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Queer/Trans Grants 2014

In September 2014, Ara Taiohi launched the Queer/Trans* Grant with funding from the Ministry of Youth Development. The purpose of this grant was to support our rainbow young people and the work they are doing to support their peers and the wider rainbow youth community. We wanted to support groups, organisations, training opportunities and events that are key to empowering our young people, helping them to feel connected, valued and have a positive sense of identity. Many of these groups and organisations are run on volunteer power and do not receive any form of funding. They must rely on fundraising and community support to survive.

To be eligible for this grant you had to be working specifically with rainbow young people.

This year we supported 23 organisations to create more sustainable rainbow youth support networks across the country, help new organisations get started, grant funds to organisations who may never have received funding before and enable groups to develop workshops and training resources. We were overwhelmed by the response to the grant from individuals and groups across New Zealand. We received over $130,000 worth of requests and were able to fund 75% of these requests. Check out the successful applicants and their projects.

Rainbow*
Ara Taiohi has decided to expand our language to be more inclusive of the cultural identities that may not fit into the LGBTIQ or Queer/Trans definition. We are using Rainbow to include all peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand under the sex, sexuality and gender diversity umbrellas. This includes people who identify as akava’ine, asexual, bisexual, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, FtM, gay, gender fluid, gender-neutral, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, gender variant, hinehi, hinehua, intersex, lesbian, mahu, MtF, non-binary, palopa, pansexual, polysexual, queer, questioning, rae rae, tangata ira tane, takatāpui, tongzhu, trans man, trans woman, transfeminine, transgender, transmasculine, transsexual, vaka sa lewa lewa, whakawahine and more!
Queer/Trans*
As we have a number of projects that have the title Queer/Trans, such as the Queer/Trans Grants and the Queer/Trans Caucus, we will continue to use this language when referring to this work. We will be raising the name change with the Queer/Trans Caucus at our next hui.

Successful applicants

 

Alphabet Soup - Dunedin

Who are they?

Alphabet Soup is a weekly group being re-launched in collaboration with Otago University Students Association and Arai Te Uru Whare Hauroa. They are a safe space for queer/trans youth to meet and connect in Dunedin.

The project:

Alphabet Soup, previously Same Difference, are re-launching their weekly queer/trans support groups. Their aim is to provide a safe space for queer and questioning youth to meet and connect. They plan to achieve this by offering social, support and educational services to queer and questioning youth as well as educational services to the caregivers of those youth. To find out more information about Alphabet Soup and their services and group, get in touch.

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BeUnique - Hastings

Who are they?

BeUnique are a youth group of young people between the ages of 12-22 who identify as queer and/or trans who meet in person to support, listen, inform, socialise and just be themselves in a fun, friendly, safe and confidential environment. The group runs out of Directions Youth Health Centre which provides free and confidential youth health services to all Hawke’s Bay youth between the ages of 10 – 24.

The project:

BeUnique are working on developing their support services and looking at ways of developing the group through activities, field trips, guest speakers and trainings. To find out about the group meeting time and location, head to the website.

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Breaking Boundaries - Online

Who are they?

Breaking Boundaries is a non-profit service that offers a safe place to chat for all queer and or trans identifying individuals of all ages. Their forums and resources are free to access for all individuals and aimed at a New Zealand audience.

The project:

Breaking Boundaries are working on getting the word out about their website and are also working on upgrading the site and maximising user-friendliness. Head over to the website and join in the conversation.

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Closet Space - Whanganui

Who are they?

Closet Space is a social support group for queer/trans youth run out of Youth Services Trust Whanganui, New Zealand's older youth one-stop-shop. Their current services include: doctor and nurse clinics, counseling, advice and advocacy and groups and individual appointments with their youth workers. You can head along to the group and share a healthy meal.

The project:

Closet Space has been working in collaboration with organisations from other regions to run workshops and training sessions for local queer and trans youth and their leaders to create a better service and empower their members.

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GLITCH - Sexuality and Gender Minority Youth Decolinisation Hui - Auckland

Who are they?
This hui is organised voluntarily by a group of queer/trans indigenous and POC youth based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Ōtaki and Wellington. Between us, we are nerds, musicians, poets, writers, artists, activists, workers, martial artists and students. This hui attracted numbers from all over the country and even internationally, so they decided to organise another.

The project:

A 2-3 day hui with workshops, panel discussions, music, poetry and art centring on the issues and interests of young queer/trans indigenous people and people of colour.

Check back for event details soon!

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Dunedin Pride 2014 - Dunedin

Who are they?

Dunedin Pride is an annual event run by and for the queer/trans community, their friends families and allies. The event seek to raise the visibility and understanding of sexuality and gender diversity within Dunedin, and the wider region, by organising a set of fun, creative, and informative public events and providing a safe space for queer/trans youth, their parents and other families to meet and mingle.

The project:

Back for its second year, Dunedin pride 2014 will run from 10-16 November. Dunedin Pride is split into three main events, starting with the Queer/Trans Art Exhibition that will include queer visual art, performance and music, then The Camp Carnival, a family friendly fun day filled with music and performance and stalls the next Saturday and closing with the After Party.

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EquAsian - Auckland

Who are they?

EquAsian is a support group for Asian queer and trans youth. They aim to provide a fun, inclusive environment for queer/trans Asian youth to socialise and support one another. They meet on the third Sunday of every month for a pot luck dinner.

The project:

EquAsian main purpose is to create a safe, fun and inclusive space for queer/trans Asian youth. They also raise the profile and needs of queer and trans Asians both within the queer and trans communities and Asian communities. They will be creating new promotional materials and resources for distribution within Asian communities raise awareness. To find out about the group meeting time and location or for more information about EquAsian, get in touch.

