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Meet your rainbow candidates (General Election 2023)

Rainbow Wellington and Out at PSA Network hosted an event to meet with rainbow-identifying candidates standing in the 2023 General Election. A special thank you to the candidates and organisers for allowing this event to be recorded and shared.

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  • 00:01 - Craig Watson, Chair of Rainbow Wellington
  • 07:02 - Gina Dao-Mclay and MP Ricardo Menendez March, Green Party
  • 14:08 - James Christmas, National Party
  • 21:56 - MP Glen Bennett, Labour Party
  • 27:40 - Michael Gibbs, PSA
  • 29:45 - Craig Watson leads the discussion
  • 32:45 - Discussion
  • 57:30 - Andrew McCauley, Out at PSA Network


The event provided a platform for rainbow-identifying candidates standing in the 2023 General Election to express their views and interact with the community. The event's primary focus was on the challenges and needs of the LGBTQ+ community in New Zealand. One of the key discussions highlighted the lack of adequate support systems for transgender individuals, particularly regarding housing and mental health services. It was noted that traditional support networks are often not safe for LGBTQ+ individuals, emphasizing the need for more inclusive and specialized care. The event also touched upon the increased negativity and hate speech directed towards transgender and non-binary communities, indicating a need for stronger legislative protection and public support.

The candidates discussed the importance of representing the LGBTQ+ community in politics and policy-making. Issues like the need for a dedicated ministry or agency to address LGBTQ+ concerns, the importance of fair representation in decision-making boards, and the necessity of improving healthcare access for gender-affirming treatments were raised. Additionally, the event highlighted the significance of unity within the LGBTQ+ community and the need to support each other, especially in the face of rising hate and discrimination.

The recording is a vital documentation of the political and social concerns of the LGBTQ+ community in New Zealand in 2023, providing insights into the challenges they face and the efforts being made to address these issues in the political arena.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

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Record date:31st August 2023
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Public Service Association (PSA), Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).