Adrian is a 5″1, chronically ill, pansexual trans guy who lives in Wellington. Until going to university, Adrian lived in the Wairarapa, and before that, on a farm outside of Upper Hutt.
Adrian is studying for his degree in Circus and Dance, and performs a handful of different skills and art forms regularly in various Wellington shows.
Adrian has also won the title of Mr Gay Wellington 2016, which he hopes will allow him to extend a hand to help the lgbtqia+ community, and help make a safer place for people of all identities.
Adrian uses both He and They pronouns.
Kate is a young and passionate student who will be majoring in Sociology and minoring in Theatre at Victoria University for 2017. She is a writer, actor, poet and keen to do her part for the community. Social justice, equity and equality are all very important to Kate and she wishes to promote these ideas during her time at InsideOUT.
Jaye is a bisexual non-binary person who strongly identifies as takatāpui as well. Jaye is first year Ecology and Biodiversity, Marine Biology, English Literature, and minoring in Māori studies, and they hope to be fluent in Te reo Māori by the end of their undergraduate degree. They like to read, write, and draw, and they also enjoy having discussions about racism, gender, sexuality and feminism, which they are very passionate about. Jaye has been involved with volunteering at InsideOUT since the beginning of 2016, and they are super excited to get more involved with the organisation- especially with the education programme in high schools.
Frances is a postgraduate public health student currently based in Wellington. Her previous studies have been in sociology and her research interests include inequities, mental health and social change. She got involved as a volunteer with InsideOUT in 2015 and joined the board in June 2016.
Alex identifies as an asexual transgender guy who likes books, animal and human rights activism and is currently at Victoria University studying sociology. He first got involved with InsideOUT through campaigning for the Day of Silence in 2014, and helped film Shift Hui. Now Alex leads the InsideOUT Radio Show! While at high school he co-founded Club Sandwich, Onslow’s QSA and spoke openly about his identity through devised theatre and music composition in an effort to humanise gender diversity.
Emma is a queer feminist with a first class honours degree in gender politics and media studies. In 2015 she wrote her dissertation on a high school feminist club and, inspired by them, she is so excited to join the board of InsideOUT, where she hopes to work towards making schools and wider communities better places for people of all genders and sexualities. She has mentored high school students for a long time and believes that all young people have a right to imagine great futures for themselves. For this we need safe spaces to live and learn in, and empowering tools to learn with – many of which are missing from conventional schooling, namely good information about sexuality and gender. Emma is also a cartoonist and writer, and hopes to contribute to a world with more good representations of queer people and women.
Tallulah identifies as a gay woman who has a passion for gender equality and making the world a better place. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations and through learning it at university, knows NZSL. She is beginning a career in working with young people and children in a variety of ways, primarily through life-skills workshops. In her small amount of spare time she bakes vegan deliciousness, learns to play the mandolin, hangs out with her bearded dragon, and brainstorms things she can do to support young people. She is a self-professed cynical optimist who wants the world to be peaceful and happy.
Bronwyn is a queer feminist with a disability. Her roles include activist, auntie, artist, thinker, writer and homemaker. She cares a lot about social justice and wants everybody to have access to the same opportunities in life regardless of their gender, sexuality, race, religion or ability. Her professional background is in human resources, government services and conflict resolution. Bronwyn is a consumer representative for disability and mental health services across the Wellington district health boards. She is also involved with the Wellington Timebank, where she helps to weave generosity and sustainability into daily life. She thinks communities are really important and that capitalism isn’t the answer to all of our problems. Her favourite things are food, books, crafts, television, peppermint tea and cats.
PJ Ashleigh Feu’u
PJ strongly identifies as a Samoan fa’afafine. She is an academic scholar and an activist for Pacific indigenous identities, specifically fa’afafine. She holds a Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington. Her academic qualifications include international relations, political science, sociology, gender and women’s studies. Currently she is working on an article for a collaborated unpublished book and is pursuing a PhD.
PJ has participated in Pacific seminars with a gender and sexuality focus and interviewed on ACCESS Radio 783AM sharing her experience as a fa’afafine. She has been involved in a previous project for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective specifically relating to sexual and reproductive health. She is thrilled to be an Executive Advisor for InsideOUT to add a Pacific voice and to support young people with diverse identities.
Joanna is a queer mum to two young boys and works as an ICT Contractor promoting great service by design. She is an advocate for being part of the change you want to see. InsideOUT allows Jo to continue her passion for voluntary work and mentoring.