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Jevon Wright - Queer History in the Making

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[00:00:00] This program is brought to you by pride in [00:00:05] Hi, I'm Kevin, I'm here with naming New Zealand and was transformed here at the event. I'm here because we were invited to come. And I think this is a great event with a lot of really key people both into generationally and into culturally. And just getting everyone in the same room is really speaking a lot of cool ideas. [00:00:26] To me, what is naming New Zealand. [00:00:28] So a museum is a brand new organization. And the idea is that if you're transgender, gender, queer, gender non conforming, and to six years, it can be quite hard to update your identity documents, even though that is a huge step in your process of becoming who you are. So New Zealand is looking at fundraising and helping these youth update the documents. [00:00:51] Why is it so hard, [00:00:52] there's two main issues, one of them is the costs, if you're, if you're a youth, it can be quite difficult to raise $150, just out of nowhere. And the second is that especially French and us there are a lot of issues, particularly with the medical medical system about how to meet the requirements that you have to go through. And we're also working on hopefully getting those improved. [00:01:13] So we did them in New Zealand come from [00:01:17] it was spawned over coffee really, with amazing Kate and Rosie from community law, and they wanted to do something small that would help the community in some way and and it just sort of snowballed from there. We've had fantastic response from the community. It's fantastic, just so much support. [00:01:36] So what what are you working on at the moment, [00:01:38] currently, our next we've just finished our first round of grant applications. So we had nine people applied. And two of them, unfortunately, were outside of Wellington. And we're focusing on wealth at the moment. But the other ones, we were able to fully fund with all the donations that we've raised from the last couple months. So we're in the process of going through the first round of actually seeing what it's like to have people with bad news documents. Once you get ready to commit change, it feels like you actually add who you are. And all the time before that you're actually feels like you're, you're pretending like you're living in this fake line. Once you have your identity sorted out. I just feel so powerful. You don't get offended. You don't get misnamed. You don't have as much difficulty applying for jobs or at schools or unis or banks, things like that. It's incredibly important. And us I like to think that it's like, you don't need to update your documents if you're if you're gay or lesbian. So why do you have to update your documents? If [00:02:34] you're trans? You're also here with another group transformed. Can you tell me about that? [00:02:40] That transform is a group that's been around for eight years. And it's mostly been a support group that meets every two weeks for transgender youth. So 18 to 30 ish. And the main focus has been on support. So just getting everyone in the room and people just meet each other and realize that we're all just normal people, just with different sort of issues. And over the last year, we've been looking at doing social events, I've been doing op shop trips, and we find out cool, very cool, which was really, really cool. And doing social, like coffees and going to the zoo, things like that. [00:03:12] So how long have you been part of transport? [00:03:15] I've been facilitating for about a year now. And I went originally went to transform about three years ago. And it was just was one of the best decisions that I made to actually just be around other people and realize I wasn't alone in this journey. [00:03:29] So over that three or four year period, have you seen a change in the kind of atmosphere I mean, other issues from three years ago, the same issues that we have now. [00:03:40] Are The World's getting better? Like it's improving all the time, there's still a lot of issues like we still have no actual support from the medical system. There's no department for trans people, Edwin possible. There's no support for gender queer, non binary people. But things are slowly improving. So me, like Nowadays, people, especially with people, like Caitlyn Jenner, people sort of know what trends might be. Whereas before it was this totally foreign concepts. [00:04:10] Were coming into the 30th anniversary of homosexual law reform. And I'm wondering, can you think? I mean, how far do you think we've come from 1996? So quite a long time ago? And and what are the kind of issues that we still have to kind of address in New Zealand? [00:04:30] Well, I can only really speak mostly from my perspective as a trans person as as, as a gender queer person, is that transgender people still are the most discriminated against, it's still extremely incredibly common for us to have jokes to be ridiculed against. And I think like the trans community is where the gay community was 30 years ago, for example. [00:04:51] So there's still a long way to go. And where do you start? I mean, what what are the what are the issues that that you kind of want to see addressed? [00:05:00] Well, one, one thing that immediately comes to mind is that gender identity still isn't recognized as a rights in New Zealand, like your sexual identity is the same as right, but not your gender identity. And a lot of people like, well, that's okay. It's sort of the same thing. But it's not if your gender identity is not male or female, and that should be protected. And more support from the minute the system would be fantastic. So a lot of groups here are working towards improving the sport for trans people, typically, people. [00:05:29] One of the things completely different from 30 years ago, is things like the internet and the way we kind of connect to each other. How to groups like transform and naming New Zealand's I mean, how do they connect to communities? [00:05:44] Yeah, it's been a big focus, since I've been involved over the last year transformed to get a lot of our stories online. Because it might be easy for some of us to come along to our groups on when every every Tuesday every Wednesday, and discuss things there. But there are a lot of people, especially online, especially in rural centers that don't have access to that sort of things. So I've been doing a lot of focus on getting our resources online as stories online. And so our transfer website has been accumulating these sorts of resources and guides. And that's been really, really helpful, I think. And then you Zealand as well, like, we're not just doing fundraising to help you. It's also trying to generate and create documents, to help us update their documents themselves. By doing that we're making it makes it more accessible because it will help other trans people if they're not use to update their documents as well. So yeah, during a focus on online resources has been really, really beneficial. [00:06:38] And do you find you get much communication from from people outside the the main centers? [00:06:44] Yeah, we've been connecting with groups. And a new group has just started out and pants north, which I'm extremely excited about, because that's where I grew up. And, you know, it's slowly connecting all the groups together, but also making sure that each group still remains itself, because we can just have one group for all gender non conforming people, because we all have different issues. So keeping the connections together, but also doing our own things as we're recording. [00:07:11] So today, we're in the National Library and Lisbon again, because New Zealand have organized this kind of show and tell, why is it important to be at some of the whitelist [00:07:23] It's fantastic to see what all the other groups are up to forming connections, getting ideas from other groups, like we've been communicating with Inside Out we've been communicating with, again, sort of communicating with Galen a little bit and just told me those connections i think is strengthening us as a whole and also, sort of refilling up buckets without how strengthened our inspiration

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