Here is a copy of the Report that was presented to MPs in Parliament for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2017 (see citation p10). Thank you again to those who responded to the coalition’s quick-fire IDAHOBIT survey. It helped identify the priorities we presented and we included several of your quotes. The survey will not be written up separately at this stage.
At the Political Panel Greens and Labour already had policy on the issues we raised so both Jan Logie and Grant Robertson formally agreed to all our Action Points. Peter Dunne spoke in general support from United Future (and on behalf of ACT). The Māori Party sent an apology with a letter of general support. National did not bother to send an MP and the Wellington Central candidate who attended was personally supportive but had not read the Report.
You can listen to the audio recorded from the event here, thanks to PrideNZ. This features both the speakers from the IDAHOBIT Coalition and the representatives of parliament.
The IDAHOBIT Coalition will follow up with the new government after the September election. As well as that, we encourage all organisations and activists to contact government directly to follow up on the issues important to you.
Rainbow Wellington are also holding a Rainbow Election Forum on August 22nd.
This post is made on behalf of the IDAHOBIT Coalition. The coalition was formed to take up the opportunity to speak to cross-parlimentarians ahead of the NZ election and included the Human Rights Commission, Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tiwhanawhana Trust, InsideOUT, Mosaic, Rainbow Wellington, Bella Simpson, Jack Byrne and the Rainbow Cross-Party Parliamentary Group.