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« on: 29 October 2010, 09:10:AM »

Incoming Auckland Mayor Len Brown says his door is always open to members of the gay community and is supportive of measures to ensure LGBT voices are heard by the new council.

He has told GayNZ.com he supports the continuation of the LGBT Networking Group, which was set up by the Auckland City Council to ensure it was kept informed of the needs and concerns of LGBT residents and ratepayers.

Brown supports it continuing. "And my door is open," he says. "If representatives of the gay community and senior leadership want to meet and greet, talk, discuss, have a concern, my door is open."

The new Auckland leader is particularly interested in working with young people and says plans are in place to set up a youth council. He says suspects there may be the possibility of gay youth representation. "So there is an avenue and opening there for young people to get significant say in Auckland Council."

Brown has made it very clear he is open-minded and respectful of diversity and wants to represent everyone in Auckland, whether straight, gay or somewhere in between.

"I'm a staunch Catholic," he says. "But I am from the liberal side. And I am very aware and sensitive to people making their own choices about their life. And I'm totally respectful of that.

"You can make your own choice totally. I've got nothing more to say. It's the 21st Century."

The incoming leader is promising to be at the Big Gay Out next year and may even take to the stage to perform a Barry Manilow or Elton John number.

Brown will be sworn in at a ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday.
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« Reply #1 on: 29 October 2010, 12:35:PM »

Great interview, and the whole page looks fab

http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/32/article_9513.php

Well done Jacqui!!!
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« Reply #2 on: 29 October 2010, 02:11:PM »

John Banks said his door was always open too but he never told us what planet it was on. Brown, at least, can be trusted to mean what he says.
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« Reply #3 on: 01 November 2010, 10:35:PM »

... unless you're involved in sex work ....

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« Reply #4 on: 02 November 2010, 12:02:PM »

And trans, and involved in sex work, in particular, twould seem. Incidentally, Calum, is there anything else to add about the nefarious Manukau antisoliciting bill that you'd like to see raised?

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« Reply #5 on: 02 November 2010, 03:02:PM »

Len Brown's moves to be an inclusive mayor of Auckland are being welcomed; however his apparent belief that being queer is a "choice" has prompted some concern from the head of GLBT support service OUTLine.

In a chat with GayNZ.com last week, the new Mayor of Auckland promised his door would always be open to members of the GLBT community.

The staunch Catholic promised to represent everyone in the city, saying "I am very aware and sensitive to people making their own choices about their life. And I'm totally respectful of that.

"You can make your own choice totally. I've got nothing more to say. It's the 21st Century."

OUTLine General Manager Vaughan Meneses says it's a positive thing that Brown seems to be taking the right steps to be an inclusive Mayor of Auckland.

"And being a self confessed 'staunch Catholic' I am looking forward to him keeping his promises, not just the ones he has made in this article, but the ones he made through his campaign.

"I know a large number of rainbow people who voted for him and part of that was, in my belief, a confidence that even though we may not agree with everything he says, he does seem to be consistent and will be a unifying force in the bigger picture."

Meneses does find it a little disconcerting that Brown seems to be of the belief that being queer is a choice.

"Being Catholic or other 'insert other religion here' is a choice. It concerns me that some people who choose to believe in a particular faith also choose to project their rationale of 'choice' onto others.

"I am as gay as the sky is blue and I don't choose to believe the sky is blue, it just is. So while staunch people like Len Brown choose to look towards the heavens, they could stop to notice colour of the sky, and if they are really lucky they will see a rainbow in all its glory for exactly what it is – a refraction of light caused by nature. And I bet most of them will be able to tell you where they believe all the colours come from – whether nature, God, Zeus, Buddha, Christ, or Krishna."

Meneses says the only real choice people from the rainbow community get to make is whether to be honest and true to themselves.

"Most also get to choose life, sadly some make the other choices – to be hidden, to be shamed or to be dead. Hopefully Len will learn and inform himself a little during his time of supremacy and will reflect a little more on the language he chooses.

"However, this time I am prepared to forgive him this one slip of the tongue, after all 'to err is human, to forgive is divine'. I will choose the higher road this time."
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« Reply #6 on: 02 November 2010, 04:46:PM »

People can ask Len what he means, but I'm more inclined to judge a person by how they act than by any ambiguous words.  Len appears to act in a more inclusive way to all the people in his electorate than John Banks ever did.  His views on sex workers may be ill-informed but he may be willing to keep the door open on that too.

While a sexual orientation isn't a choice, being out or being active may be.
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« Reply #7 on: 02 November 2010, 05:59:PM »

While a sexual orientation isn't a choice, being out or being active may be.
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« Reply #8 on: 06 November 2010, 08:26:PM »

I'm even less likely to vote for Len Brown now.

His comments are nothing more then patronising clap trap of the sort we often see from straight trendy lefties...

Reality check: My preference was Colin Craig 1st, followed by John Banks 2nd

Also Mr Len Brown. Nobody "leads" or "represents" me except myself and my bi-asexuality is not a choice so get out in the real world. If I had a choice I too would have a wife, 3+ kids and a house with a white picket fence. But I work with the cards I am dealt. Got that?

Earth to Len Brown.... STFU.
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« Reply #9 on: 06 November 2010, 08:36:PM »

I'm even less likely to vote for Len Brown now.

His comments are nothing more then patronising clap trap of the sort we often see from straight trendy lefties...

Reality check: My preference was Colin Craig 1st, followed by John Banks 2nd

Also Mr Len Brown. Nobody "leads" or "represents" me except myself

Earth to Len Brown.... STFU.

Did you vote?
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