Creating Rainbow Inclusive Schools
InsideOUT are hosting a series of workshops in nine regions across Aotearoa in the lead up to Pink Shirt Day 2020, funded by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, for anyone wanting to make changes in their school to create more inclusive environments for rainbow young people. This is a great chance to connect with other schools and learn from each other about creating safe environments. By working together to celebrate our rainbow diversity, we can prevent and stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
The workshops will be held in the regions listed below. Don’t see a date for your region yet? Click here to register your interest
- Tauranga – Tuesday 15 October 2019
- Rotorua – Wednesday 16 October 2019
- Taupō – Thursday 17 October 2019
- New Plymouth – Monday 23 September 2019
- Palmerston North
- West Coast
The workshop will focus on tips for starting and sustaining a rainbow diversity group or queer straight alliance, and is suitable for groups of all stages. We will also look at key initiatives and events your school can take part in throughout the year, like Pink Shirt Day, an annual bullying prevention campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation. We’ll explore the Pink Shirt Day tagline ‘Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying’ and give you practical ways to use it within your school. We’ll explore what you want to achieve in your school and help you set goals for the year ahead.
The workshop is open to both high-school students and school staff to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or questions.
Pink Shirt Day is a bullying prevention campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. It originated in Canada in 2007 after two students took a stand against homophobic bullying and mobilised their whole school when a student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. In New Zealand, it aims to create environments where all people feel safe, valued and respected regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background. The next Pink Shirt Day will be held in May 2020. Learn more and register your involvement at http://bit.ly/346HSuv
In the lead up to Pink Shirt Day 2019, an annual bullying prevention campaign, InsideOUT hosted a series of fun, interactive workshops for schools. The workshops were for students and staff wanting to make changes in their schools to celebrate our rainbow diversity, and end homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. They workshops shared tips on starting and sustaining a rainbow diversity group or queer straight alliance, and looked at key initiatives and events schools can take part in throughout the year. The workshops were free to attend thanks to funding from the Mental Health Foundation.