Nathaniel hails from Auckland, studying a Fine Arts Degree he volunteers with InsideOUT to give back to the queer community that helped him when he was a youth himself. Identifying as queer, trans and takatāpui. He hopes to help young trans/takatāpui youth through volunteering with InsideOUT.
Maggie is a 22 y.o queer cat obsessed individual. Being Irish is a large part of their identity, and they are currently learning Gaelic to connect more with their family. They are studying an Ecology and Psychology double major at Victoria University to pursue a career in conservation and animal behaviour in Aotearoa. They have been with Youthline for over 3 years, progressing to phone counselling and youth work, along with volunteering with School’s Out. They have connected with InsideOUT through their passion and drive for helping others and by being a role model for youth.
Laura is a Fine Arts graduate who volunteers with InsideOUT. She is passionate about listening, learning and educating through InsideOUT as well as her own art practice. Laura thinks education surrounding gender and sexuality needs to be bigger and better in order to be normalised. She is happy to be a part of an organisation which works to make Aotearoa a safer space for gender sex and sexuality minorities.
Jewelia is a queer art student focusing on drawing and printmaking. She loves books and pretty things and colour and glitter and jokes and wants the world to be a brighter, happier place. She’s all about intersectional feminism and making people feel comfortable to be who they are. She hopes to do her bit to help out in whatever small way she can to make things better for the community.
Molly identifies as a bisexual woman. Born and raised in Wellington, she has a BSc in Biology and in 2017 she is pursuing an honours degree in Psychology, with a focus on romantic relationships. While her current research uses data from predominantly heterosexual couples, she would like her future focus to be on lgbtqia+ couples and their romantic interactions. In her spare time, Molly loves to practice yoga, have a hit on the tennis court, and cook for friends and family.
Lilly is a third year undergrad from the mighty Hawkes Bay who moved to Wellington in search of all things music and culture fueled. First coming out as bisexual at the age of 15, it wasn’t until 2015 that she realised she was actually pansexual as heck (to clarify, a-okay with pots or pans).
Currently writing indie-ish ballads with her guitar and available keys, she’s attempting not to be a couch potato while learning 3 languages at once. She hopes she doesn’t crash and burn in the process. She got involved in InsideOUT as she knows first hand how scary being rejected and outcast is whether it’s from family, friends, school or the general public. She wants to help others discover their own mana in order to stand up and truly be themselves no matter where they are.
Rosie is a queer pākehā woman born and raised in Wellington. She is passionate about celebrating and supporting those in the community who exist in minority groups of gender and sexuality. She studied sociology and public health at Otago University, and was involved in an intersectional feminist collective during that time. Since then she has worked mainly in the disability sector, and wishes to devote more energy to advocacy for gay, lesbian, queer, questioning and trans and gender nonconforming/nonbinary youth in Aotearoa. She loves dancing to loud music, attending local gigs, making art, laughing and sharing life with her whānau and friends.
Dani is a 24-year-old queer and trans media scholar and activist on a never-ending genderquest. They owe much to the mahi of volunteers dedicated to the wellbeing of rainbow youth and consider it a duty as a result to give back to the community in any way possible. In the last few years this means has taken the form of work with UniQ Victoria, where they help rainbow youth come of age within the university, and No Pride In Prisons, with which they fight for the end of prisons in Aotearoa and the explicit threat that they pose not just to the rainbow community, but all those made vulnerable by capitalist society. Talkin’ bout a revolution!
Aliyah is a pākehā trans femme in her 20’s who currently lives in Wellington. She is a student and artist, and centres her community work around creative expression. She is passionate about trans culture, hirstory and representation and wants to see widespread institutional change as well as the end of violence against trans and gender nonconforming people.
James is a last year high school student with plans to study Medicine at Otago University in early 2018 in hopes of becoming a doctor further down in life’s road. He enjoys learning about the human anatomy in biology whilst also having a love for design. James connected with InsideOUT on many of the various activities and event organised and hosted by InsideOUT to help him meet new people. He identifies as gay and has been out for 4 years. Reasons behind volunteering with InsideOUT is his passion to help others and he sees this volunteering opportunity is a way to gives others the joy and eduction InsideOUT has given him to others of the LGBTQ community.
Kate is a 24-year-old honours from Wellington student studying film theory at Victoria, with aspirations to study social work. She’s an organiser for No Pride in Prisons and is committed to building a better world. She loves nerding out over movies and video games, particularly Dragon Age. She has a fondness for 90s camp and a newfound love of denim.
James is an 18-year-old dude from Wellington, who has identified as queer for the past four years. He’s enthusiastic about getting involved with the queer community and hopes to help support and empower them in as many ways as possible during his time with InsideOUT! James is currently taking a gap year, but hopes to study towards becoming a librarian in the future; his other interests include animated films, video games, sociolinguistics and Star Wars.
In Wellington, born and raised on a playground was where Hal spent most of their days. Hal is an 18 year old studying graphic design who is proud to identify as a nonbinary bicycle(bisexual). They love a good cuppa, memes and nerdy things like anime, star wars etc. They also cosplay in their spare time. They want to help queer youth, educate others about LGBTQ issues and inspire people to follow their dreams! Their dream is to have their own artist brand and website one day.
Hann is a trans non-binary person with a love for all things divine. They grew up in Otautahi but have lived all over the place since. They graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts and an unfinished law degree. Always aiming to disrupt hegemonic systems of power with a politics of care, Hann sees InsideOUT as a pivotal organisation for empowering queer youth in Aotearoa.
Sam is a postgraduate student studying public health, focusing on improving transgender health services, creating more competent care, and protecting LGBTQI rights within the health system. He also has experience working in mental health advocacy. When not working on a thesis or volunteering Sam is playing music, seeing local theatre, playing basketball, or playing a board-game with friends.