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Hikoi to Out in the Park (2018)

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by Friday and [00:00:05] And we are a search query and we're here for Wallington practice. The opening of out of the park is for the LGBT plus community is for everyone Puffin, Wallington and [00:00:25] young and old people can come and join. [00:00:28] Is this the first part of it you've been to. [00:00:30] And this is probably my second one, and Wallington paint one and preparing me. [00:00:37] That was more of a sort of community base, and parka Reiki, and they try to set a world record. [00:00:48] I don't know if they achieved it or not. [00:00:51] It was a world record. Was it for the shortest pride walk? [00:00:58] That's on the tapes of fun. [00:00:59] Yeah, I [00:01:01] really enjoyed ourselves. And [00:01:04] so why do you think these kind of pride events are important? [00:01:08] And sort of, for all of our rights, and you know, everyone has rights and stuff? [00:01:16] Portland and stuff? [00:01:19] And for you both, is this the first pride of it, you've been [00:01:24] sued for me? Yeah. And you just come here to support Kayla. And young, really, young people sort of have the freedom that they're getting their days? Yeah, it's a really good thing. So hopefully, it sort of continues, you know, eventually, it'll be just just part of society won't be different. You know? [00:01:45] Can you see that changing society? I can [00:01:47] see that? Yeah, I think everyone's gonna be the same eventually. And this is just the beginning. So [00:01:54] y'all see the future as sort of a very liberated, much more open minded. [00:02:01] Can you describe the kind of feeling that you get from these kind of events? [00:02:07] Well, that's different, but most people [00:02:11] yeah. [00:02:15] Yeah, also really feel sort of pilot like part of it. And I just sort of feel accepted. This is nice feeling it is? Yeah. [00:02:26] Yeah, like meeting different people from different cultures, and [00:02:32] fitting in with everyone from my community. [00:02:36] It's good to meet our people. [00:02:41] If somebody couldn't be here today, for whatever reason, would you have a message for them? [00:02:47] And it's gonna say, be yourself and don't be scared of who you are and stuff. [00:02:55] Continue to believe in what you believe in. [00:03:00] So what do you think the reason for holding a pride pride a walk? [00:03:05] Um, I reckon LGBT people need to know that there's other people out there. And it's just a great [00:03:12] it's a safe place. And [00:03:16] it's a place where we can all come together and celebrate our differences. [00:03:21] And so today, who you matching with, [00:03:23] I'm watching for inside out, which is an organization that helps LGBT youth in New Zealand. And I volunteer for them. [00:03:30] Fantastic. And so in terms of volunteering, what what kind of work to do, [00:03:33] I'm just this month I handled the receipts. Um, I made this beautiful sign. I've helped out at like school events, fundraisers, all sorts of things. [00:03:46] So why is it important for groups like inside out to exist? [00:03:50] Um, well, the organized, the founders realized that they weren't enough organizations focused on LGBT youth that was really needed in our country, because even though we're quite progressive, there was this still heaps of issues, and inside out have slowly been combating that, but there's still ages to go, but they've been really good. [00:04:13] What has inside out given to you [00:04:15] every other run the shift who he which is, it just feels like going home. It's like a, [00:04:22] like a camp for a few days for LGBT youth. And it's just amazing. Everyone feels like family, and it feels like home. And LG, inside out has just helped me do exist more safely. And happily. [00:04:37] That's the kind of feeling I also get from so like pride events as well, but just kind of roll since a family. I mean, is that the kind of feeling that you get? [00:04:44] Absolutely. That's the reason I come. [00:04:47] So Karen, what [00:04:48] are we up to you? So we're just at the beginning of the walk. Starting in civic square, at the moment, we're just getting the flax together, because we've got [00:04:55] our got like 10 flags that represent [00:04:57] different parts of our community. So we just want to get the flex together so that we can take them on the walk. [00:05:02] So these are the plagues will be leading the parade? [00:05:05] Yeah, probably. [00:05:06] And again, just as a way of obviously, haven't seen really visual to lead the parade, but also a way of just trying to represent our diversity. And so yeah, there's 10 flags, right, because they're representing a range of different groups. And so yeah, that'll lead will ask