A special edition Pride Stamp has been developed by New Zealand Post to celebrate the country’s Pride Month which will be held under no Covid-19 restrictions this year due to the country’s ability to keep the virus under control.
The Pride stamp has been created collaboratively with Wellington Pride and wider Rainbow community groups and celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Takatāpui, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTTQIA+) community, and allies.
Auckland Pride is taking place 3-28 February and there are many other Pride events taking place throughout New Zealand over the next couple of months.
The design chosen to celebrate Pride on the NZ Post stamp is Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag.
Historian Will Hansen explained it is the result of Quasar drawing inspiration from a series of pride flags, including the original rainbow Pride Flag, first designed by American activist Gilbert Baker in 1978.
“In this particular design, Quasar also incorporates the colours of the Trans Pride Flag as created by Monica Helms in 1999, pink, blue and white, alongside black and brown stripes from the More Color, More Pride Flag designed by Amber Hikes to highlight racism within queer communities.”
The added colours, which form a chevron arrow at the hoist of the flag, point to the right to show “forward movement,” while being situated along the left of the flag to show “that progress still needs to be made.”
Natasha Loveday, leader of the NZ Post Rainbow Equality Group said NZ Post achieved the Rainbow Tick accreditation in August 2020 and it’s terrific they are able to celebrate Pride in this way.
“People can collect this special edition stamp and display it in all sorts of ways to show their commitment to inclusion for all people in Aotearoa New Zealand.”
Vivian Lyngdoh Wellington Pride Chair, said they are very grateful to NZ Post for working with them to create a beautiful Pride stamp that holds so much meaning.
“Our mission for 2021 is to create a festival that amplifies the voices of the LGBTTQIA+ community, and this Pride stamp perfectly symbolises that kaupapa.”
“The Wellington Pride Festival runs from 13-27 March 2021, and we’re looking forward to holding over 80 community-led events in the Greater Wellington Region. Keep an eye on our social media for more information,” said Vivian Lyngdoh.
The stamp is coming out this week and will be available for sale here.
Last Updated on Feb 5, 2021