who are who are identifying who they are, or speaking out about who they are at a later age. And while there is support for younger people, because now they have a responsibility, we're rolling around working with people who are in that older age group. Because like, I always think the needs we have or across the lifespan. That's great that those services the year of the year for us, but we [00:07:05] we can't forgive that. [00:07:07] You know that there are older people in our community, and we need to nurture them too. [00:07:13] And I think so looking at that, and then [00:07:19] thinking does Mel grenade to provide us and if it does, who who's to be as people to do it, and I always think people who don't venture and you always people. So linking into our own again. [00:07:32] And one of the other things we do is we think she year we have a symposium. So it brings Bacon's together, we bring experienced people together, and have them share their experience share their their community development skills and knowledge, their understanding. And one or two people can pick up on that. So last year, we had [00:07:55] and we will we had a good learning lesson and never do it ain't light, but we can't. Because everyone goes way. [00:08:01] Labor we can last year, we had great people like Manny and Tom. We had MTV and karma come through. And it was really good with you know, we had Awesome, awesome people and Jim [00:08:17] to come and speak to us and challenges and ask questions. And of course, it finished with our opportunity then to feed back to our local MP, and city council people. And also to have Lewis a wall join us. So we were able to feed back. So it kind of came to a conclusion with that. And then the ongoing challenge of moving on from there. So we're doing that and looking at how can we best make [00:08:50] Maytag community and make sure that our community is site. So when we talk about a safe place, we're not just talking about a social issue we're talking about within all countries. [00:09:01] So that symposium was for the 50th anniversary. Oh, no, there was there was just last year, we just did it yesterday, right? [00:09:09] Yeah. [00:09:11] So that was the symposium and this year, we're doing symposium to [00:09:18] be an interesting challenge. [00:09:19] What's that kind of picture? So, [00:09:21] again, we want to bring in speakers with their, their people we would love to involve, for example, in the military from around our community, to hear their experiences and learn. So the thing right, [00:09:38] so this move to Manoa it's not as if you've got an office space race pennant? [00:09:45] Can you tell us more [00:09:47] to be a really it's a place to be and [00:09:51] places this I think [00:09:52] within that broader spectrum that brought a rainbow of what is the man or two, if you look at to Manoa as really reflect that. Its community been tomato is most definitely doing that with us being here, from our point of view, but also gives us the opportunity to reach out and connect with others. [00:10:13] So previously, we've been in square inch. So we've been down the back of the the long line, which was safe for some people, but not a finger here for one. And then of course we were upstairs, which was sort of like phone calls it upstairs. And I think we've come out in so many ways. And this this is that. [00:10:36] I guess, [00:10:37] locating ourselves we're much more clearly within a broader community. [00:10:41] So you can access [00:10:44] Yeah, it's kind of lovely. That top trans exhibition is on it. The [00:10:49] biggest songs exhibition is young, very quick, and we had we had Rachel's exhibition, [00:10:54] and yeah, so you know, it's great to see this happening in Palmerston North Who would have thought that we would be doing this it's just really quite exciting.

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