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Remember Stonewall: Rally For Trans Healthcare

Audio from the rally held on Saturday 1 July 2023 in Parliament grounds, Wellington. The rally was organised by Queer Endurance/Defiance. Special thanks to the organisers and participants for allowing the rally to be recorded and shared.

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  • 0:00:01 - Tristan-Cordelia, Queer Endurance/Defiance
  • 0:03:52 - Elle Brocherie
  • 0:06:35 - Margot
  • 0:09:04 - Anne Russell
  • 0:11:40 - Tristan-Cordelia, official speeches
  • 0:15:32 - Safety briefing
  • 0:16:00 - Will Hansen, Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa
  • 0:19:13 - List of demands read by Kate, Queer Endurance/Defiance
  • 0:23:58 - Tristan-Cordelia
  • 0:28:50 - Vera Ashborne
  • 0:35:20 - Serah
  • 0:40:20 - Open mic
  • 1:15:00 - Closing
  • 1:15:50 - Interviews continue after the event
  • 1:15:52 - Reidenne
  • 1:18:40 - Tricky
  • 1:21:00 - Ana Jurado and Belén Cupeiro


The abstract summarizes an audio recording from a rally entitled "Remember Stonewall: Rally For Trans Healthcare," which took place in Wellington, New Zealand, on July 1, 2023. Organized by Queer Endurance/Defiance, the rally commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which symbolizes a pivotal event in the fight for queer and trans rights. The gathering aimed to present 18 demands for improved transgender healthcare, reflecting deep-seated issues with current health services for the trans community.

The organizers and attendees of the rally were driven by personal narratives and an urgency for change. They shared experiences of prolonged waits for treatment, gatekeeping by healthcare professionals, lack of informed consent, and insufficient funding for gender-affirming surgeries and therapies. Particularly, the community emphasized the significance of informed consent for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and puberty blockers without burdensome assessments, and increased funding and training for gender-affirming surgeries given the exceedingly long waiting lists. The attendees sought a healthcare system that respects trans identities without subjecting them to outdated research and skepticism.

Moreover, the rally aimed to influence policies in the lead-up to a national election, with the anticipation that proactive, persistent public advocacy is crucial for realizing the desired healthcare reforms. The recording highlighted that such transformation is unlikely without a broad overhaul of the health system, indicating structural underfunding and a lack of resources that undermine healthcare across the board.

Furthermore, through speeches and discussions, there was a collective call to recognize and resist international trends of anti-trans rhetoric, ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand does not regress on trans rights. Speakers included activists and healthcare workers who underscored the interconnected struggles of under-resourced health services, the presence of discriminatory attitudes within medical establishments, and the critical role of community in advocating for the rights and dignity of trans individuals.

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:1st July 2023
Interviewer:Will Hansen
Location:Parliament grounds, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).