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Rally for Trans acceptance and reproductive rights

Audio from the rally held on Sunday 26 March 2023 in Civic Square, Wellington. Originally the rally was to oppose a planned rally by Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (a.k.a. Posie Parker) in the same space. However after large-scale opposition to her event in Auckland the day before, Parker left New Zealand immediately.

The rally in Wellington became historic as Aotearoa's largest ever rally in support of transgender rights, with an estimated 3000 - 4000 participants.

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  • 0:00:01 - Leliel Trethowen, Queer Endurance/Defiance and Pōneke Anti-Fascist Coalition
  • 0:02:12 - Hannah Blake
  • 0:04:17 - Bill Logan
  • 0:07:08 - Amandie
  • 0:08:22 - Benjamin Aulakh
  • 0:10:44 - Elle Brocherie, Queer Endurance/Defiance
  • 0:13:45 - Nim
  • 0:15:06 - Zee
  • 0:16:03 - Mx. Well and Jake
  • 0:20:10 - Joss Hannah
  • 0:22:34 - Leliel Trethowen
  • 0:23:30 - Official speeches begin
  • 0:23:40 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 0:28:00 - Vera Ashborne, Queer Endurance/Defiance
  • 0:34:44 - Kayden, Queer Endurance/Defiance
  • 0:46:25 - Chants
  • 0:46:55 - Tristan-Cordelia and chants
  • 0:49:10 - Richa Sharma
  • 0:54:00 - Chants responding to lone protestor
  • 0:58:45 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 1:01:20 - Lone protester speaks to media
  • 1:02:00 - Adaire Hannah
  • 1:11:45 - Fired Up Stilettos
  • 1:17:34 - Leliel Trethowen
  • 1:19:30 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 1:21:56 - Speeches end
  • 1:21:57 - Alice Simpson and Tiaki Sharp, volunteers
  • 1:24:05 - Richa Sharma, one of the event organisers
  • 1:25:30 - Lone protestor leaves
  • 1:26:03 - Syd
  • 1:28:25 - Pippa Sanderson
  • 1:33:46 - Spencer, Emmett and Greer
  • 1:36:20 - Kerryn Pollock
  • 1:38:30 - Tristan-Cordelia, closing


The event was initially planned as a counter-protest against a rally by activist Posie Parker, known for anti-trans and anti-reproductive rights stances. Following considerable resistance to Parker's event in Auckland the prior day, resulting in their premature departure from New Zealand, the Wellington gathering evolved into a celebratory affirmation of transgender and women's rights, boasting an attendance surpassing four thousand individuals.

The atmosphere of the rally was described as joyous, united, and supportive, filled with a diverse crowd flaunting rainbow flags and witty protest signs. Participants expressed a sense of community, empowerment, and relief in the overwhelmingly positive response against bigotry. The rally featured a series of impassioned speakers, including members from diverse backgrounds and inclusive organizations, holding the administration accountable for healthcare inequities faced by the trans community while echoing calls for an informed consent model in the healthcare system.

Rally attendees voiced outrage at the government's perceived negligence, particularly the Ministry of Health's concealment of information affirming the safety of puberty blockers, and at immigration officials for allowing Parker entry into New Zealand. Speakers highlighted the intersectionality of workers' rights, women's rights, and queer rights, while condemning the alignment of certain groups with far-right ideologies.

The event emphasized unity and solidarity across sexual orientations and gender identities. Rally-goers were also encouraged to wield their power by voting in the upcoming election to ensure inclusive and supportive representation, emphasizing the idea of love being more powerful than hate.

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:26th March 2023
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Civic Square / Te Ngākau, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004710).