different people just hold them and tighten through to the park. And then we'll walk from civic square down into why tiny part. So join the rest of them down there. [00:05:27] Amazing colors people wearing today? It's very vibrant. [00:05:30] Yeah, absolutely. I mean, it always is. But I think particularly this year, because they've promoted it as a youth, you know, children and youth walk. And I just think that children and young people just always come out looking amazing. And just so full of energy and vibrancy. So I think they look really colorful, also, they just bring a different energy, I think as well. So although the walkers and everybody we are, you know, we are hoping that there's lots of young people and children here today. [00:05:59] If somebody can't be here today, what would be the message from you to them? [00:06:02] So especially for young people and children, I guess, what we're hoping is, is that it gives that message of it's okay to be who you are. And also that there are plenty of other people around that you can connect in with. And I think that's one of the most important things about today is that people do get to see that there are other people that maybe they identify with, or maybe they just get to meet some new people. But there are other people out there. And there's so many great groups and organizations for well for everybody, but particularly for young people and children, I think so hopefully, that's the message they get is that there are things I can come and get involved with, or come and speak to people they can just come and speak to, or even just watch from afar if they're not ready to be fully in it at the moment. So So for people that aren't here, I'd say just look out and get involved when you can. [00:06:50] Yeah, I see like people just being in a space where they can feel comfortable with themselves and just being truly themselves and like being proud. [00:07:00] Just so many people being themselves and having really beautiful outfit certain thing and some site that makes my heart really happy. [00:07:08] And kind of numerous flags. Can you tell me which likes we can see? [00:07:11] Oh, so many and we were actually just naming a few of them. But of course the classic rainbow flags so many of those. But even get more specific like like lipstick lesbian fives gender queer flags, and to Six Flags. flags. A sexual flags. Yeah, Jamie sexual flags like this. Just every flag I can think of [00:07:31] is around. [00:07:34] And so is this the first time you marched on a break? [00:07:37] I'm not the first last year was my first but this year is my first as a confident queer. [00:07:44] Yeah, last year was also my first we went together last year as well. So yes, [00:07:50] it's really cool. Coming back to it. Yeah. [00:07:52] So tell me what was the first time like, [00:07:56] I felt really uplifted. It was just not long after I was sort of discovering sexuality and stuff. And the amount of acceptance I felt was just really amazing. And it made me it really encouraged me to be myself even more. Yeah, it was a big turning point in my life. Yeah. And it felt incredibly validating. Like, I felt like yeah, this is who I am. And I'm so comfortable here. And it was like I was kind of home. [00:08:21] Like I felt really, really comfortable. [00:08:23] Yeah, absolutely. For sure. I do definitely reflect on it. I still look at the pictures that we took last year of me just like shyly posing with the flag. And yeah, let's see, I get to come with my girlfriend. And it's amazing. Yeah, you basically said, Nothing really bad for that. It just is amazing. Like, I just love it. [00:08:43] So what do you think some of the biggest issues still facing kind of rainbow queer communities are today. [00:08:49] Um, there's still people that aren't as accepting. And I think as understanding especially I think the trans community is really underrepresented in like media and things like that. It's some that we can definitely do more for and every day, do more to recognize secret. Yeah, yeah, I agree. It's like, [00:09:09] you know, I think we're getting there. But there's still a lack of representation for a lot of people who aren't like, just like homosexual, where that I find is getting a lot more representation, then people who have more like, say, what people would say complex sexuality is like a sexuality or Demi sexuality and things like that. And I think, yeah, just close mindedness is still an issue that, like, we're still trying to break the barriers of. Yeah. [00:09:37] So if somebody couldn't be here today, for whatever reason, what would be the kind of message you'd want to give them? [00:09:43] That just be yourself? I guess that's just a really like, cheesy, easy little message. But I mean, even if you look at pictures from today, know that