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The events producer for the first ever New Zealand LGBTI Awards, has publicly stated her disappointment in the Auckland Pride decision to ban police in uniform in an announcement today.
“As a global events producer and a former board member of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, I was disheartened to read about the decision made by Auckland Pride to ban Police marching in uniform,” says New Zealand LGBTI Awards Director and MD of the Awards, Silke Bader.
“I don’t agree because our work now needs to be focused on positive change, which needs to come from within organisations. The discussions about excluding the then Prime Minister (in Australia) the New Zealand Police at Auckland Pride or the Transgender community in London (earlier this year) may have some reasoned arguments but don’t align with today’s over-arching themes of inclusion and education. Working with our allies is one of the most powerful ways to eradicate prejudice and further our progress when it comes to inclusion for all within the Rainbow community.
The internal fighting and disagreements will only result into the decline of LGBTQIA+ visibility. Many senior members of our community have had enough and left pride-based organisations, as internal fighting has taken precedence over otherwise important and high impact work. It is important for us to work together and focus on the big picture to ensure a safe and equal world for the next generation of LGBTQIA+ people” she adds.
About the New Zealand LGBTI Awards:
Taking place on November 29th, at the luxurious Cordis Hotel in Auckland, the Awards Ceremony will be a lavish black-tie affair that will see politicians, academics, charity workers and celebrities alike take to the Red Carpet for this celebration of love and equality that is intended to create visibility and role models for the LGBTI community and celebrate its allies.
The Awards will feature drinks, dinner and entertainment, and will feature famous faces such as Tamati Coffey; MC for the evening, Lucy Lawless; Ambassador for the Awards, and the Topp Twins, Jools and Linda, who will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Contact New Zealand LGBTI Awards:
Phone: +61 2 8097 0054
Phone: 0274 587 724