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Our vision

An Aotearoa where LGBTQIA+ people of colour, particularly South Asians, can be themselves, free of fear and stigma, and explore their potential while challenging discrimination against them.

We're motivated by...

  • The multiple identities of LGBTQIA+ people of colour, particularly South Asians, and the need to challenge stereotypical beliefs about our communities and us
  • A profound sense of learning, sharing, and changing for the better
  • Critical, innovative and inclusive thinking
  • A desire to challenge discrimination and marginalisation, including those rooted in colonisation

Our goals

Statement on the conflict in occupied Palestine

Adhikaar Aotearoa sends our thoughts, aroha and solidarity to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, independence, and resistance to the violent forces of settler colonisation.Read more

Adhikaar Aotearoa Hui

Two weekends ago, Adhikaar Aotearoa’s co-founders, Vinod and Cayathri, came together with two of their trustees, Kiran and Shawn , for our very first Adhikaar Aotearoa hui! Our other trustee,Read more

A busy 2022 and an even busier 2023

Co-founder, Vinod Bal, outlines the year that was for Adhikaar Aotearoa and provides an outline of what is in store for 2023.Read more

A reflection on The Adhikaar Report

Sandra Dickson reflects on The Adhikaar Report. Sandra is a Pākehā bisexual cis woman. She has been active in community building and activism inside Rainbow communities since she came out 33 yearsRead more

The Adhikaar Report

“All participants agree that more work needs to be done to give visibility to ethnic LGBT+ communities, their struggles and their stories” and “84% have been discriminated against theirRead more

The crimes against Afghan LGBT+ refugees - and how to help

Scholar-advocate Vinod Bal explores the circumstances for LGBT+ Afghans under the Taliban regime and calls for a rainbow refugee quota for New Zealand.Read more

Cayathri's Interview on Radio Tarana

One of our co-founders, Cayathri Divakalala was interviewed by Radio Tarana. Cayathri talked about Adhikaar Aotearoa, our work and commented on a recent case whereby a bi-sexual man from India wasRead more

Why are we proud?

One of our new Trustees, Kiran Patel (he/him) explores what pride means to him.Read more

"Atlas" by Shawn Wimalaratne

Supporter of Adhikaar Aotearoa, Shawn Wimalaratne (he/him), writes about their fascination with Atlas'. He talks about the themes of homosexuality, immigration, and the strength of family.Read more

LGBTQIA+ Rights in Asia: A Legal Battleground

Scholar-advocate Vinod Bal, co-founder of Adhikaar Aotearoa, explores the queer battles occurring in Asia’s courts. As he describes, there have been many triumphs throughout the years, tempered byRead more

Welcome to Adhikaar Aotearoa

Father waits for the day I bring a crimson bride Yet if I sit on a white horse It’ll be an empty ride -“Beta,” Rakesh Ratti, YaraanaRead more

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