Queenstown Pride Pledge

The pride peldge is an inititive which aims to raise visibility for safe space in our communities. The focus is to raise awareness of the values of safety, inclusiveness and health for all LGBTTQ+ (rainbow) people.

All people can participate in this: whether you are a rainbow person or not, as we all can make our support of the rainbow community visible in our workplaces, social spaces and any place where we connect with others.

Where was the Pride Pledge born?

The Pride Pledge was started in Queenstown, NZ, after the Winter Pride crew realised that, although the town had an inclusive heart, it was very difficult for rainbow people to see any visible signs that they were welcome and included. This was despite all the Winter Pride festival partners and businesses across the community being highly supportive of tolerance, love and inclusion.

So how could we, as a community, show that we were serious about safety, visibility and inclusion for all?

The answer, in part, was to visibly show our support for our core values; fly the flag, so to speak, and to link the flying of the flag to our core values as a community.

Our Pledge: To use our voice...

And so the Pride Pledge was born. This is a pledge, for everyone who takes it, to use their voice, big or small, to support visibility, safety, tolerance, love, diversity and inclusion.

Part of that visibility is to share your personal commitment on social media, to fly the flag of support proudly, and to make all members of the rainbow community feel welcome, included and safe wherever we have the opportunity to do so.

Of course, there will be some mistakes and learnings on the way, and we believe that - with ample kindness and openness to living our core values - we will be able to fully celebrate our diversity and create a safe and proud space for all.

And so, it was with no small level of delight, that we secured the support of a number of key people and orgnisations who have helped us to make this inititive possible:

  • The Queenstown Lakes District Council has supported these values through enabling the Rainbow Crossing on Beach Street and some other funding for aspects of the Winter Pride Festival, both of which raise visibility in our community
  • Ray White (Queenstown) who are highly valued foundation partner, enabling the development of our website, and social promotion campaign
  • Karen Boult, patron of the Pride Pledge, who has put up her hand to help raise awareness and to support the celebration of our inclusive values.
  • and Winter Pride, who contributed considerable goodwill and support to developing an inclusive vlaues base whch lives all year round, far beyond the Winter Pride Festival itself.

For a full list of supporters and partners, please look at the "supporters" page.

The Pride Pledge is run as a social enterprise. All money raised goes towards covering administration and related running costs and all additional money raised is redirected into the operation of the Winter Pride festival and its related parts.