RainbowYOUTH would like to express our concern over the events involving the ‘No Pride in Prisons’ protest during the 2015 Auckland Pride Parade and the subsequent media activity. We acknowledge the grievances faced by those involved and believe that what happened over the weekend reflects wider issues involving our queer & trans* community. We also acknowledge our place within the community and the responsibility that comes with this to address these issues.
In light of this, RainbowYOUTH would like to reaffirm and reinvigorate our commitment to supporting all young people with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. The kaupapa of RainbowYOUTH is the acceptance of the diversity of all sexualities and gender identities in Aotearoa and central to this is working towards honouring the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This includes Protection, Participation and Partnership. We are working to be more accessible and more responsive to those most marginalised from the mainstream queer & trans* community. This is not a piece of work RainbowYOUTH can undertake in isolation and, as such, we will be reaching out to involve those most affected.
Anyone who wishes to provide feedback to RainbowYOUTH can do so through existing channels – by filling in a feedback form on our website: www.ry.org.nz.