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Big crowds expected for Pride Parade

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/02/2017
The parade commences at the north end of Ponsonby Road about 7.30pm on Saturday. © Getty Images The parade commences at the north end of Ponsonby Road about 7.30pm on Saturday.

A contingent of off-duty police will again march in the annual Pride Parade in Auckland which will highlight challenges as well as achievements.

The parade commences at the north end of Ponsonby Road about 7.30pm on Saturday before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park.

Assistant Commissioner Allan Boreham says the parade provides an opportunity for police employees to support the communities they serve and march, regardless of their gender identity or orientation.

As an organisation police look to encourage staff to "use who they are" not "lose who they are" when becoming a police officer.

Off-duty staff participating in the parade will be in uniform and they will be supported by friends and family marching with them.

Organisers say the parade will celebrate achievements Rainbow communities have notched up and also the challenges they still face.

Homophobia continues, health equity is an issue and HIV/AIDS has still not been beaten. Women don't have pay equity and gender identity isn't included in the Human Rights Act and reassignment surgeries are woefully underfunded, organisers say.

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