Shaneel Shavneel Lal (They/Them) is iTaukei and Indian, and identifies as vaka sa lewa lewa and hijra. Lal is the founder of the Conversion Therapy Action Group, a group working to end conversion therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lal is an executive board member of Rainbow Youth and Auckland Pride Festival and a trustee of Adhikaar Aoteaora, a non-profit charity that provides education, support and advocacy for queer South Asians. Lal is a political commentator on queer and indigenous rights issues and a law and psychology student at the University of Auckland.
Augmented reality installation ATUA claims space for Indigenous Queerness through Te Kore, the void.
Today Shaneel stands before the justice committee to make an oral submission on the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill. This is their story.
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