Jaye is a takatāpui person who is studying towards a conjoint BA/BSc in ecology and biodiversity, marine biology, and English literature minoring in Māori studies. They are third year and ope to be fluent in te reo by the end of their degree. They’re passionate about social issues such as feminism, racial equality, conservation and climate change, they also like to draw, read, cook/bake and play video games. Jaye has been involved with InsideOUT since the beginning of 2016 first as a volunteer, then as a trustee. They are excited and enthused to continue their work with InsideOUT and to give back to a community that has given them so much love and support over the years.
Melissa is a bisexual cisgender woman who currently works in administration, having worked in the hospitality industry prior to this. She is a local government enthusiast, animal lover, and coffee addict. She is also a sister to four siblings, which was instrumental in developing her diplomacy skills growing up. Melissa is learning New Zealand Sign Language through evening classes. Eliminating the harmful myths of bisexuality and improving the mental health of her young rainbow whānau are Melissa’s priorities.
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 has recently completed his Circus and Dance degree, 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.
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.
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.
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.