Members of Parliament have used this year’s Pink Shirt Day to launch a cross-party working group which will to look at and advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
Initiated by Green Party MP Jan Logie, the group contains a dozen members from National, Labour, New Zealand First, ACT and the Greens.
Ms Logie says that the working group will provide "education, leadership and legislative progress" on LGBTI rights and hopes others will want to take part.
"We are hoping others will see the importance of the work we are tackling and want to join us," she said.
She went on to say that members were determined it would not be a token effort, and meetings would give a chance to raise and test policy ideas.
MPs on the LGBTI working group:
- Catherine Delahunty, Greens
- Chris Bishop, National
- David Seymour, Act
- Denis O'Rourke, NZ First
- Denise Roche, Greens
- James Shaw, Greens
- Jan Logie, Greens
- Kevin Hague, Greens
- Louisa Wall, Labour
- Nanaia Mahuta, Labour
- Paul Foster-Bell, National
- Trevor Mallard, Labour