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Let’s replace Pride’s corporate funding with community pūtea

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Help Auckland Pride parade 2019 thrive and show support for the Board. If they are voted out, donations will go to rainbow community groups.

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Earlier this year, the Auckland Pride Board made the decision to ban police uniforms from the Auckland Pride march. They weren’t the first in the world to request this, police uniforms are banned from other Pride events around the world.

The Auckland Pride board made the decision after holding seven community consultation events where attendees who were trans, takatāpui and other queer people of colour expressed deeply held concerns and mamae about their experiences of harm and violence at the hands of members of the police.

The police themselves acknowledge there is unequal treatment depending on the colour of your skin. In 2015, police commissioner Mike Bush admitted the police hold unconscious racial bias. And while the police have been doing work to reduce the harm, which we acknowledge and appreciate, we are not there yet. In 2018, New Zealand police's diversity liaison officer Tracy Phillips acknowledged there was still “truckloads” of work to be done.

Māori are still twice as likely to be arrested than Pākehā. Trans people are still being misgendered and strip searched by police officers who do not reflect their gender.

Because of this need for more healing work to be done, and as a compromise, the Auckland Pride board invited members of the police to attend Pride as a group in rainbow t-shirts or civilian clothing. They refused the offer and made a decision to withdraw from marching in the parade entirely.

Since then several corporations have withdrawn their financial support for the event. And while we find this disappointing, we also see it as an opportunity to reclaim Pride for the community.

We are a coalition of proud rainbow and takatāpui people, as well as allies and whānau, who believe that we have an opportunity right now to create a better Pride, country and world. One that is based on true inclusion, healthy relationships, peace, equity and aroha.

We are raising funds to help make Auckland Pride 2019 the best one yet. Together, we will show the Auckland Pride board and Auckland Pride’s members that standing by the most marginalised in our rainbow community is the right thing to do and we fully support them.

Please donate generously to help us.



On Thursday 6 December, Auckland Pride members will hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) to vote on whether or not the current Board stays or goes. If the current Board stays and their decision on police uniforms is upheld, funds will be gifted to the Auckland Pride Festival Inc to run the Pride parade in 2019.

If the current Board are voted out and their decision is overturned, we will divvy the funds up between a range of charities and organisations who work for rainbow and takatāpui people and/or help build an Aotearoa where all the people in the rainbow feel safe and loved.

The exact charities and organisations will be decided by the people who donated via survey. Folks will have the opportunity to choose from a range of options including e.g. Rainbow Youth, OUTline, InsideOUT, PAPA, Gender Minorities Aotearoa, Breaking Boundaries. People will also have the option to nominate other organisations.

This Givealittle runs until December 13 but we will send an update about next steps out to everyone who contributes shortly after the SGM.



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    “I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which we passively accepted our unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One more donation on behalf of all those who called us a tiny fringe group of troublemaking extremists for taking a stand that embodies intersectional solidarity.


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    Te Kawa on 13 Dec 2018


    Kia kaha, e te whānau āniwaniwa! <3


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Our coalition includes: Laura O’Connell Rapira, Toni Duder, Max Tweedie, Daniel Sanders

Kirsten Van Newtown, Ally Wilson, Emily Writes, Tania Sawicki Mead, Kay Jones, Kendra Cox, Emilie Rākete, Tabby Besley, Sol Marco Duncan, Patrick Thomsen, Courtney Bassett, Ian Pattison, Sarah Jane Parton, Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds (Promised Land Tales), Stace Robertson, Jevon Wright, Emma Barnes, Emma Cullen, Jess Ducey, Leonie Pihama, Joel Walsham, Leah Jennens, val smith, Betty Sio

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Coalition for a truly inclusive Pride

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of ACTION STATION AOTEAROA LIMITED on behalf of Coalition for a truly inclusive Pride.

Got a question?

15 questions have been asked already. Check them out and ask yours here.
“Kia kaha Auckland Pride. You made the right decision. And now the police and sponsors who have pulled out are showing how shallow their commitment to takatāpui and rainbow people really is – they will only support Pride insofar as supporting it enables them to rainbowwash themselves. They definitely won’t face up to the hurt they’ve caused people. (Comment from Caleb, $ from Stillwaters Community.)”
“Thank you for this opportunity to put money where mouth is <3”
“Pride always has and always will be political. *We* are Pride and we will never go away no matter how big a tantrum the Police or anyone else throws.”
“totally support the stance on uniformed officers and am disgusted by corporate blackmail”
“Pride full of corporations feels half as friendly as it could be with people parading past for corporations who i dont fully trust are there from community rather than corporate promotions. the stuff with police has been unpleasant ... such a small ask to humour people put on some rainbow shirts or something and very telling that they threw their toys outta the cot at it which kinda shows they were there out of wanting to promote police not out of real feeling toward community ... if corrections managed it last parade they surely can (not that i feel positively about corrections being there, but...) ... its telling how quickly the companies jumped ship too guess it wasn't good advertising anymore .... but hopefully out of the unpleasantness something really good will come for a more heartfelt and home grown Pride.”
“Pride is about community liberation, not a corporate advertising opportunity.”
“Kia kaha <3”
“No to corporate pride, no to police propaganda!”
“Corporates sanitise and destroy Pride. As soon as you become inconvenient or difficult, for whatever reason, you're off-brand and will be dropped. These companies never cared about queer liberation, just the pink dollar. They will never lead, only follow. They're always going to demand that queer people become and remain acceptable to them. Let's never let them back in again.”
“Pride isn't about making corporates feel good, it's about valuing and celebrating our existence as people. If businesses want to donate, it must be unconditional and they must support our voices ahead of their own. If they can't, then we can manage without them as we have for many years before the LGBTQ community became the cause du jour.”
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