– IOWNU No 11 –

Australia – Sydney
Saturday 30th September 2017

Macklemore to donate Australian proceeds of song “Same Love” to 'Yes' campaign

The US Rapper Macklemore, who is famous for the singles “Can’t Hold Us” (2011) and “Glorious” (2017) etc, was the feature singer at the ANZ stadium in Sydney for the NRL grand final, at which he sung his pro-marriage equality-themed song “Same Love” (2012).

Some prominent opponents of the same-sex marriage cause, from the ranks of the incumbent Liberal National Coalition government, voiced their opposition, stating that equal time should be given to a song against same-sex marriage (Peter Dutton, 29 September 2017) or that Macklemore should prevented from singing at all (Tony Abbott, 27 September 2017).

However, George Brandis (Coalition), the Australian Attorney-General, defended the American rapper, calling some of those comments bizarre. Malcolm Turbull (Coalition), Australia’s Prime Minister (28 Septepmber 2017) welcomed the singer’s performance.

The aforementioned criticism was also given credit for the song ‘Same Love’ becoming number one on iTunes. In response, Macklemore pledged to donate the Australian proceeds of song to the 'Yes' campaign. The Australian Marriage Equality campaign co-leader, Alex Greenwich, said the financial support came at the critical halfway point in the debate.

Macklemore singing “one love” at the Sydney ANZ stadium

New Zealand – Wellington
Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Elizabeth Kerekere, a representative of New Zealand’s Tiwhanawhana Trust (an ILGA member organisation since 2016), spoke on the Maori LGBTQ term “takatapui”, the Maori word meaning, In modern terminology, a person who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).

For Maori who don't fit neatly into carefully constructed moulds of gender and sexuality the term takatapui can be a relief. Scholar Elizabeth Kerekere argues that pre-colonial Maori were sexually experimental people who openly accepted gender and sexual fluidity.

Anyone who didn't fit into heterosexuality was considered "takatapui".

Australia – Sydney
Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Early Results of Same – Sex Postal Survey show clear majority.

Preliminary polling by marriage equality groups like “Marriage Equality” of the same sex marriage postal vote indicate that the “Yes” side has streaked ahead with an impressive majority.

While the survey doesn’t close for another six weeks (6pm (local time) on Friday, 20 October 2017), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have reported last Tuesday (03 October 2017) that over 60% of Australian have already logged their vote.

Newsgate Research Survey, indicated that a staggering 77 per cent of Australian’s have returned their vote according to statistics by the Guardian. The poll, conducted by Newsgate Research, has predicted a clear lead for the “Yes” vote in almost every age bracket.

65 per cent in the 18 – 34 age group; and
55 per cent in the 35 – 54 year olds; and
54 per cent in the over 55s.

Pacific – Suva – Fiji.
Tuesday 3rd October 2017

The 13th Triennial Conference. We Rise Coalition – 2-6 October 2017 – Suva FIJI

Ms Roshni Tootooalii Roger Stanley (President -Samoa Faafafine Association- Samoa, an ILGA member organisation since 2014), Ms Sulique Waqa (Co- Founder- House of Khameleon – Fiji, an ILGA member since 2013) & Ms Shaniqua Lee-Simmons (Te Tiare Association - Cook Islands, an ILGA member since 2016) attend the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women 2-6 October 2017 in Suva Fiji. For the 13th Triennial Conference, the We Rise Coalition are seeking to support and encourage the participation of feminists and women's human rights defenders to ensure their priorities and concerns are heard, with a particular focus on economic rights, human rights of women and girls through their life cycle.

Pacific -Nuku’alofa – Tonga
Wednesday 4th October 2017

Joleen Joey Mataele, current ILGA Oceania Board Member and representing of the ILGA member organisation called Tonga Leiti s Association (TLA) (an ILGA members since 2006), has been nominated as a finalist for the HIV & LGBT Heroes to be Honoured at Asia Pacific Community Service Awards – APCOM – Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok, 2 Oct 2017: A diverse and inspirational mix of 21 people and organisations from across Asia and the Pacific have been selected as finalists for the “Hero” Awards, a gala fundraising event in Bangkok in November which will honour the work of HIV and LGBT community heroes from across the region.

Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is a special event which acknowledges outstanding service to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, and to the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

New Zealand – Wellington
Wednesday – 4th October 2017
Devotion parties unite capital clubbers - 150 years of news

As the 1990s took flight house music had hypnotised the capital and the city was host to a plethora of warehouse raves and underground club nights, including the legendary gay pride Devotion parties.

The first Devotion party was held on December 7, 1991 with hundreds of revellers turning the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Wellington's waterfront into an adrenaline-fuelled celebration of GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) culture.

In many ways the festival embodied the optimism sparked by 1986's Homosexual Law Reform Act, which legalised consensual sex between men aged over 16. The Act was introduced in 1985 by Labour MP Fran Wilde, who went on to open the Devotion parade with a speech as Wellington mayor ten years later.

Alisdair France, a Devotion festival organiser setting up for the annual dance party at Shed 26, Wellington in November 1992.

New Zealand – Wellington
Thursday 05th October 2017

Kiwi MP tells Catholic Church to back off on marriage equality and fix its child abuse issue

Labour MP Louisa Wall has told the Catholic Church to back off from the Australian postal survey on marriage equality until it has sorted out its child sexual abuse issues.

Wall, a Labour MP for Manurewa, was behind the same-sex marriage bill that passed in New Zealand in 2013 and says it is "disgusting" that the Catholic church would even consider speaking up about marriage equality, considering its history of child sexual abuse.

In a conversation with Buzzfeed's political podcast "Is It On?", Walls says she doesn't understand how the Catholic Church can be so involved in the Australian postal survey.

"I can't understand why they haven't been told to not lead the 'no' campaign," she said

"They don't have any moral authority. How can you, when your institution over 70 years actively covered up all the sexual abuse of children?"

The church has been heavily involved in the campaign against marriage equality across the Tasman.

Earlier this week, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge compared same-sex love to "the love of friends" and said same-sex "can't be the kind of love that we call marriage".

Labour MP Louisa Wall has called out the church's "disgusting" behaviour across the Tasman.

New Zealand – Auckland
Friday 8th October 2017

New Human Rights Advisor – Pasifika joins Commission

Earlier this month, Tuiloma Lina-Jodi Samu joined the Commission as the new Human Rights Advisor – Pasifika. “We are really excited to have her on board and have asked her a few questions about her new role and what she wants to achieve at the Commission.”

Editor’s Note:

That’s all for this week.

If you have any queries that we might able to assist you with please contact me on kenmoala@hotmail.com or the following people:

Rawa Karetai - ILGA Oceania Co-Convenor – rawa@ilga.org
Ymania Brown – ILGA Oceania Co-Convenor – Ymania@gmail.com
Simon Margan – ILGA Oceania Secretary - smargan@bigpond.net.au

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Ia manuia,
Ken Moala
ILGA Oceania Communications Convenor