Mak­ing the most of Pride

In­tro­duc­ing some of the peo­ple who will march at Auckland Pride Pa­rade 2017.

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NZ Fire Service Rochelle Martin, se­nior sta­tion of­fi­cer at One­hunga Fire Sta­tion

Why is this the first time The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) will march?

Tobi No­ble and I (both fire­fight­ers at One­hunga Fire Sta­tion) per­son­ally iden­tify with the LGBTQI+ com­mu­nity, which re­ally helped drive the cam­paign to get our NZFS peo­ple in­volved and sup­port­ing this event.

What are you most ex­cited about?

I am ex­tremely proud to be a mem­ber of the NZFS. The op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the NZFS in this event and cel­e­brate our au­then­tic­ity is amaz­ing. I am look­ing for­ward to the at­mos­phere that Pride gen­er­ates and hav­ing fun. This will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for some of my col­leagues with a few nerves but I can’t wait to see that change as they get caught up in the at­mos­phere! What will you be wear­ing? In par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s event and march­ing in our uni­forms, we are not only ac­knowl­edg­ing the di­ver­sity of the wider com­mu­nity but that of our own NZFS com­mu­nity. Why will you march? By sup­port­ing equal­ity and re­spect for the LGBTQI+ com­mu­nity we are sup­port­ing equal­ity and re­spect across all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.

Unitec In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Mer­ryn Statham (cen­tre), man­ager part­ner­ships and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment

Why is Unitec march­ing? At Unitec we aim to build an in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment for di­verse sex­u­al­i­ties and gen­ders. The Pride Pa­rade gives us the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate this com­mit­ment and to cel­e­brate the progress Unitec has made in this area. What will you be wear­ing? Our walk­ers will be in strik­ing ‘Love Who U Are’ t-shirts and our salsa dancers will be in fab­u­lous car­ni­val out­fits.

What does Pride mean to you?

A time for cel­e­bra­tion and op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect and re­flect on eq­ui­table in­clu­sion in our or­gan­i­sa­tion and wider communities.

Deaf Rain­bow Anna Dubbelt (third left), or­gan­i­sa­tion mem­ber

Why will Deaf Rain­bow march?

We feel it is time to ex­press our di­ver­sity as part of both the deaf and LGBTQI+ com­mu­nity.

What will you be wear­ing?

T-shirts with colour­ful de­signs fea­tur­ing mostly hand shapes from our sign lan­guage.

What are you pumped for?

The at­mos­phere and ex­press­ing pride in who we are, as both deaf and LGBTQI+!

What does Pride mean to you?

Show­ing who we are as hu­man be­ings and show­ing that we are more than just deaf or gay.

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