everyone here is supporting you, and everyone is definitely going to be welcoming. Yeah, and you're not alone. Yeah. [00:10:00] So what do these kind of pride events mean to you? [00:10:03] To me, it's, it's, it's a whole mixture of things, I guess it's remembering where we've come from celebrating our culture, ourselves. And I'm just coming together in unity to, to share and let pride, visibility. And um, you know, I know we've been on about the youth, but it is about, you know, total. [00:10:26] So you're in the E. coli this morning. And then what does the rest of the day hold for you? [00:10:31] Probably some nasty sunburn, hoping they'll be candy floss. Now just catching up with people that you know, you might only see at pride, or a few notes throughout the year, or who you haven't seen in ages because they've been away. But yeah, also checking out what community groups from all around the region are there and supporting them however, we can just been together one big [00:10:54] crowd lock. If there was somebody that couldn't be here today, for whatever reason, you know, would you ever like a message for the [00:11:03] DNA? Yeah, for whatever reason, gosh, you're here. You know, if you want to be here, you're here with us. And we were there with your friends for everybody everywhere. [00:11:13] So Chrissy, um, can you describe for me what you can see in front of us? [00:11:19] Oh, awesome. I have a great collection of queer happy and very prideful folks here. Lot of us it's great. And I expect that we're going to get a really good pride for it today. Have you been spinning appropriate? [00:11:34] Yeah, I could feel and I'm also involved in particular he pride which we do an overlay but we came in so we'll be doing a big feast of all again this year on net pride pride be nice so yeah, it's one of my one of my things now. [00:11:52] So this is the fiscal off the coast we're you did you break the world record for the [00:11:57] US Yes, we have the world's shortest Pride Parade so we have a bit of a warm up first down the down the bride and then we get actually anti cop and we go across the crossing which we are trying very hard this year to get our rainbow crossing and Parker leaky. So we're going to organize a meeting and a discussion soon on that. [00:12:15] So how long is the shortlist Pride Parade? [00:12:19] Actually, I can't tell you I haven't made it up. But it was just crossing and it was quite a small straight beach riders guys quite narrow but we certainly rocket [00:12:28] Oh yeah. And I heard there was a huge crowds last year. How big was it? [00:12:34] Was a good amount of pie call Can you I am plenty of people from around and about so we're hoping to grow the the festival every year. So yeah. [00:12:43] Why is it important to have festivals right throughout the country rather than just like saying the main seem to this. [00:12:48] I think it shows that we've got you know, quick Wi Fi everywhere and that we we are proud and we are the end that we need to still actually battle homophobia we need to battle a lot of preachers so so I think it's really important that actually people you know, get out there and and show the colors. [00:13:06] What's the kind of feeling you get from pride parades or private means? [00:13:11] great sense of community. [00:13:14] People banding together everybody being happy being themselves being true to themselves. [00:13:20] When did you start missing? Rainbow be nice. [00:13:22] I started doing the rainbow hits that two months before pride and park. So that's October and not 60 out and Tomas Yeah, I'm a bit of an obsessive another and raise $300 for our spaces, which is you know, the LGBT q use charity. So I'm doing that again. So I flunked my hits offer $25 a pop $5 every hit goes to our spices. [00:13:49] And so how long does it take you to make one [00:13:51] a good few hours. So I certainly watch mindless TV sometimes or you know, put YouTube on and that ain't on trying and in public spaces. But because craftivism as a thing toe and it's good to get those conversations out there. [00:14:06] So tell me more about that. How did you get into bed? [00:14:08] Okay, so I started nothing women's movement hits the penguins, and scheduling and public spaces, because you end up with those interesting conversations. And I was commuting to enter the city all the time. So downtime was nothing time. And a friend of mine who Val little who is involved with the whole packet pride thing and a lot of events. She threw her pink one to Cyndi Lauper at the Cyndi Lauper concert last year. So I am a craft of us to the stars as well. And I just ended up with all my various colors of wolves last year and not myself pride hit another my favorite one and I knew that go off and park so it's become a thing. It's become a thing. [00:14:51] So