Compass was a QSA leader at their school and since then has become more and more involved with volunteering in the rainbow community.
They, along with other amazing InsideOUT volunteers, host and coordinate SpeakOut Radio which airs fortnightly on 106.1 FM. They are passionate about activism and working towards rainbow young people feeling safe and involved in their communities.
A youth worker and educator who has been volunteering with InsideOUT for five years with a focus on supporting and empowering young people in the rainbow community living with mental illness/disability.
Maggie is also undertaking a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University and is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in their spare time.
Kia ora koutou! Ko Brit taku ikoa. He takatāpui ahau. He māraurau mahi pāpori, kohara mahi taiohi ahau
I am a qualified social worker, passionate about rangatahi, mental health and raising the mana of all people.
My best friends include John (my blue-tongue lizard) & Titch (bestie/dog) and my many other animals. Arohanui xx
(they/them, he/him, ia/tana/ana)
Jaye is a young takatāpui person who recently completed a conjoint BA/BSc in ecology and biodiversity, marine biology, and English literature minoring in Māori studies, and they’re extremely excited to be returning to tertiary studies to complete a masters degree in marine biology. They have been working as a te reo Māori tutor in different roles since 2018, and are extremely passionate about increasing their understanding of mātauranga Māori and te reo. Jaye has been involved with InsideOUT since the beginning of 2016 first as a volunteer, then as a secretary on the board of trustees, and they served as our chairperson for two years. 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.
Sophie is studying towards her Master of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Victoria University. She loves painting, making jewellery and and is passionate about rainbow equality, intersectional feminism and climate change.
She became a volunteer with InsideOUT to promote and educate people about rainbow issues in New Zealand and loves facilitating workshops. Sophie also likes reading, coffee and collecting giant earrings.
My name is Tiare and I identify as Takatāpui and a trans man. I’m from Taranaki and now live in the beautiful capital.
I’m currently studying at Victoria University and am in my last year of studies. My main interests are hitting the gym, sports such as basketball and rugby league, cooking and hanging out with the pals. I enjoy being a volunteer with InsideOUT.
Sarah is a rainbow identifying cis woman from Nelson, now residing in Ōtautahi. She studies Politics and Education under a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Canterbury with a passion for anything relating to youth!
Her facebook and instagram cite herself as a student by day, and youth worker & volunteer by any spare time she gets. She enjoys any and all time spent in the sun, loves writing, is an avid thrifter with an overflowing closet full of colour, and a heavily enthusiastic animal rights advocate (yes, that means vegan). A specific area of interest for her is improving education and acknowledgement of all things sexuality and identity within Aotearoa’s schools.
Molly identifies as a bisexual woman. Born and raised in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, she is now living in Martinborough.
She is currently a PhD student studying how sexism impacts people’s support seeking behaviour and is also part of the Clinical Psychology program at Victoria University. Outside of her mahi, Molly likes to find a healthy balance between getting outdoors and going for walks, and curling up and watching Netflix with a cuppa tea
Ari is a bubbly Design student from Massey University. They aspire to provide the best support to their fellow peers, as well as to help improve the queer spaces for people of colour in Wellington.
In their downtime, Ari can be seen striding across town and, occasionally, with a kazoo in hand.
Rowan is a bisexual genderqueer trans man with a passion for intersectional feminism, cheesy scifi/fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons. He volunteers with InsideOUT assisting the Wellington School’s Coordinator in monthly QSA leadership meet ups and has filmed/ recorded audio for Shift Hui in the past. He has a BA in Classics and Philosophy and a Bachelor’s in Creative Technology majoring in film. In spare time that he doesn’t have, he hosts a podcast about queer representation in media. Rowan is passionate about telling diverse stories and advocating for queer youth, wanting to provide the things he needed growing up to the next generation.
Juliette is a queer woman studying law and politics. In particular, she is passionate about tackling climate change as well as reducing inequality and discrimination in New Zealand. She is very excited about being part of InsideOUT’s work providing much-needed support to young rainbow youth in Aotearoa. She spent most of her childhood in Singapore and the Netherlands, which has led to her wanting to travel and live abroad in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her cat, painting, sewing, and binging TV shows.
