ILGA Oceania represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
WELCOME TO OUR ILGA OCEANIA WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE – IOWNU No 4 – ENDING 18th AUGUST 2017.
New Zealand – Wellington 11th August 2017
He Kākano Ahau - From The Spaces In Between with Tiwhanawhana.
A courageous takatāpui (Māori LGBTQI) activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.
New Zealand’s Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori.
Australia – Melbourne Sunday -13th August 2017
Being black and queer in Australia right now
The challenge of resisting against heterosexual "normality" and white institutions, but fighting for inclusion. Nayuka Gorrie urges support for LGBTIQA+ people in our communities during this time.
What a great couple of weeks to be black and queer in Australia. At this point you’ve probably seen a thing or two about marriage equality pop-up on your newsfeed. Right now my whole social media is saturated with it.
It might seem a bit complicated so here's a bit of a rundown of where things are at:
A vote was held in Parliament on whether a plebiscite should go ahead in regards to same-sex marriage. The vote was unsuccessful, so a postal survey will be held instead.
Two legal challenges have been lodged to the High Court against the Government's postal plebiscite and will be heard just days before the survey content will be distributed.
If it goes ahead, postal survey will be received in the mail of Australian residents by 12 September 2017. This vote is non-binding.
Pacific – Fiji, Suva. Monday 14th August 2017
“Condomising Hotspots Initiative “ targets Nightclubs and Motels.
A major fight against teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is now underway in Fiji through the provision of free condoms in key areas around our cities and towns.
The Rainbow Pride Fiji Foundation, a non governmental organisation which focuses on ensuring the rights and equality of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex community in Fiji is spearheading the initiative.
The “Condomising Hotspots Initiative” targets nightclubs and motels and ensures that condoms are available and accessible to people in these areas.
Rainbow Pride Fiji Foundation, Executive Director, Isikeli Vulavou says they have found that bars, nightclubs and motels are hotspots for people to find sexual partners.
He says to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases they have provided condom dispensers in these areas. If people are in favour, there will be a vote in Parliament.
“Condomising Hotspots Initiative “ targets Nightclubs and Motels” Australia – Melbourne
ASCM Statement on Marriage Equality
The Australian Student Christian Movement calls on the Australian government to make civil marriage a reality available to all Australians, without regard to gender, and opposes the proposed postal plebiscite on marriage equality as a flawed and inadequate process
New Zealand - Auckland Friday, 18th August 2017
Government committee: let people choose gender
Ben Brockwell-Jones, 11, wants to change his birth certificate to show his gender as male.
A transgender boy is among those celebrating a win for people whose gender does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.
A Government committee has ruled on the side of gender diversity, saying people should to be able to choose their own gender.
Currently those wanting to change their sex on their birth certificate have to go through a potentially costly court process, and prove they have had medical treatment or gender reassignment surgery.
The Human Rights Commission and other social advocates say this is discriminatory, and have been arguing for a change for more than a decade.
That’s all for this week. If you have any queries that we might able to assist you please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org the following people: