Get support

It can be hard going being a young person with a sexuality or gender different to the norm.

Here is a list of other organisations and places you can get support from all around New Zealand.

Because we have separated these resources into different categories, there may be some double-ups. 

E-mail us at hello@insideout.org.nz to get your organisation listed. Check out the I’m Local website to find out about groups near you.

 

For Parents/Whānau:

Be-there.nz – a collaborative project between rainbow organisations across Aotearoa to provide guidance and resources for parents, family and whānau of rainbow young people

OUTline – They have created a resource for families here, and provide free phone counselling (0800 688 5463) and paid Skype counselling.

NZ Parents of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children – Portal Facebook Group for people and organisations who support transgender and gender diverse children in New Zealand, their parents and caregivers.

Transgender and Intersex NZ – This is a useful Facebook group for trans people, their friends and families. There are other parents in this group, so it is a great place to ask questions and maybe find other local people for support.

FreedHearts Aotearoa New Zealand  – Parents of LGBT Youth Portal Facebook Group

Help! Is My Child Transgender? – A resource created by Gender Minorities Aotearoa. They also have a link to many more resources here.

Families in Transition – This is a great resource from Toronto for family members supporting a child through transition.

More Than Four – More Than Four is a video resource from InsideOUT, exploring the identities and experiences of and beyond ‘LGBT’ identities. We interviewed over 30 members of the rainbow community to create a series of short videos speaking explore the experiences of people who are asexual, aromantic, intersex, non-binary, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa’afafine, akava’ine, queer parents and people who identify as both Māori, Pasifika or Asian and queer. These videos can be really useful for hearing from a wide range of people within the rainbow community, and for young people being able to see their identities reflected back to them.

Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Youth – This is another InsideOUT resource booklet that provides an understanding of the experience that trans and gender diverse youth often face at their schools, and provides tips for whānau and counsellors.

Staff Training by InsideOUT – InsideOUT offers staff training to primary, intermediate and secondary schools which is recommended for every school. However, these can especially be a huge help when a trans or gender diverse child is in the school community as we can answer the staff’s questions and advise them on how to best support any rainbow students or families in their school. To book us the school just need to e-mail hello@insideout.org.nz. We are also available to provide advice or support around any specific issues that come up in the school setting.

 

National Groups/Resources:

OUTline – Call 0800 688 5463 to speak to someone from our community trained to support you!

Gender Minorities Aotearoa – National and Wellington-based resources for gender minorities

Intersex Youth Aotearoa – National Intersex youth community network run by Intersex Awareness New Zealand

Transgender and Intersex NZ – All ages Facebook support group

Naming New Zealand – Helping trans youth in Wellington to update their identity documents

 

Regional Youth Groups:

School’s Out – Wellington

Tranzform – A Wellington-based support and social group for gender-diverse young people that meets once every two weeks, run by OuterSpaces

WhangaReinbow – Whangarei

Rainbow Youth – Auckland

Rainbow Fale – South Auckland-based group that provides support and education for the Rainbow Pasifika community. Their Facebook group can be found here

WaQuY – Waikato

BeUnique – Hawke’s Bay

Light Youth Whanganui – Whanganui

Q-Youth – Nelson

Q-Topia – Christchurch

Spectrum – Marlborough – Marlborough

Chroma Initiative – Southland

Alphabet Soup – Dunedin