Fiji made history as the first country in Pacific Islands (excluding Hawaii & New Zealand) to host an LGBTI Pride parade.
The Pride March coincided with this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT).
Rainbow Pride Foundation’s executive director, Isikeli Vulavou said it was a ‘breakthrough’ to get permission to hold the parade. Local police even provided an escort for the 50 parade participants.
‘Being part of the parade, the participants shared on how liberating it was for them to call upon the public to realise that people of sexual and gender minorities exists, and are here to stay,’ Vulavou told Gay Star News.