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Rainbow Labour recommits to LGBT issues

Sun 4 Nov 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

A continuing commitment to human rights, the needs of LGBT people and issues facing young gays and lesbians have emerged from this weekend's Rainbow Sector Council, held in conjunction with the Labour Party's annual conference. "We continue to be committed to working against discrimination and improvements in human rights, to ensuring that public services are meeting the needs of our rainbow communities and to address issues facing young people through projects such as Safe Schools," says Council co-Chair Grant Robertson. He says these elements will be advanced in the coming months to update a Rainbow Issues Manifesto in time for the run up to next year's general election. The report of the Human Rights Commission's Transgender Inquiry, expected to be made public in early December, is also likely to have some influence on the manifesto. Georgina Beyer's parliamentary contributions and list candidate Louisa Wall's move into Parliament in the new year on the back of sitting member resignations were acknowledged at a Rainbow Labour breakfast function this morning. Almost sixty people attended Friday's Rainbow Sector meeting and this morning's breakfast. Rainbow Labour is in "good heart," according to Robertson, who says the weekend's gatherings had a celebratory flavour in view of the political rise of Maryan Street to Cabinet and cabinet minister Chris Carter to government front bench. "It is satisfying that their promotions have not been the target of significant anti-gay comment," says Robertson.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 4th November 2007 - 9:06pm

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