The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating
their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days.
“The 2019 Auckland Pride Parade was always intended to be a place to cultivate our roots in activism and protest. We
have always welcomed business groups and institutions who wish to participate in a way that works for the safety of all
members of our Rainbow community”, says Cissy Rock, Auckland Pride Board Chair.
“The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to delivering an event that places the visibility and safety of our Rainbow
community at the forefront, while ensuring every organisation that wishes to participate works proactively with the
Board to meet those standards.
“Unfortunately, institutions such as the Police were not able to compromise with the Pride Board despite months of
consultation with the community that highlighted more work needed to be done in order for participants to feel safe with
the Police’s presence in the parade.
“The Pride Parade is so much more than its corporate sponsors or Government institutions. It is about our Rainbow
community coming together to both celebrate and fight for a future where everyone is free from systemic discrimination.
“We remain open to finding common ground with institutions that are working towards ensuring they are truly Rainbow
inclusive, but have yet to get to that point. True allyship by institutions to our community is listening to its
affected members and compromising where possible. If members from our community are highlighting concerns around
discrimination by those institutions, we expect them to work to address them, and that may include making compromises
regarding their participation at the Pride Parade.
“We will resume our work towards creating a Pride Parade and Festival as soon as we come to an agreement with our
members about the way to move forward at the upcoming special general meeting.