We are an advocacy and social group for lesbians.
We started the LRAA in 2018 after we noticed lesbians falling through the gaps of mainstream LGBT organisations. Our mahi is by lesbians and for lesbians. After all, if we don’t stand up for ourselves, then who will?
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 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.