Indian Origin Pride NZ
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Indian Origin Pride New Zealand empowers rainbow Indians to celebrate our ethnic, cultural, sexual and gender identities collectively.
In(dian) and Out
Identity is everything at
Indian Origin Pride New Zealand
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.
Interest in Wellington Indian Pride grew quickly, and the response from the community highlighted a need for the rest of Aotearoa.
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 in Aotearoa New Zealand so they can be proud of their identity. IOPNZ encourages Indian community leaders and organisations to create a safe space for our rainbow people and their families.
“It is very easy to conform to what your society or your parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing; but that is not living… to live is to find out for yourself the truth.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986)
Rainbow Indians and our families must be proud to be our authentic selves in Aotearoa, with support from the wider Indian community.