Rainbow Labour Policy

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights. This means all people should have the same basic rights, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Future Labour Governments will continue to work towards equality by eliminating remaining areas of discrimination in our law, and ensuring that Rainbow* New Zealanders can live in safety and dignity.


1. Support ending HIV by 2025, by funding PrEP and other treatments.

We will provide the New Zealand AIDS Foundation with the funding they need to achieve their goal of ending HIV in New Zealand by 2025 and we will provide the funding for the treatments necessary to make this happen.

2. Improve access to affordable health care for younger, trans and intersex New Zealanders

We will make it easier for younger people, trans people and intersex people to get the health care they need. This will include ensuring health professionals are properly trained in issues around sexual orientation and gender diversity.

We will also ensure all DHBs reduce barriers for trans and gender diverse people when it’s time to access gender affirming healthcare.

Most of all, we will ensure fair access to publicly funded gender affirming surgical options for trans and gender diverse people based on need

3. Provide targeted suicide prevention funding

We will increase the funding provided to rainbow community support and crisis services who deal with suicide prevention. We will also increase resourcing for youth mental health.

To help make this happen, we need to know who needs what, where and when. There is a dearth of information available on the rainbow communities and so we will accurately collect statistical data on our own communities so we can make better decisions on our health, social development and justice for your young people.


4. Ensure support for Rainbow Youth in kiwi schools and eradicate discrimination, violence, bullying and self-harm

We all had varying experiences in school. Some of us were lucky but people we know and saw were devastated by the way they were treated. We will take action to eliminate discrimination, violence and bullying in order to combat suicide and self-harm. We don't want anybody to have to go through some of the things some of our youth today still go through.

It’s also important that students understand the diversity in society. That is the key to helping understand each other.
To ensure this happens, we will support schools to make plans on how to deal with bullying of rainbow students, if they are being bullied for sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, or intersex status; and we will make sure they have the funding to do this.

We will also implement the Ministry of Education's 2015 sexuality education guidelines as part of the compulsory health curriculum.

And to make sure this all actually happens, we will make sure the government is looking after us by adding anti-bullying reporting requirements in its review of schools.


5. Support adoption by same-sex partners

We will change the law to allow same-sex couples to adopt children in need. This also includes foster care, short-term guardianship, and other forms of custody.

6. Improve access to services and rights for trans and intersex New Zealanders

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission made a report called ‘To be Who I Am: Kia Noho au Ki Toku Ano Au Final report of the Inquiry into Discrimination experienced by Transgender and Intersex People’. This was the result of the world’s first inquiry by a national human rights institution into discrimination experienced by transgender people. The inquiry focused on the experiences of discrimination, access to health services, and barriers to legal recognition of gender status.

We will follow the recommendations of the report, including to make it easier to change their official documentation, by preventing misgendering in the justice and corrections system, and by introducing a child-rights based healthcare protocol for intersex children. This means that, unless the intervention would be life-saving, intersex children should not be operated on to remove ambiguous reproductive or sex organs.

We will engage with the rainbow communities to support a ‘whole of life’ approach to our wellbeing when developing policies and laws.

7. End formal discrimination in law

In New Zealand, the Bill of Rights is supposed to protect people from discrimination by the government based on their sex, marital status, religious belief, ethical belief, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, disability, age, political opinion, employment status, family status, and sexual orientation. However, there has never been explicit protection for people who are trans, gender diverse, or intersex. We will review laws and policies that interfere with people’s right to be free.

We will also change the Human Rights Act 1990 to include gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination.
We will go further than that though. Internationally, there is a lot we can do to help our rainbow communities siblings. We will strengthen New Zealand’s participation in international groups dealing with Human Rights, such as the United Nations. We will use our voice on the international stage to oppose criminalisation of discrimination against people in the rainbow communities,
And we will use the refugee and asylum seeker policy as a way to address the humanitarian needs of LTBGI global citizens.

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