Auckland Pride has released a fundraising campaign, Where It Matters, to support queer and trans creatives responding to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the arts industry. Auckland Pride is putting its support where it matters, and supporting initiatives so that queer and trans BIPOC (black, indigenous, and all people of colour) communities in Aotearoa are equitably resourced to share their stories and have safe spaces to celebrate in.
Where It Matters supports five different initiatives and events that are created for and by these communities. These are initiatives that showcase brilliance, uplift artists, and give space to QTBIPOC in Aotearoa. From the launch of cultural competency model The Well, to the Say Her Name Vogue Ball supporting the Black Trans Lives Matter movement, a QTBIPOC Club night Filthsupporting upcoming DJs and artists, a safe and inclusive space celebrating diverse bodies and destigmatising sex work BodyHaus, and COVEN’s third annual Halloween Ball – these incredible events and initiatives will support and celebrate our QTBIPOC communities in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Director of Pride Max Tweedie says “The effects of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have both highlighted the importance of supporting creatives from communities that are structurally disadvantaged by racism. Auckland Pride is committed to continuing our work to empower those communities to be visible, heard, and celebrated during Pride. Where It Matters is only a part of our responsibility to QTBIPOC communities, and we’re proud to do our part to break down barriers. So we really encourage you to support the arts during our COVID recovery, and put your money where it matters.”
Auckland Pride is aiming to raise $12,500 over four weeks on Boosted to support these five events and initiatives, launching Wednesday 8 July. Calling on Auckland Pride’s wider community and network to get behind this campaign to open their pockets and purses, and support these incredible queer initiatives. The money will go towards the creatives, artists and organisers that have cultivated the spaces and initiatives that directly benefit their communities.
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