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10.18PM: Wall hopes to help glbti Manurewa kids

Sat 26 Nov 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News

Louisa Wall Returning lesbian MP Louisa Wall says she is looking forward to representing the people of her Manurewa electorate and amongst her plans is a hope to promote the interests of at-risk glbti youth in her area. Wall, who now has a commanding lead of over 6,000 above her nearest opponent with 86% of the votes counted, says she is "incredibly proud" that her sexuality has not been an issue for the South Auckland electorate. "My sexuality has always been transparent, it's who I am and it hasn't mattered at all," she says. She believes her election success as an out and proud lesbian is "something we can all be proud of." "I look forward to working for the people of Manurewa," Wall says,"and I especially hope to work with the Manurewa Youth Council regarding the needs of our rainbow kids." She is pleased that another lesbian, the Greens' list candidate Jan Logie, will be heading into the new Parliament. Asked if she has any advice for Logie she laughs and says she is sure the new MP will have a great caucus supporting her and that once she understands "the technical aspects of being a Parliamentarian and how the place operates" she'll do just fine.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 26th November 2011 - 10:05pm

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