feeling hopeful about queer pride in nz. thanks to the persistent and ongoing mahi from groups and individuals who care deeply about a world which isnt only catering to the elite of any identity. so for context: the pride board had 7 community hui to find out the needs of the community and subsequently asked the cops to not wear the uniforms in the march cos theyre an oppressive institituion and some of us get freaked out by them- they havent proven they are true allies as an institution. Then they threw a tanty and said if they cant wear their uniforms they wouldnt come at all- then corrections pulled out and about 6 corporate sponsors. Some of the more privileged and status quo members of the comunity tried to oust the pride board and there was a 600 people meeting last night in Auckland city. The board got the majority vote of support. so.. next years pride parade has no cops, no prison guards and no corporations. yay...and fitting cos next year is the anniversary of 50 years since the Stonewall riot which started the pride march movement.
https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national ... w3ZMgqfNR8
From Joel Walsham: "Last night a motion of no confidence in the Auckland Pride Board was defeated and a very clear statement was made that gay lib isn't over.
This has, no doubt, been a tough conversation for our community. But this result is joyous. For the many thousands of people who have felt like the rainbow community hasn't been a space for them, we have a Pride Board that is committed to making space.
Standing on the shoulders of giants, we have an opportunity to move the conversation forward - looking towards those who have been left behind despite the legislative gains that have been won and the 35 years of progress for some.
We must acknowledge that for 150 years the New Zealand Police have been a crucial tool of the Crown and the colonisation of Aotearoa - tangata whenua continue to experience this. I spoke last night of the need to remember all of our whānau who continue to be criminalised. An approach to policing that perpetuates the criminalisation at the margins of our society, those experiencing housing hardship (who are disproportionately LGBTQIA+), substance abuse (who are disproportionately LGBTQIA+), mental illness (who are disproportionately LGBTQIA+), has become New Zealand’s modus operandi.
For many of our young people their families continue to reject them, they are sent to conversion therapy, they are failed by our schools as they experience severe bullying (that is no longer confined to school hours with social media playing a massive role in this), they do not get anywhere near the quality of sexual education that they need too interact with the world we live in.
Our people, across the board, are still at the margins. But we are not ashamed of them.
For Pride to have any efficacy it must truly understand what the queer experience in 2018 looks like, and there is a new generation who is finding its voice. With all of our creative energy lets make 2019 the most powerful and fabulous New Zealand has ever seen."
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