A SUPPORT group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans-genders has been formed at the University of the South Pacific.
The 'Drodrolagi' (Fijian word for rainbow which is the international symbol for gay, lesbian and bisexual pride) Movement had its first meeting on Monday afternoon with a good turnout of students and supporters both queer and straight.
Coordinator and avid GLBT activist, Kris Prasad said he was inspired by the work of the Drodrolagi Association that was set up in 1997 and wanted to mirror their initiative in providing a safe environment and support structure for queer students and raise awareness at USP.
When asked about the risks of marginalisation and alienation of students that might intend to join Drodrolagi Movement, Kris expressed concern.
"Safety is paramount for us. We want students to be comfortable in their own skin, and joining the movement is totally voluntary."
Students present at the meeting expressed their excitement with the Movement. Members of the gay community in Suva shared similar sentiments, saluting the efforts of young activists such as Kris Prasad in creating awareness and establishing safe spaces for queer students in such an impressionable institution as USP.
Reigning Miss Senikau, Rani Ravudi, a strong advocate for gay rights and equality, said "this would be the stepping stone for GLBT students on campus to help eradicate homophobia and other issues they face". Rani also stressed the importance of HIV and health awareness.
Also present at the meeting was 2010 Hibiscus contestant, Miss Youth Coalition, Paulini Saurogo and the Young Women's Officer from the Fiji Women's Rights Movement, Filomena Tuivanualevu.
Both women, being former students, worried about opposition to the idea, but were positive about the movement's objectives ¡¡¡¡ù pledging their support for future events and activities.