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Rally for Trans Rights

Audio from the rally for trans rights, held outside the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on 15 July 2021. The rally was in response to a public meeting being held in the MFC by the group Speak Up For Women NZ. Over 1,000 people attended the rally and around 130 attended the public meeting.

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  • 0:00:01 - Elle Kingsbury, Queer Endurance/Defiance
  • 0:03:33 - Rangimoana Taylor
  • 0:04:55 - Bill Logan
  • 0:09:36 - Cr Fleur Fitzsimons
  • 0:11:37 - MC Tristan-Cordelia
  • 0:13:18 - Kate Power
  • 0:20:05 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 0:25:00 - John
  • 0:30:40 - A protestor interrupts
  • 0:34:47 - Bill Logan
  • 0:36:52 - Serah Allison
  • 0:44:20 - Tristan-Cordelia and crowd sing We Shall Overcome
  • 0:46:00 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 0:49:23 - Selena Pirika
  • 0:52:00 - Erin, Dylan and Cushla
  • 0:55:25 - Pat McIntosh and Val Little
  • 0:58:30 - Bill Logan
  • 0:59:50 - Chant: Trans Rights
  • 1:00:48 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 1:02:50 - Adaire
  • 1:05:20 - Jack, Tass and David
  • 1:07:30 - Denise


This abstract summarizes the audio recording of the "Rally for Trans Rights" held on July 15, 2021, outside the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. This event was organized by the Queer Activist group, Queer Endurance/Defiance, to counter a meeting by the group Speak Up For Women NZ, which was perceived as anti-transgender.

The rally was a demonstration of support for trans rights and was in response to Speak Up For Women NZ's meetings across the country discussing the topic of self-identification related to the upcoming amendment to the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (BDMRR) bill. This amendment sought to simplify the process for transgender individuals to amend their sex marker on birth certificates, to reflect their true gender identity.

Throughout the recording, various speakers, including Elle Kingsbury, Bill Logan, and Tristan-Cordelia, among others, articulated the importance of the rally and the amendment, emphasizing that the bill was about acceptance and public support for transgender individuals. They argued that arguments against the amendment, such as the erosion of women’s rights or the endangerment of women's spaces by transgender women, were unfounded. It was noted that birth certificates do not govern access to gendered spaces, and transgender individuals have historically and peacefully existed in such spaces.

Speakers at the rally also described the atmosphere as cold and windy, yet warm in spirit, with a turnout of over 1,000 people, which greatly outnumbered those attending the Speak Up For Women event. The collective emotion was one of pride and resilience, reflecting the progress made for trans rights over the decades.

The recording captures the powerful statements and sentiments of those in attendance, expressing a strong sense of community and solidarity. Many affirmations were made: trans rights are human rights, trans visibility, and the acknowledgment of the intersectionality of feminist and trans movements. Additionally, there was an insistence on debunking the misconception that advocating for trans rights would diminish women’s rights.

The testimonies recorded were not limited to activists but extended to city council members, individuals across the gender spectrum, allies, and other community members, all of whom voiced their support for trans rights and opposition to transphobia. The sentiment was largely one of defiance against discrimination, with calls for inclusivity and recognition of trans individuals as legitimate and equal members of society.

A diverse range of signs and symbols were scattered throughout the crowd, representing the multifaceted support for transgender individuals and their fight for equality. There were also accounts of opposition attempts to disrupt the rally and spread misinformation about transgender people.

A follow-up event, a public forum at Thistle Hall, was also mentioned as an upcoming opportunity to continue these discussions and promote trans rights.

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:15th July 2021
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004622).