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Jeremy Naylor(March 2011)

In this podcast Jeremy Naylor from New Zealand talks about attending the human rights conference.

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This summary concentrates on a podcast recording made at the Wellington Town Hall on March 18, 2011, where Jeremy Naylor from New Zealand was interviewed by Gareth Watkins concerning their experience at a human rights conference. The recording spans six minutes and presents Naylor's insights and reflections on various topics addressed during the conference which took place in the 2010s.

During the interview, Naylor expresses a keen interest in the conference, as well as certain sporting events, but primarily focuses on conference activities, which included attending speeches and helping with the event. Although this was Naylor's first time at such a conference, they found it very informative and enlightening, particularly noting a presentation on the state of the HIV virus in Asia, the Pacific region, and New Zealand.

Naylor highlights impactful speakers and sessions at the conference, covering non-health-related subjects like education. There were discussions on the advantages and challenges of gay-straight alliances with insights from various school-based groups, and a memorable presentation by a youth group named Wa Youth. In this session, group members shared their coming-out stories, most of which were positive and encouraging.

One of the most significant takeaways from the conference for Naylor was the experience of being with an inclusive and diverse community of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual individuals. They found comfort in this setting, which allowed them to be themselves openly, a contrast to their usual living situation where they sometimes face difficulties explaining their participation in LGBTQ+ events to their flatmates.

Addressing the broader challenges facing the queer community in New Zealand, Naylor suggests that homophobia and bullying are prevalent issues, particularly in schools. However, having already graduated, they don't face these challenges directly anymore, but they recognize that it remains a significant concern for students.

Reflecting on a broader timespan and speaking to future generations potentially listening back to this recording in 30 years, Naylor imparts an encouraging message of solidarity, emphasizing that one is never alone regardless of their sexual or gender identity. They assure that community support exists, and although one may face challenges, others share similar experiences and are available for support.

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Record date:18th 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-004165).