The organisers of the Cook Islands' first ever Pride Day have made a decision to put their plans on hold indefinitely. 20031507/ 20031508
This month’s Cook Islands Pride Day will not go ahead as a precautionary measure to manage the risk of coronavirus transmission.
While there are no cases of Covid-19 in the Cook Islands, organisers of the event have made a decision to put their plans on hold indefinitely.
The event was to have taken place on March 27.
Pride Cook Islands spokesperson Karla Eggelton said: “I’m sure people will understand the reasons for our decision.
“Everyone around the Cook Islands are doing their bit to manage the risk of a potential coronavirus outbreak, including avoiding close contact with others. Large public events are designed to bring people together and that makes social distancing an obvious challenge.
“We’ll reassess our plans and when the time’s right we’ll resurrect our plans for the Cook Islands first Pride Day. You know what they say, there’s always a rainbow after the rain!”
Pride Day was organised by Te Tiare Association, the body that represents the Cook Islands’ LGBT+ community. Te Tiare is leading the Pride Cook Islands campaign to end the ongoing criminalisation of same sex relationships.
Under current Cook Islands law same-sex activity is illegal.
In November last year the select committee reviewing the law stated it wanted to retain the criminal ban. The matter is now expected to go before Parliament in June.