Antalya currently lives in Central Auckland. She grew up all over Auckland City with a few years in China and Japan, but her heart belongs to New York City. She identifies as a bisexual woman, and will often refer to herself as queer. Her interests include cross stitching, rollerskating, going to the cinema, and eating brunch with her friends. She is involved with InsideOUT, because of how much she admires everything they do for the Rainbow community.
Josh is a current student at Victoria University in Wellington studying a development studies major and minoring in gender and sexuality studies. He is passionate about people, music and gender diversity. Born and raised in Marlborough, Josh moved to Auckland in 2014 to study travel and tourism and has since worked throughout the country in the travel industry before starting at his new journey at university. Josh now resides in Wellington and loves working with insideOUT to provide support and education within the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
BenJa Mckie is a Poneke based Urban Development nerd and healthy housing advocate of Ngāti Porou descent, with a particular interest in emergency housing for marginalised communities. BenJa joined InsideOUT in 2019 on the back of personal introspection as well as a want for action towards helping LGBTQ+ communities.
Callum is a recent graduate from Massey University (BA Politics), based in Palmerston North. They identify as non-binary/queer and use they/them pronouns. Most of their spare time is spent making and collecting music, with a love for electronic and goth/alternative music, and Callum is often found hanging out at The Stomach, a local venue. Callum also loves to read fantasy/sci fi, poetry, and political theory – although their time for reading is sadly at an all-time low.
Charlie is a trans-masculine trans activist who is from Manawatū. He moved to Pōneke for film study and has now graduated. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing games, and making art. He wants to improve trans resources both within learning environments and in general New Zealand and has a wealth of trans and queer networks.
Charlotte is from Auckland. She is currently in her first year of her conjoint Bachelor of Health (Population Health, Policy, Service Access) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). She loves cycling, playing music, and spending hours on tiktok – because her algorithm suggests the most *immaculate, wholesome, and gen-z safe*, videos. She is volunteering for InsideOUT to help Aotearoa become the most safe, accepting, and fabulous place that it can be.
Danica started volunteering with InsideOUT to pass on her experiences leading a rainbow diversity group, and has been involved with facilitating Q’d Up meetups and supporting individual high school rainbow diversity groups. She’s particularly interested in empowering young people to develop their own leadership skills. In her spare time, Danica can be found enjoying literary memes, colour-coding spreadsheets, and photographing her dogs.
Kezia studied Communication at Massey and now works in marketing, and is a lifelong Wellingtonian! She is bisexual and is interested in volunteering with InsideOUT to feel more connected to and offer her support and skills to her community. She loves writing (fiction, non-fiction, everything!), reading, video games, and enjoying a good iced latte with friends in the weekend!
Lara is an ace lesbian living in Palmerston North, born and raised. They are in their final year of university studying creative writing and theatre. In their spare time, they love to create art, write stories and poetry, Dungeons and Dragons, listen to endless streams of musical theatre, and spend time with their friends. They love theatre and take part whenever they can, whether it’s acting or part of the crew.
Mila is that very stylish and friendly Russian you may see all over the place as she’s trying to get involved with the community as much as she can since arriving in Wellington in July 2019. She’s been the President of Student Connection at WelTec and Whitireia for over a year and the national Women’s officer for NZISA, while studying Bachelor of Business. She’s into lots of things, especially psychology, politics, fashion, languages and watching films and shows (e.g. #team avatar). Having experienced quite a few challenges in life, especially with her identity and societal acceptance, she’s just trying to make sure others have someone to support them to have it a bit better.
Pelle is a gay trans man from Norway, who has lived in NZ with his husband since 2014. He has a degree in film, and works as a research assistant at VUW. Pelle loves animals and fosters for Wellington Rabbit Rescue. He has only recently come out as trans, despite knowing since he was 4 years old. This is what makes him passionate about volunteering for inside out, as he would like to be the safe trans adult he needed in his life growing up.
Yvette is a pansexual woman who really loves writing her own songs and playing guitar. She is studying psychology at Massey University for a Bachelor Degree. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, feminism and animal conservation. She became a volunteer to advocate for LGBTQ+ issues that will help NZ’s rainbow youth feel less alone and feel bravery to be themselves. Yvette’s biggest dream is to become a clinical psychologist, start her own practice and make it a safe space for LGBTQ+ people.