As a result of members of the gay community feeling unsafe around uniformed police, New Zealand’s largest gay pride parade has banned them from attending.
The decision has sparked heated debate and some sponsors have withdrawn from the next parade in February 2019, according to the South China Morning Post.
Vodafone, one of the sponsors, withdrew, saying they would stand with any excluded group, including the police.
The Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust also condemned the decision.
“It appears to be driven by a small and vociferous minority in the community, and is contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the rainbow community,” The Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust said.
However, Auckland Pride said it is committed “to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity.”