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.
Alex has been volunteering with InsideOUT since 2014, when he got involved with the Day of Silence campaign in his final year of high school. He loves being part of the InsideOUT community and thoroughly enjoys working with dedicated, like-minded people. He is currently studying Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and is committed to creating better access to trans-affirmative healthcare. Alex enjoys reading, trail running, and hopes to one day walk the Te Araroa trail – the length of Aotearoa.
Amber is a trans woman studying towards a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at Victoria University, she is passionate about te ao Māori and abstract mathematics, and would happily bore you to death recounting her favourite proofs. She spends a lot of her time programming, reading or playing video games. Amber is particularly interested in socialist, feminist and postmodern criticisms of society. She’s excited to work with the rest of the InsideOUT board, facilitating their work through sage financial advice.
Liam is a young gay man from Lower Hutt. He is currently studying his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology at Victoria University of Wellington, and is interested in a variety of environmental and social issues. His personal experiences within the rainbow community have driven him to get involved with InsideOUT to improve the lifestyles of queer young people.
Sharna is lesbian woman who is in her third year of her law degree at Victoria University of Wellington. Upon completion of her degree the plan is to have a career in policy development, specifically around improving resources and rights for the rainbow community. Outside of her studies, Sharna is interested in reading, writing, and music.
Heather is a cis, queer woman currently pursuing her Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Victoria University of Wellington and is researching the effects of penal populism and liberal democracy within Aotearoa’s criminal justice system. She has strong feelings regarding sex education for our queer youth, building relationships between the public and ngo sector, and amassing more pot plants. She is excited to contribute back to the queer community, and to learn as a Pākehā how to best serve Aotearoa’s Takatāpui.
Nerida is a cis lesbian woman working in the public sector. She grew up in Southland before
moving to Dunedin to get her law and English degrees. She moved to Wellington in 2015
and joined the InsideOUT board recently to give back to the rainbow community. Nerida
likes reading, gaming and animals. She is eagerly awaiting the day she can get a dog!
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.
Amanda is a lawyer at Cooper Legal, a small human rights law firm in Wellington. She has practiced law in a range of areas for the last 13 years. Amanda has governance experience with student-led organisations, political organisations and not-for-profit incorporated societies and trusts. Many of those organisations advocated for the rainbow community. Amanda was heavily involved in the campaign for civil unions and was also involved in the marriage equality campaign. Amanda is committed to making sure youth, however they identify, understand that they have a place in the world and that they have the right to live with dignity.
Karen has been working in Education for 20 years as a teacher and Educational Psychologist. She is committed to supporting schools and education to being more inclusive of children and young people however they identify. She has also been involved in developing preventing bullying resources for schools in the UK and New Zealand.
Karen has been involved in other wellington queer organisations and in the past has co-chiared Wellington Pride and is a regular presenter on the Lesbian Radio Show.
In her spare time Karen attempts the odd triathlon..enjoys radio presenting and is great at drinking prosecco.