Fowler apologises, finally

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.

Genevieve Fowler
VUWSA Queer Officer’

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  1. who gives a fuc says:

    How bout you try resigning ……

  2. Sebastian says:

    Yay, now we can all move on with our lives!

  3. Take her to the Guillotine! says:

    Step down!

  4. Anonymous says:

    did she drop into Public bar in person and apologize to all the staff and then provide them with financial compensation for the loss of turn over that occurred in the few days that the public believed the allegations? I bet not, this apology is worthless.

  5. calm down says:

    look dont even worry about her, she is a benign product of white middle class privilege, in her ideal world she wouldn’t even exist.

  6. Scott D says:

    It’s done. She’s had enough sense to actually realise she needed to apologise, not for what happened, but for the way she handled things.

    That’s enough for me.

    • Anonymous says:

      I dont think its done, she should acess her trust fund and give some money to the Public Bars owners

      • Anonymous says:

        and its not done she has pissed off some under world figures and if she doesnt settle this properly she will face the consequences

  7. Bruce Williamson Gay Hero says:

    in addition, Ms Fowler is banned from Cruz. Do not show your face here and expect a warm welcome.