The Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa is a collective of lesbian women formed in early 2018 after we noticed lesbians were ‘falling through the gaps’ of mainstream LGBT organisations.
We formed a group to advocate for lesbians and support each other. Our mahi is by lesbians and for lesbians. After all, if we can’t fight for our rights and wellbeing, then who can?
We aim to:
- support lesbian health and wellbeing,
- end anti-lesbian stigma and discrimination,
- secure and maintain lesbian legal and human rights in New Zealand and
- improve lesbian representation and visibility.
We speak as a group rather than as individuals because we value collectivity and want to protect the women in our group who are not publicly out as lesbians. We assert our right to be an exclusively female, exclusively lesbian organisation under Section 19 of the Bill of Rights Act 1990.
Note: We use the term lesbian to mean exclusively same-sex attracted females. Some of us may use the word takatāpui to describe that experience. We prefer not to be known as ‘female homosexuals’.
Our group supports bisexual women but does not specifically advocate for, or represent them.