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Gabi Rosenstreich(March 2011)

In this podcast Gabi Rosenstreich from Australia talks about attending the human rights conference.

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This abstract summarizes a podcast from the 2011 Asia Pacific Outgames Human Rights Conference, featuring an interview with Gabi Rosenstreich conducted by Gareth Watkins. It took place at Wellington Town Hall and delved into the intricate issues surrounding the advocacy and rights for LGBTI communities.

Rosenstreich, serving as the executive director of the National LGBT Health Alliance, discusses the critical role of this organization in Australia as a peak body leading the efforts in supporting the health and well-being of LGBTI individuals. The conversation emphasizes working within a complex community comprising various identities, needs, and experiences that often remain unacknowledged in traditional LGBTI rights initiatives.

A significant portion of the discussion focuses on the concept of intersectionality, a term that has grown in popularity as people try to understand the interconnectedness of different forms of identity and the resulting experiences in society. Rosenstreich warns that without considering the power imbalances and social capital associated with diverse identities, there is a risk of simplifying individuals to single or additive aspects of their lives, neglecting the complexity of their experiences and the nuanced interplay of various axes of power.

The interviewee urges for a deeper appreciation of how individual social positions and belonging to multiple marginalized groups can compound challenges instead of merely adding them together. The conversation moves towards the need for advocacy and service provision that genuinely reflects the multidimensionality of individuals, pushing back against the perpetuation of dominant norms and narratives that exclude many within the LGBTI community.

Transforming LGBTI advocacy requires both an empowerment framework and a commitment to power sharing. Rosenstreich insists on the importance of collaboration and consultation, addressing that even within the acronym LGBTI, there exist gradients of power, and marginalized voices, such as transgender, intersex, and bisexual identities, need due attention and inclusion.

The visual metaphor of an "M" reflecting different experiences from varied perspectives serves as an analogy for understanding how social positioning influences individual realities. The interviewee posits that recognizing this complexity is essential for productive engagement, collaboration, and solidarity beyond personal understanding or empathy.

Looking to the future, Rosenstreich hopes for a world where these insights are self-evident and society has advanced significantly in addressing complexities and power dynamics. Nevertheless, there's an acknowledgement of potential regression, as political shifts and social attitudes can rapidly dismantle progress, underscoring the precariousness of gains made in inclusivity and equity. The conversation concludes on an aspirational tone, combined with an acute awareness of the challenges ahead.

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Record date:16th March 2011
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Wellington Town Hall, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004155).
URL:https://www.pridenz.com/apog_gabi_rosenstreich.html