|Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2019 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
This planet isn’t big enough for Paekakariki Pride, so this year it’s launching itself into space! (Well, the dance party is anyway.)
Because fifty years ago, astronauts allegedly walked on the moon. In 1969, while the world was gripped with who was winning the space race, on earth the start of the gay liberation movement kicked off with the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. Also, global warming was a term that was starting to be used by scientists and Woodstock happened. The times they were a-changing.
Fast forward to 2019 in the laid-back, progressive village of Paekakariki and we’re celebrating some of the world changing events that got us to where we are today. The theme for this year’s dance party is A Space Oddity – a nod to the first moon landing which happened the same year as the infamous Stonewall rebellion that is associated with the start of gay communities’ fighting for basic human rights and freedoms.
The Paekakariki Pride Festival turns three this year, and riding on the success of some of the staple events like the (World’s Shortest) Pride Parade, the dance party and the quiz night – organisers this year have added a couple of other new events to keep things interesting and exciting.
The first of these is a kids’ disco which will follow immediately after the parade.
Another new event is a book launch by local Wellington writer, Kate Torrens, of her novel ‘The Swimmers’, set in post-Homosexual Law Reform/AIDs crisis Aotearoa New Zealand. “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting this exclusive book launch as part of our festival,” says Pat McIntosh, Paekakariki Pride Festival Committee member, “this is a coup for us.”
Reflecting on the past fifty years of celebration and activism in the rainbow communities, Val Little, co-organiser says that while the world is much more accepting and inclusive of gay men and lesbians, there are still certain groups that struggle to maintain visibility, respect and even basic human rights in Aotearoa. “Bisexual people are still marginalised by both ends of the sexuality spectrum – told they’re confused or promiscuous and our trans whanau face some incredibly difficult challenges in the rainbow spaces at the moment.”
According to recent research, funded by the Health Research Council and with support from University of Waikato and Rule Foundation, trans people experience discrimination at more than double the rate of the general population, almost half of trans people had someone attempt to have sex with them against their will since age 13, and almost a third reported someone did have sex with them against their will since age 13. The report, entitled ‘Counting Ourselves’ found that research participants reported high or very high levels of psychological distress at a rate nine times that of the general population. In the last 12 months, more than half had seriously considered suicide, and 12% had attempted suicide.
The study surveyed 1,178 participants, from all regions of Aotearoa, ranging from 14 to 83 years old.
“It’s really important to us that the Paekakariki Pride Festival is a welcoming, inclusive and very positive experience for all of our rainbow whanau,” says Little. “Our aim is to provide spaces that celebrate our commonalities and our differences – our events are not places to debate or judge others’ lives.”
Proceeds from this year’s festival are being shared between two organisations – Kapiti Youth Service’s Project Youth, a social and support group for rainbow identifying young people, and Paekakariki School for rainbow resources for their students.
If you’re looking for something fun and fabulous to do over Labour Weekend, grab your moon boots and head to the friendly sea-side village of Paekakariki because the Pride Festival is going to be out of this world!
For further information and updates check out the Facebook page - Rainbow in the Village – Paekakariki Pride Festival 2019 - https://www.facebook.com/PaekakarikiPride/
|Posted by [email protected] on October 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
If you’re in Paekakariki over Labour Weekend you are guaranteed to see a multitude of rainbows in the village. A Rainbow in the Village – Paekakariki Pride Festival is back for its second year and it has grown bigger and more colourful. “Paekakariki Pride Festival is two years old and, like a toddler, it’s toilet trained but has GONE WILD!” – says Val Little, one of the organisers. This year the organisers have stepped up the festival in response to requests for more family-friendly activities and a wider range of events to keep everybody happy, engaged, busy, and most importantly, connected. “Whether you're into physical, social, creative, laid-back, competitive, dress-up, quiet or LOUD & PROUD activities - there's something for everyone”, says Little. A Queer Quiz, a picnic, walks along the Escarpment, drag football and an icy plunge in the sea are among over a dozen activities on offer. Seven of the activities are free or entry by koha. The festival serves several purposes – to raise funds for a local LGBTQI+ and Takatapui social and support service for young people in Kapiti run through Kapiti Youth Service (KYS) and to promote some of the community groups and businesses in the village. Paekakariki is a progressive, diverse, civic-minded community which makes it the perfect place to stage events like Pride. It boasts its own community radio station with over 30 different shows run entirely by volunteers of all ages and musical tastes, a housing trust which advocates for and supports people in hardship to retain or gain housing, a vibrant early childhood education community, conservation groups, a bike library and many other groups designed to connect people and tackle some of the tough social issues. The Festival is the brainchild of Paekakariki couple Pat McIntosh and Val who operate Vinyl & Proud – an exclusively vinyl dj boutique business. “It’s more of a hobby than a business”, explains Pat, “you can’t make a living off it. We do it for the love of vinyl record collecting and our desire to share the joy it brings.” The initial idea for a pride event in Paekakariki came about three years ago when they heard about the plight of renowned New Zealander Georgina Beyer, the world’s first out transsexual MP, who was gravely ill with renal failure and had been all but forgotten by the rest of the country as she awaited life saving surgery. “We had the idea to run a queer dance over Labour Weekend in the local hall to raise funds for treatment costs