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Pop-up Pride vaxx
November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pop-up Pride vaxx
1-4pm on Sunday 21 November at St Peter’s hall
Pop-up Pride Vaxx event
You know the old saying ‘when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade’, well what if life gives you over 150 bespoke Rainbow ice-blocks for a Pride event that has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 risks?
It’s easy – you organise a customised pop-up Rainbow vaccination event and offer free pops to participants who pop in.
This is what members of Paekākāriki Pride Inc, in collaboration with Kapiti Youth Support (KYS), InsideOUT, and Paekākāriki Pops have done in response to the disappointing, but ultimately safest, decision to cancel their annual Labour Weekend Paekākāriki Pride festival this year.
The event is in response to an approach by Michal Salter-Duke, Sexuality and Gender Diverse Co-ordinator of Wellington regions two major DHBs, Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley Health, to collaborate with local Kāpiti Rainbow groups and set up a safe space for LGBTTQIA+ people to get their vaccination or to find out more about them.
“We’ve run a couple of events in Wellington and the Hutt Valley specifically for queer people and they’ve been really well received,” says Michal. One of the main drivers for the bespoke clinics is to ensure trans, non-binary, intersex and Takatāpui whanau can get their vaccination in a setting that is respectful and mindful of people’s identities. Many members of these communities have their name and/or gender incorrectly recorded on their medical records. “It’s incredibly upsetting and demoralising to be referred to by the wrong name and gender, especially in a public setting like the way some of the Covid-19 clinics are set up,” says Michal.
Participants will have the option of filling in cards that show their correct name and gender, so when they’re called up, they can be confident staff won’t get it wrong. There will also be music, Rainbow decorations, friendly faces from the Rainbow communities and fully trained health staff to support and awhi those who are hesitant or worried about any aspect of the vaccination process. “We want a chilled out and friendly atmosphere,” says Pat McIntosh, Paekākāriki Pride Inc committee member, “somewhere people from our Rainbow communities feel safe and celebrated. It’s the closest thing we’ll get to having a Pride festival this year! People don’t have to get vaccinated, they can find out more about the vaccinations, ask questions or just be there for their friend, partner, or whanau while they get the jab.”
The event is being held at St Peter’s Hall on Sunday 21st November between 1 and 4pm. No bookings are required and transport is available by contacting 0800 829 935 or 027 281 5017 or emailing [email protected]
A 2019 study of the health and social outcomes of Aotearoa’s trans, non-binary and intersex peoples called Counting Ourselves, reveals the challenges faced by members of these communities are based largely on society’s negative attitudes and discrimination towards them. The study found that trans, non-binary and intersex people are nine times more likely to experience suicidal ideation than the general population; over two thirds of people in the research reported discrimination at some point in their lives and more than a third avoided seeing a GP if they were ill.
This is not because being trans or non-binary or intersex is bad or wrong, but because our society doesn’t accept people who are gender diverse. “When it comes to inclusion, acceptance and celebration of our Rainbow communities, we have a long way to go for our gender diverse populations,”, says Compass Wilts-Ramsay, InsideOUT Wellington Schools Co-ordinator, Project Youth Group Co-ordinator at Kāpiti Youth Support, and Paekākāriki Pride Inc committee member. “We hope this event will give our communities a really great experience of inclusive health-care and that our health services learn from us too.”
In a world of uncertainty, one thing’s for sure – the sound of summer in Paekākāriki is going to be a whole lot of pops with a nice sprinkling of Pride.
Link to Facebook* event: https://www.facebook.com/events/4892012037497928
Contact Val Little for further information