Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics
We all have the right to be free from discrimination and to be treated with fairness and respect. The Human Rights Commission undertakes a number of projects to promote equality and end violence and discrimination against all people with a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.
All people have the same rights and freedoms, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). SOGIESC is an umbrella term like Rainbow, LGBTQI+, and MVPFAFF. It includes people who are takatāpui, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, transgender, transsexual, whakawahine, tangata ira tāne, māhū (Tahiti and Hawaii), vakasalewalewa (Fiji), palopa (Papua New Guinea), fa’afafine (Samoa, America Samoa and Tokelau), akava’ine (Cook Islands), fakaleiti or leiti (the Kingdom of Tonga), or fakafifine (Niue).