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New group to give lgbti Asians a voice

Sun 27 Jul 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

A new group has been created to lgbti Asian people a voice, support, and a fun social space. Read the full feature here A merger of the words ‘equal’ and ‘Asian’, EquAsian was forged from a gathering during this year’s Auckland Pride Festival, where people shared their experiences of being lgbti and being Asian. Member David Ting says Ting says EquAsian is a social group and a support group, a well as way to address lack of representation and health issues like safe sex, and mental health. He says the group is fun, safe and inclusive for members. “We want them to feel a place of belonging in this group. If they can’t find that elsewhere, we want to provide that for them.” Another member Pema Wu thinks that within New Zealand as a whole the Asian community has always been really reserved. “I think, to have EquAsian start up, has been so beneficial. We need to start giving the voices back to our community … we can’t speak for everyone, but we can start somewhere.” *EquAsian meets at 7pm on the third Saturday of every month at Rainbow Youth’s office on K Rd. Join on Facebook here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Sunday, 27th July 2014 - 12:00pm

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