cool. So tell me if somebody can't be here during the Friday call you or afternoon square. For whatever reason, what would you say to them? [00:15:01] know that there is a really great community and a really strong community. [00:15:06] Hey, yo, like, just be yo and in in all of your life how you want to? And yeah, they perhaps [00:15:15] we can say lots of queer people, [00:15:18] young and older. [00:15:21] And so I should say young at heart. [00:15:25] Lots of rainbow flags. [00:15:28] A little girl in a rainbow skirt, and [00:15:31] lots of quite happy people. [00:15:34] There's so much color is amazingly [00:15:36] Yeah, there is lots of rainbow colors. [00:15:39] So have you have you done? Have you participated in a lot of private means? [00:15:42] Yes. [00:15:43] I love the fear. I love the parade. I love going to the parade first and then the fear and [00:15:52] just catching up with everybody feeling proud. And he just feel really good to be part of a community. [00:16:00] So what was the earliest pride of inch that you've been to [00:16:04] 100 years? [00:16:08] quite a long time ago. I may be young at heart, but I'm very old. But I mean, the response must have changed from the public. [00:16:16] Yes, definitely. [00:16:18] The response has definitely changed from the public. I was involved with the protests about the homosexual law reform. And my God, His response changed. Show me what it was like back then. Well, it was a pretty hard time there was so much bigotry coming out of the woodwork. I was appalled. [00:16:37] So you have to walk past non Jones on the corner with his table with all his awful stuff. And the Salvation Army petition. It was really quite horrible, quite yuck. Knowing what a lot of people were thinking about us. And we went on the big match. But my mother wants you to come and I see to hear don't come because I was afraid for his safety. But it actually was fine. And it was really empowering and all sorry that I told her not to come. [00:17:05] But [00:17:06] because I was proud that she wanted to come. But I yeah, it was just say the word no guarantees that destiny church was out there are all sorts of people. So you know, it's a little bit intimidating. But we won. So, [00:17:21] so good. [00:17:23] It's quite amazing to think that actually, that was only 50 years ago. A huge change really is [00:17:27] Yeah, it is. And I was so proud to be and glamour phones and be singing and celebrating at Parliament for the CD year anniversary. I was so proud to have been part of both That was awesome. [00:17:40] Is this the first he call you or Pride Parade? You [00:17:44] know, I have been on a few of them. Over the years, I was a secondary school teacher. And so as a teacher of waste products really important to [00:17:53] walk and parades like this to be a sort of visible role model for young people. And although I don't teach anymore, I now work for the secondary teachers union. So that's what brings me here this year, we've got a group walking and the parade. [00:18:06] So do you think it's changed much for rainbow LGBT kids in school nowadays? [00:18:12] I think there's definitely been some shifts if I think back to even when I started teaching 20 years ago, I think it was difficult for kids to be lesbian or gay in schools. And it was kind of odd, you know, it was seen as a rear sort of thing. Now, I think there are still a lot of challenges for particularly our young trans people and young people in rural communities. And I'd probably say also in some of the more conservative or traditional kind of schools as well, particularly or boys, girls, I think a more challenging places for some of the young people. [00:18:45] And what about for rainbow LGBT IQ teachers. [00:18:50] That's been a, I think, a long journey. I know when I started teaching 20 years ago, I made a conscious decision not to be out while I was doing my teacher education, because I wanted to guarantee I got a job at the end. And as soon as I had a job I was absolutely out and the school that I was in. And I think that's shifted but and my role at PPT I still get calls from schools and teachers were teachers are having a bit of a rough time and schools. But I think it has a lot more accepting than it used to be. [00:19:16] So but you were obviously concerned that it might have an effect on on getting a job. [00:19:20] Yeah, 20 years ago differently. I don't worry about it. And I don't think that that issue exists in the same way now for lesbian and gay teachers. And I don't know about trendsetters is so few of them, I guess around. [00:19:33] Why do you think pride parades and pride festivals are important. [00:19:37] I think it's really important for public visibility for people to see for non queer members of the public to see the queer community out having a good time