In New Zealand, events to commemorate the IDAHOT 2014 took place in six different locations, and included an art project and series of nationwide picnics.
Kia ora! Big Gay Picnics
Across New Zealand, communities came together for picnic events across the country which were organised to celebrate love, equality and acceptance, around the IDAHOT 2014. Everyone was invited to bring a rug and some food, and spend a great time with some great people.
‘The Big Gay Picnic’ took place in five different locations, including Dunedin, Rotorua, Hamilton, Auckland and Wellington.
I stand with you poster exhibition
A poster exhibition was also organised and took place in Otara, South Auckland, New Zealand from May 12-17 2014. ‘I stand with you’ is a collaborative project between final year Visual Arts majors, Tara Simon and Luisa Tora of the Faculty of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).
Timed to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the project and its contributing artists and partners stood in solidarity with MIT’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex students and staff, and their broader communities.
The participating artists were Sharon Fitness, Tanu Gago, Rebecca Ann Hobbs and Thomas Fonua, Leilani Kake, Nicole Lim, Steve Lovett, Jo Mears, Richard Orjis, Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Sangeeta Singh, Luisa Tora, Pati Solomona Tyrell, and Kerrie-Anne Van Heerden and they were asked to respond to the IDAHOT 2014 theme ‘Freedom of Expression’.
The art work is in the form of posters, and many of the works explicitly blend political activism together with artistic creativity. I Stand With You was created to help foster a safe and nurturing environment for LGBTQI students and staff at the Faculty of Creative Arts and greater MIT.
The posters were installed at MIT’s Faculty of Creative Arts and at Fresh Gallery Otara in South Auckland. The events also included talks by the artists and LGBTQI youth service providers. For more details check out the project’s blog. More information about the Out at MIT LGBTQI students at Manukau Institute of Technology can also be found here.
This video was also created to give an introduction to the project: