All New Zealanders should reflect on the situation of LGBTIQ+ people in New Zealand and around the world, say the Chairs of the New Zealand Parliamentary Rainbow Network.
“We should all be proud of who we are and while the LGBTIQ+ movement has made significant strides, there is still work to be done,” say Jan Logie, Louisa Wall and Chris Bishop.
“The Human Rights Act 1993 protects people in New Zealand from unlawful discrimination because of sexual orientation, yet every day, LGBTIQ+ people face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Intolerance towards the LGBTIQ+ community deprives them of basic rights and freedoms such as civil and political rights, economic and cultural rights.
“We will continue to advocate against all forms of discrimination and work closely with the LGBTIQ+ community in pursuit of this goal”.