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Little clear on support for lgbti NZers

Mon 9 Feb 2015 In: New Zealand Daily News

Andrew Little has made a firm pledge that Labour’s support for the lgbti community will continue under his leadership. The Labour leader received a warm welcome at yesterday’s Big Gay Out. He was flanked by colleagues Louisa Wall, Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, David Cunliffe and Carmel Sepuloni. Read about what he had to say on stage here Side of stage, Little told Daily News Labour’s track record of support for the lgbti community will "absolutely" continue under his watch. He says the party believes in there being a place for everybody in our communities. It was Andrew Little’s first Big Gay Out and he says he enjoyed it. "I lived in Auckland 20 years ago and I remember going to the Hero parades. That was pretty full on! This is great, to have an event where people can step around, enjoy some music and so on. It’s good." Little says it was great to hear the strong support for Labour when he took to the stage – he was cheered, and people chanted "Labour" after his speech, whereas John Key was booed. "I think there are some issues there that the gay community need to be aware of – such as what’s happening with the Human Rights Commission. One thing the Government should be doing is pushing back on prejudice and discrimination. We need a body like that there. We’ve got a ways to go in this country, as every other country does."     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 9th February 2015 - 9:46am

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