We are committed to supporting communities outside of our bigger cities to be safer places for young people of minority sexual orientations and genders to live and be in.
Whanganui and Otago are some of the places that we’ve been supporting to do this!
In May 2016 we ran our second hui in Whanganui for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Young people took part in two days of workshops, run for youth by youth focused on learning leadership skills, identifying challenges in their local schools and communities and coming up with solutions to make Whanganui a safer place for young people of minority sexualities, sexes and genders.
As a result of the hui, work is happening in several local high-schools and a community queer straight alliance has been started up for young people in Whanganui.
In April 2016, we visited the Otago region thanks to the support of the disestablished PFLAG South group. We worked with local support service, OUSA Queer Support to connect with different schools in the region.
As a result of our visit, several schools in Otago have set up rainbow diversity groups and many are taking steps to make their schools more inclusive environments.
In 2012 and 2014 we visited Whanganui schools, youth organisations and their local social support group Closet Space. As results of our visit, Whanganui Girls’ College have set up a queer straight alliance and we have introduced Shift Whanganui as an annual youth hui to continue to support sexuality, sex and gender diversity to be supported in the region.