Sandus and Zealandia have reaffirmed their commitment to the advancement and development of human and civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, and other members of the queer community (LGBTQ+) on the occasion of this year’s celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Week. Both countries have jointly published posters in support of LGBTQ+ people around the world and LGBTQ+ micronationalists in particular, a sociopolitical community which features greatly in both countries.
The posters were created by the Sandum economic cooperative, Erganê Artisanal Cooperative, in its recently established role as the creator of Sandum propaganda posters.
The publication of the posters comes after a brief discussion by the Sôgmô with Queen Astrid expressing a hope to renew the Sandum-Zealandian commitment for LGBTQ+ rights and human dignity, affirmed in a ground-breaking agreement last June for LGBTQ+ Pride Week. This project comes after the Sandum government expressed its dismay at the event surrounding early August 2014, when Sandus and Zealandia promulgated the Denton Protocol. The Central People’s Government of Sandus considers itself to be abandoned by the Zealandian government under Foreign Minister Lindström after political and diplomatic opposition began to mount against the coalition, though Sandus considers itself as having won the initial goal and purpose of the Denton Protocol: following the early August promulgation of the international accord, various states and national leaders agreed to abide by the Protocol’s terms of respect for transgender micronationalists.
The Zealandian view is that the Foreign Minister’s actions preserved Zealandian diplomatic integrity and respect, though the Sandum government notes that Zealandians benefit from Sandus’s hard-fought diplomatic struggle to secure basic respect for trans* micronationalists.