The strange death of a stranger

It’s always something of a shock when well-known strangers like Charlotte Dawson kill themselves, although her death was back in 2014. I felt the same when Greg King suicided in November 2012.

They feel familiar and yet they’re not. You feel sad but there’s no relationship to mourn. Life goes on with nothing missing.

Perhaps there’s even a subconscious, yet obviously false, belief that someone so well-known would have something to live for. Everything even.

Vlog: Uniqueness and Commonality

This month is all about uniqueness and commonality – so we (I) spoke to Sam (also me…. yes, I talked to myself) about my experiences of difference and connection at high school, as a person who is queer and trans. I also do a shout out for the I’m Local Project and their givealittle campaign

Pride Vlog

This month we are focusing on the theme of Pride, so we asked a few folks to talk about what pride means to them – here’s what they had to say.   This video features: Alex Martin, a queer and trans tech worker and comic creator. You can find him online on twitter Cole Meyers,…

Pride Parley

This year I decided I would change up my blogging and start a monthly vlog – interviewing people over video. My first vlog was going to be focussing on the Auckland Pride Festival, which is just wrapping up, after a month of performances, gallery shows, markets and, of course, the Pride Parade. The festival had…

100 Days of Meaning and Belonging

In celebration of our 100 days project: You Mean A Lot To Me here’s  a look back at the videos Top 5 most viewed videos: 5) Shaz: 4) Cate: 3) Whetu (and many others): 2) Anna: 1) Hilary and Mike:   Who were the videos made about (relationship)? The infographic shows circles…

UMAL2M Day 100: Thankyou!

Well folks! We made it! Thank you to every one of you who submitted a video, and shared your thoughts and feelings about meaning and belonging with us! We’ve really loved doing this project and we’d like to keep the project going – so please feel free to continue sending us your videos and we’ll…