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Charlotte Gamble-Stott (ANZ) - Out in the Park (2018)

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride nz.com. So we're currently at out in the park, I see a lot of people that are really happy shaking hands. It's a very cute atmosphere, it's really light. So it's nice and just everyone's coming together and just kind of sharing what they love. And it just so happens to love each other. And who you with today, shall I. So I'm with my workplace INZ. And my head's just blowing off. So we're basically here just offering free cash out for everyone. We've got some floor mats, we've got some Hold tight wristbands, because it's been a really big campaign we've been pushing at the moment. So we basically just here supporting all the prior to people and just making sure that they know that the banks behind them as well. So tell me about the whole type campaign. What is that? Um, so without crying, I don't know if I could. But the whole tight campaign is basically a big campaign that he has been running across the Tasman, where most people have felt that if they've been holding hands in public that they've been silently judged, or even sometimes forcefully judged. So what we are trying to say is that hold tight, because if you keep holding, everyone's going to be supporting you. There are some people that unfortunately, are not going to change, and they're going to view you and judge you. But we are behind you. And so is everyone else. So that's what the whole type campaign is about. So Has that ever happened to yourself personally, in terms of being judged by holding hands, I'm going to be honest, it's never happened to work. My work is lovely. And it's never happened outside because I feel like while maybe not as a whole Wellington is just a wonderful place to be for anyone. Right, from my perspective. So what is INZ like to work for in terms of kind of rainbow LGBT communities? Um, well, honestly, the fact that we're here today kind of speaks volumes about what HZ will support and the fact that they've got all these internal things to support LGBT Q. As soon as I came out as transgender, I got so many emails from my bosses and their bosses saying, hey, if you ever need any support, I even had one of my like, higher up bosses, where I work, come around and be like, Hey, you know, if you're struggling or anything like that come to me directly. And I was honestly quite surprised and scared, because that's my boss's boss's boss. And I'm like, thanks. So, honestly, AMC is wonderful to work for. And without seeming completely self serving. I honestly love working for them whether or not I am right. So what was the like, kind of receiving those emails? Because I mean, were you expecting that? No, I was kind of expecting it to just be like, under the table, like just swept under the carpet like, okay, that's cool. That doesn't really matter. But it was kind of more than that. It was kind of like, Okay, you've shown the strength. Because the reason I did come out was there was a big post on our little internal system saying, the whole time campaign is going on, have you ever felt discouraged? Have you ever felt scared? How did you come out? Tell, you know, just share your experiences. And this is internal. So this is not an external goal. And so there were a lot of people that were just sharing their experiences, and I decided to do the same. And that's basically how it came out to my whole workplace is just explaining, because I didn't think that it would go to everyone, but everyone has seen it, and everyone, you know, my colleagues are going okay, so this is what you would like to be referred to. And, you know, the boss came around and said, Hey, you know, we accept you, that's perfectly fine. If you need any sort of help with your transition, let me know. So it was honestly quite surprising, but in a very, very good way. [00:03:18] So what does a day like today mean for you? [00:03:22] Honestly, it doesn't really mean that much to myself as a whole, just because of all the support I've always had. But it means that I can actually come here and show that I am supportive of other people like I do that on a daily basis. But this is just more so to say, Here I am here. This is me. And I'm also seeing you as you are, and you are accepted by myself and so many other people. So I'm just here to basically get in the culture, make sure that everyone understands that they are loved. And if I can help in any way, shape and form with doing that lovely and that's perfectly fine. What would you say to somebody that maybe can't be here today, for whatever reason? I would say you're still loved. Even though you can't make it to the physical location. You are still here in spirit and we still all love you and thank you so much for being yourself.

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