Our identities make us unique, special and fabulous – and arguably, there’s nowhere more colourful than the Indian community and the rainbow community. What a dynamic duo!
But, of course, there are challenges.
It’s tough being a minority within a minority – like many of us in Aotearoa New Zealand who are Indian and part of the rainbow community. We at IOPNZ know. We have struggled in our own ways and so have our Indian families.
Recognising this and to seek support from Indian community leaders, Wellington Indian Pride formed in 2020. Its purpose has been to celebrate Indians with a connection to Wellington who identify as part of the rainbow community.
This work progressed in 2021 when a small group of Indian Kiwis with lived experience in the rainbow community got together to develop a nation-wide organisation.
Indian Origin Pride New Zealand was born – to lead the way for LGBTQIA++ Indians and their families in Aotearoa New Zealand so they can be proud of their identity.
Indian communities are historically traditional and conservative, and this is challenging for community members who identify as LGBTQIA++. Rainbow people are more at risk of violent and psychological attacks, erasure and invisibility, mental illness, and suicide.
IOPNZ works with Indian community leaders and organisations to ensure the community is inclusive of diversity and is safe for Indians who are part of the rainbow community.
We aim to support the Indian community to help manage the issues facing Indian rainbow people. IOPNZ will achieve this through education, engagement, events and utilising support networks.
By being visible at rainbow community events, IOPNZ will lead the way for LGBTQIA++ Indians so they can be proud of their identity. Social events will bring together New Zealand’s Indian rainbow community and their supporters.