Karel Teriihauroa Luciani (he/him)

A still from a television interview with Karel Teriihauroa Luciani

Karel Teriihauroa Luciani is mā’ohi indigenous Tahitian. Now 57 years old, Terii was born to two parents of mixed mā’ohi, European and Chinese ancestry.

Terii is a Leader for the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA). Terii has been an activist for LGBTQIA+ rights for over 25 years, beginning in 1997 with the Homosphere association in New Caledonia. After 17 years of working in the Oceania region for regional organisations, and 4 years in France, today, in French Polynesia (mā’ohi  nui), Terii is president of the LGBTQIA+ organization Cousins Cousines de Tahiti and president of local AIDS organization Agir contre le SIDA.

Terii is also Vice President of the regional organization Alliance LGBT+ Franco Océanienne and a senior ILGA Oceania board member (treasurer). Terii engages in HIV prevention activities through the various LGBTQIA+ and AIDS groups in which he holds posts.   

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.