and just, you know, being normal because we are normal. But I think it's also really important for people in the community who are queer, who don't feel so confident or comfortable and being a being able to see themselves reflected. [00:20:03] Can you describe the feeling of participating and [00:20:08] I really enjoy it. And I was an Auckland last week for the Pride Parade. And I feel like our pride tourist and, and what I really loved about that was we were walking under the teachers with pride banner there as well. And it was fantastic the number of older people from the community who came up to us and say things like, gosh, I wish we'd had teachers like you and we're at school, but then also all along and along possibly, right all the young people that really cheered for the teachers, the sort of recognition that, you know, teachers, probably a bit of crusty old people to them, but that actually, you know, for a lot of them, they could see themselves reflected back, which was really nice. [00:20:47] Is this something that you would say to people that actually can't attend today for for whatever reason. [00:20:53] And I think [00:20:55] the reality is not everybody can be out and about and visible in the community in I know, when I go into schools to do workshops, there are teachers who, you know, slip me notes to say thank you for coming to the school, they don't feel confident enough to be out in the school. And you know, it must be the same and communities that there must be people who don't feel confident to be out. So I guess for them, it's just really important that they know that these sorts of events are going on and that there are people in the community who are the for them. [00:21:27] About Wellington, the organization that has organized the pride festival this week, and we are so excited to have this youth walk and community he coin to out in the park. From here. Brief history for you. The sphere has been running for over 32 years, started the new town via and 456 years ago, it was actually run here in civic square. And three or four years ago, they moved it out in part because it just keeps growing and it just keeps getting better. So I want to thank each and every single one of you for coming. Here. We are now Wellington failed it really important to have this little walk here from from the square involving the youth because the youth is the future. I know it's cheesy to say but it is and we need to make sure you guys have your place to stay in and have your say. So I'm going to pass over now to Stacey from inside out to say a few words. [00:22:20] Hi, everyone. I'm Stacy from inside out. And thank you all so much for being here. I think like you said, it's so important to have a youth walk like this because the youth are possibly the biggest part of our community. We're the ones who are going to be making change in the next 20 3040 years. And what I was thinking we could do is have a quick minute of silence for those who've lost their lives and fighting for the rights that we have today. Because I also think it's important to acknowledge that we are so lucky to be able to have events like this without fear. And they were people before us who who still had events like this but the was shrouded in fear. So a minute of silence please. [00:23:31] Wonderful Thank you so much. So I think it's time to get started Have a wonderful day say stay safe, stay safe wear sunscreen. Um I think the sun supposed to come out a little bit later hopefully and so have a good one. [00:23:46] Okay, what's gonna happen from here guys, we're going to follow all our pride flags that we have along the front here inside out team are holding them we're going to lead the way up we're going to follow the recipes we can drew and Pauline are going to lead us and we're going to have a great time you want be loud we want to be proud we want to have fun we're going to be made a white just at the entrance of why tiny part and and to find to find out it's going to welcome that he caught on to the park and in the official ceremony to begin so as they as a [00:24:16] given us to kind of clear and they are going we're gonna walk onto the front here. [00:24:21] All right. [00:24:58] A little bit daunting, a little bit daunting, but exciting. I mean, we're we're young people here and we're really excited to be able to represent [00:25:39] straight. [00:25:42] Straight, [00:25:44] straight, [00:25:46] straight. [00:25:58] Oh my god, exciting. [00:26:05] coming towards us, people giving me [00:26:09] very colorful, very lively. [00:26:13] Great to hear some new chats as we go along so people can really hear us and see us. And I'm actually quite happy to not be organizing this year so I get to stand out front. [00:26:39] Georgia studio

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