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Herald Interviews Gay/Transgender MPs.

Postby chrisbucks » Sat Jul 08, 2006 10:17 am

Life in the house for gay MPs

Saturday July 8, 2006


Twenty years after homosexual law reform, the Weekend Herald asked four gay MPs and transsexual MP Georgina Beyer these questions about sexual orientation and politics today.

1. Is sexuality an electoral issue? Has sexuality had any impact on your political career?

2. Do gay MPs face appeals with contentious issues to vote along "gay lines"? Would they have any impact on your voting along party or conscience lines?

3. In some aspects, the civil union debate was a contemporary replay of the homosexual law reform debate. What did that debate say about New Zealand's social attitudes almost 20 years on from law reform?

4. Are further legal reforms still needed for gay people? If so, what?




Tim Barnett

1. My sexuality is relevant to my being and has moulded much of my politics, but it is not dominant. It comes up regularly in my electorate work, more as a matter of curiosity or a reason to expect empathy.

2. Gay-specific issues are, alone among human rights concerns, conscience votes in Parliament. This says something about the cautious political response to sexuality, but also creates opportunity to attract support across the spectrum.

3. The calmness of most debate and the marginal nature of opponents said we had come a long way. Gays are accepted as a fact of life.

4. Until there is equality under the law and equal treatment by the law and the agents of the state there will always be a need to do more.

Georgina Beyer

1. My sexuality was not an issue for the voters ... it was a factor because it's part of what makes me notable, but I'm out and always have been.

2. I was elected as a constituency MP for the Wairarapa for my first two terms and that was my electoral responsibility. With things like Civil Union there was no way I wasn't going to support that. I didn't question my conscience at all, but it did compromise me as far as my electorate was concerned.

3. Civil union legislation enhanced human rights and equality ... but it was quite hard-fought.

4. My own member's bill (to include gender identity as one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Human Rights Act), which should be clarified shortly.

Chris Carter

1. Sexuality has not been a negative issue in my career. In spite of being an openly gay politician, I've been lucky enough to garner a lot of personal support. In every election since 1996 my personal vote has been well above the party vote.

2. I belong to a political party that has taken a positive stand on gay issues, so it hasn't been an issue.

3. There was a great deal of noise about civil unions, but that was largely in the media and in Parliament. New Zealanders were fairly relaxed about civil unions.

4. Full equality has almost been achieved. Metiria Turei's private member's bill on adoption touches on one remaining inequality. I support the right of same-sex couples to be adoptive parents.

Christopher Finlayson

1. No, apart from occasionally having to answer questions from some journalists who have an obsession with the subject.

2. No.

3.That we are adult enough to have the discussion.

4. Yes. Tax relief, infrastructure reform, a decent health service and above all honest government, all of which can only be achieved by the election of a National government led by Don Brash.

Maryan Street

1. I stood as a candidate in conservative, true-blue Taranaki-King Country in the 2005 general election. My sexuality was never raised by a single constituent or opposing candidate.

2. For the most part, the Rainbow communities are more aware of the complexity of politics and less inclined to be focused on single issues than they used to be.

3. The Civil Union Act was about equality, and most New Zealanders recognised that. Twenty years ago, people were not so aware of their own family members and workmates and neighbours who were gay.

4. Further improvements may not need legislation. Where legislation might be required, we'll address that on a case by case basis.



I think Christopher Finlayson stands out here, I'm not exactly sure what he's saying... tax cuts and individual health care for gay people? Or perhaps he didnt understand the question...?
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Re: Herald Interviews Gay/Transgender MPs.

Postby Former Child Star » Sat Jul 08, 2006 11:26 am

chrisbucks wrote:

I think Christopher Finlayson stands out here, I'm not exactly sure what he's saying... tax cuts and individual health care for gay people? Or perhaps he didnt understand the question...?





nah....i just think he was being a typical cunty national prick. just using the oportunity to push nationals ONE issue (tax cuts) and to attack labour.



great considering that the other interviewed answer the questions *cough* straight.

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Re: Herald Interviews Gay/Transgender MPs.

Postby Jared.com » Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:38 pm

chrisbucks wrote:I think Christopher Finlayson stands out here, I'm not exactly sure what he's saying... tax cuts and individual health care for gay people? Or perhaps he didnt understand the question...?


No, he was jut not making the distinction between gay people and straight people - Treating them as equals. He was saying that all people need legal reform in those areas thus including gay people.
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Re: Herald Interviews Gay/Transgender MPs.

Postby ryan » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:44 am

Jared.com wrote:
chrisbucks wrote:I think Christopher Finlayson stands out here, I'm not exactly sure what he's saying... tax cuts and individual health care for gay people? Or perhaps he didnt understand the question...?


No, he was jut not making the distinction between gay people and straight people - Treating them as equals. He was saying that all people need legal reform in those areas thus including gay people.


He neglected to mention any further law reforms needed to ensure that equality exists in the real world and not just in his statements, nor did he acknowledge labour's reforms that led to his equality (civil union bill).

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Re: Herald Interviews Gay/Transgender MPs.

Postby jen » Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:36 am

Jared.com wrote:
chrisbucks wrote:I think Christopher Finlayson stands out here, I'm not exactly sure what he's saying... tax cuts and individual health care for gay people? Or perhaps he didnt understand the question...?


No, he was jut not making the distinction between gay people and straight people - Treating them as equals. He was saying that all people need legal reform in those areas thus including gay people.


i'm sure what he meant was that national is going to give all gay people tax cuts.. the straight ones still gotta pay 'em taxes

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Postby Mr Sir » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:46 am

:D Is this actually a punk site? What's this bullshit about? Hi - call me Mr Sir. No offence, but why is this important?
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Postby Mr Sir » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:51 am

Actually, now I see :D - Well, the Weekend Herald journalist is obviously a fuckwitted dingbat asking dull, predictable questions. Clearly, as much as Little Miss Finlayson is just another politician - he has a sound approach to stoopid questions. The other's including the tranny are totally cliche. :wink:

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Postby CowzOr » Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:34 pm

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