Thousands turn out for gay pride march in Auckland

9:07 pm on 8 February 2020

About 7000 people have taken part in a gay pride march through central Auckland today.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The annual march has been revamped to restore the rainbow community's sense of ownership, after controversy over organisers banning police marching in uniform boiled over in 2019.

Now called Our-March, today's march focussed on inequities still experienced in the rainbow community around New Zealand and the Pacific.

The march took Auckland University's graduation route from Victoria Park to Aotea Square via Bowen and Queen streets.

Many hues of the rainbow were calling for equal rights including trans and tangata whenua.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Labour MP Louisa Wall called for greater support for Pacific people affected by anti-gay laws.

Homosexuality is illegal for men in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Wall said the laws were racist relics from colonial times put in place to break down indigenous sovereignty.

Over 7000 people were estimated to have taken part in Our March today which began in Albert Park (pictured here) and finished in Aotea Square.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

In 2018, the Auckland Pride Festival board survived a no confidence vote after barring police from marching in the parade in uniform.

Last year's march went ahead after a community fundraising effort raised tens of thousands of dollars after a number of corporate sponsors pulled out following the decision to bar the police from marching in uniform.

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