associated with Georgina’s condition”, says Pat. “We were saddened that this living taonga who has done so much for the queer communities in this country and globally was in such a bad way and decided we’d combine our love of dj-ing, vinyl record collecting and event organising to bring the community together and give back to her.” The dance was well attended by people from the village as well as far afield as Wellington, the Wairarapa and Palmerston North and raised enough funds to assist Georgina to receive the surgery she required. “We were rapt at how the village really got behind the event, everybody dressed up, turned out and gave heaps,” says Val. “Even the pedestrian crossing was given a rainbow makeover (with chalk) and local businesses hung multi-coloured bunting along the main drag. It was the most wonderful festive atmosphere.” Georgina Bayer is now in full health with a new kidney and has been invited to speak on Tuesday 23rd October (the day after Paekakariki Pride finishes) at the Oxford Union. Georgina is the first Māori speaker and only the fourth New Zealander invited to speak at the Oxford Union. Fast forward to 2018 and the festival has grown exponentially since its humble, yet fabulous beginnings. Last year’s event included a much publicised ‘World’s Shortest Pride Parade’ which saw over 250 people and dogs in brightly coloured outfits – many were inhabitants of the village and just as many from out of town. They plan to break their own unofficial record again this year by inviting people and groups to warm up along the aptly named The Parade then gather outside the front of St Peter’s Hall before walking across the pedestrian crossing to the stirring sounds of Taiko drummers. The annual dance in St Peter’s Hall invites party-goers to dress as their favourite Queero or queer hero the same night. There’s a serious side to the festivities too as according to Youth 2012, a major national survey of the health and well-being of secondary school students carried out by the University of Auckland, almost half of queer youth had seriously thought about taking their own life in the previous year. One in five had attempted suicide, compared with one in 20 of their non-queer peers. Queer youth were three times more likely to be bullied every week than their heterosexual peers and almost half had been hit or hurt at school in the previous year. Trans and gender diverse students were also more likely to be bullied or hurt in school, and nearly half of trans students had self-harmed in the last 12 months, double the rate of their peers. Leave your umbrellas at home, bring your heart and sense of fabulous because over Labour Weekend there’s going to be a huge rainbow in Paekakariki Village and you’re invited. For further information and updates check out the Facebook page - Rainbow in the Village – Paekakariki Pride Festival 2018 - https://www.facebook.com/PaekakarikiPride/ Contact Val Little on 021 846 399
|Posted by [email protected] on October 13, 2016 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Use A RAINBOW IN THE VILLAGE DANCE Paekakariki - Labour Weekend 2016 In 1986, Wham’s ‘I’m Your Man’ was the number one hit for several weeks on the New Zealand music charts. George Michael, one half of Wham, later came out as gay after hiding his sexuality for many years on advice from his music producers and in fear of hurting his mother. In the same year in New Zealand, the Homosexual Law Reform came into effect, decriminalizing sexual relations between males aged 16 and over. Before this, men who were ‘caught’ having consensual sex with one another were liable for prosecution and a term of imprisonment. The debate surrounding the HLR was heated and highly divisive with one side urging the gay community to “go back to the sewers where you come from” and the other side encouraging gays and lesbians to “come out, be blatant and proud”. Thirty years on in Aotearoa, the LGBTI communities now enjoy the same human rights afforded every New Zealander including the right to marry and not to be discriminated against. This year has seen a number of celebrations to mark the 30 year milestone, and coming up this Labour Weekend is Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast’s turn with an old school gay disco at the local hall. A Rainbow in the Village Dance will feature two of Wellington’s well known ‘out’ DJs – DJ Bullitt and DJ dGARE, the duo that makes up Vinyl and Proud, as well as members of the iconic Drag King Troupe with a brief performance. “This event is a tribute to the dances we used to enjoy back in the day when we were fighting for our rights to love who we chose – openly without fear of discrimination or violence and with pride”, says Pat McIntosh one half of the organising crew. “We’ve come a long way in this country to recognise the human rights of our rainbow communities with the passing of significant legislation over the past few decades and this is our way of marking that. We still have a way to go as some of our younger ones are showing up in disturbing numbers in mental health, suicide, bullying, and homelessness statistics, and this work will continue.” Proceeds raised through the dance are being donated to Georgina Beyer, the world’s first transgender MP and staunch fighter of the rights of LGBTI communities in Aotearoa. Georgina recently announced that her health has declined and she is no longer able to be as actively involved in political and community life as she once was. “Georgina has given so much to the rainbow communities for so many years. She’s an icon and a world leader in LGBTI rights and she is now fighting a very personal battle of a different kind. We want to give something back to her as a small token of our appreciation and couldn’t think of a better way to do it than with a big old gay disco”, says Val Little the other half of the organising group. “We promise non stop dancing to your favourite gay anthems, a cash bar, snacks for sale, entertainment, and a fun night for all.” People are encouraged to dress up in ‘80’s fabulous’ outfits and naturally they can expect to hear a few Wham hits on the night.
Event Details A Rainbow in the Village Dance – Sat 22nd October (Labour Weekend) 7pm – midnight St Peter’s Village Hall, Paekakariki Tickets $20 waged, $10 unwaged available through eventfinda, limited door sales. Cash bar only, R18
|Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2016 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
We are so looking forward to DJing this event at Labour Weekend in Paekakariki. There will be some great vinyl from the 80's brought out and played. Can't wait! Cheers V & P