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Pride Parade bans Corrections staff in uniform

Wed 27 Jan 2016 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

11.30AM: Department of Corrections staff will apparently be able to march in the forthcoming Auckland Pride Parade, providing they do not wear their uniforms and do not represent the Department. Corrections staff march in uniform at last year's Auckland Pride Parade. (Pic: Andrea/ Controversy has surrounded Corrections possible participation in this year's parade after they were last year the target of protest action regarding the department's handling of jailed transgender members of the glbti community. “Corrections is disappointed that it has been told by 2016 Pride Parade organisers that Corrections staff in uniform will not be allowed to march representing the Department," says Vincent Arbuckle, Deputy Chief Executive of the Department's Corporate Services. “Corrections was proud for staff to be involved in 2014 and 2015, and they were looking forward to participating alongside their colleagues from other uniformed services, and their rainbow community peers, in 2016,” Arbuckle says in a statement provided to Daily News. He says Corrections has asked to meet with Auckland Pride's organisers, to ask them to change the decision.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016 - 11:24am

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