#LetUsLand: calling on Aotearoa New Zealand to allow true global participation in the ILGA World Conference

The ILGA World Conference 2019 is only ten days away.

More than 400 persons are going to gather together in Wellington for this historic moment, held in Oceania for the first time and celebrating 40 years of our global rainbow family.

As of today, about 50 participants from around the world still haven’t been granted a visa – a hurdle that could jeopardise the diversity and inclusiveness of the conference.

“We know that everyone has been working tirelessly to ensure that participants can get to Wellington – including New Zealand Immigration, our local host organisations and the conference organiser, activists, ILGA World and its board”, said André du Plessis, Executive Director of ILGA World. “We are grateful for all that has been done, however the participation of delegates is still at stake. New Zealand has already been incredibly hospitable to us – including with a marvellous welcome sign painted by the Wellington airport that got the whole world talking: all we ask is that the government process the outstanding visas as quickly as possible and #LetUsLand by that beautiful rainbow.”

ILGA World Conferences have been a reference point for the LGBTI activists’ world for the past 40 years.

Over 120 scholarships were granted for the event, supporting delegates from 87 countries – over 75% of whom come from the Global South. A strong emphasis was placed on supporting people from marginalised population groups and identities – including sex workers, persons with disabilities, persons living with HIV, and more.

(photo: Jac Lynch / Wellington Airport)