Victoria University Queer Officer Genevieve Fowler has issued an apology regarding her involvement in the alleged homophobia incident at a Wellington bar, and the subsequent fallout, over a month ago. Here it is in full:
‘A month ago, I learned of the alleged discrimination against two queer Victoria University students and, of course, offered them my full support. The Queer Officer advocates for LGBT students, their interests and well-being, and the next few days proved to be stressful, exhilarating and educational process of doing just that.
I do recognise that there have been some concerns raised about the process I followed in raising awareness of this incident. While I did actively try to talk with all parties involved, I failed to discern the full picture. I understand and acknowledge that the subsequent fallout could have been mitigated had this happened. I do apologise for not gathering all sides of the story before acting. At the time—and with the information I was able to gather—I acted in what I thought was in the best interests of the students involved.
These last few weeks have been learning experience, particularly in how to deal with the media. I would like to move on from this incident and focus on what I was elected to do. The community of LGBT students at VUW can be reassured that I intend to remain a faithful, robust, and responsible advocate of their rights into the future.
VUWSA Queer Officer’
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