People in Tāmaki Makaurau’s Pasifika queer community report feeling shut out by their faith, their culture, their family. Their experiences have never been properly surveyed, and support services are patchy, leading many to feel discriminated against, like they have no voice, like they are lost. Robin Kapeteni’s story, shared with Stuff, is just one of many more. New Zealand already has one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the OECD, but depending on which study you read, for those in the LGBTQIA+ community the risk is upwards of five times higher.

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