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InsideOUT or Kōaro

Who are they?

InsideOUT or Kōaro (formerly the Queer-Straight Alliance Network Aotearoa) is a youth leadership organisation that connects school-based Queer-Straight Alliances (QSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

The project:

Inside Out will be producing Shift, a national hui (gathering) for young people of diverse sexes, sexualities and genders run by InsideOUT! Join us for a weekend of making connections, learning about different issues facing the rainbow community, taking part in workshops and activities (talent show!) and gaining new skills and knowledge to help you set up and/or sustain a queer straight alliance/diversity group in your school or take other actions to make your school/community a safer place.

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ITANZ - National

Who are they?

ITANZ (The Intersex Trust of Aotearoa) is a New Zealand registered charitable trust founded in 1996. It provides information, education and training for organisations and professionals who provide services to intersex people and their families.

The project:

ITANZ is creating a new website that will serve as the hub for intersex youth in New Zealand. It aims to offer the opportunity to connect to both the national youth sector and the global intersex community.

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Kapiti Youth Support - Paraparaumu

Who are they?

KYS is a youth one-stop-shop that has been running for 18 years and in recent years. KYS is a free confidential health and support service for anyone aged 10 - 24 living in Kapiti.

The project:

Kapiti Youth support will be working in collaboration with Schools Out to create a sustainable base for queer and trans youth support in the Kapiti region. They will create a dedicated space at their centre and dedicated Kapiti-based facilitators to manage the group.

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PrideNZ.com - Online

Who are they?

PrideNZ.com is a not-for-profit website exploring the voices of past and present. It holds over 500 audio interviews documenting rainbow culture in NZ. Subjects range from coming out to transitioning; from growing up gay in the 1950s to running support groups in schools now.

The project:

Pride NZ will be recording new interviews to add to their Beyond Rainbow series that will be focusing on rainbow youth who identify as being a part of minorities within minorities. Check out the website to listen to the stories.

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Q-Central - Rotorua

Who are they?

Q-Central, previously Two Way Closet, has been relaunched with its new name. Their mission is to provide a safe, friendly place for young people to be themselves and feel accepted. This is a weekly group is for queer/trans young people aged 13-25.

The project:

Q Central will be hosting a party to launch their new name and will be rebranding all their promotional materials for their new groups. For more information about the launch party or the group meeting times and locations, get in touch.

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Q-Youth - Nelson

Who are they?

Q-Youth is a Nelson based organisation that provides support, information, advocacy and education for queer and trans young people, their friends and families in the Nelson/Tasman region. Their groups and events are open to all young people up to the age of 27. They are a queer/straight alliance and offer support to queer straight alliances the operate in the majority of high schools in the region.

The project:

Q-Youth are looking to increase their capacity to help young queer and trans people in the Nelson/Tasman region. They aim to ensure they have consistent drop-in centre hours, put on events and activities requested by their young people, develop long-term strategies to long term goals and work more collaboratively with other organisations across New Zealand. To find out about their drop in hours or more information about the organisation, get in touch.

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Rainbow Youth - Auckland

Who are they?

Rainbow Youth is a national Auckland-based organisation that provides support, education and advocacy for queer/trans youth and their friends, family and whānau.

The project:

Rainbow Youth run a number of groups out of their drop-in centre and support others in different cities around New Zealand. To find out more about Rainbow Youth, check out their website. To find a group near you, check out Curious.org.

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School's Out! - Wellington

Who are they?

Schools Out is an organisation that has been running for 15 years. They manage several weekly social support groups in the wider Wellington region, deliver an education package in high schools, some workplaces and manage their own drop in space in collaboration with local youth health services.

The project:

Schools Out will be hiring a new volunteer coordinator. This coordinator will ensure that the Schools Out volunteer team are well supported and will also be in charge or recruiting new volunteers. Check out the link to get find out about their groups and services or to learn about the new position.

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ShOUT - Timaru

Who are they?

ShOUT is a queer/trans support group run out of and supported by Youth Alley in Timaru.

The project:

ShOUT are working on more social evenings for their group participants and are also working in collaboration with Family Planning and Q Topia in Christchurch to train their youth leaders to facilitate groups and be support people for queer and trans young people. For more information about group meeting times and location, get in touch.

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TaurangaPryde - Tauranga

Who are they?

TaurangaPryde was set up earlier this year with the support of Rainbow Youth. They provide a peer support group for queer and trans young people under the age of 27.

The project:

TaurangaPryde runs fortnightly groups at the Incubator in Tauranga. To find out more information, check out the Rainbow Youth info page.

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Transcend - Palmerston North

Who are they?

Transcend is a new social support group that is aimed at helping transgendered youth in the Manawatu area. It is run in collaboration with Massey UniQ.

The project:

Transcend is working on their new promotional material and getting the word out about their group and the support available. They are also creating resources to distribute to their members to help empower them and help create a positive sense of identity. To find out more information about the group meeting times and location, get in touch.

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TraNZ Gear - National

Who are they?

TraNZ Gear are a group of trans youth dedicated to providing cheap items essential to the day-to-day living of transgender people throughout New Zealand. Through fundraising and bulk buying they are able to subsidise the cost of items such as packers, binders and much more.

The project:

TraNZ gear are about to launch their new website and are stocking up on new items which will soon be available at accessible prices. They invite everyone to check out their website and place feedback!

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Tranzform - Wellington

Who are they?

Tranzform is a monthly social group and bi-monthly support group for gender diverse young people that creates a safe space to connect and safely explore different identities.

The project:

Tranzform will be running new social events for its members. The aim to use their funding to provide trans youth with social event opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them, such and hiring of a swimming pool space for private events and a summer camping event. They are also developing pamphlets and a website with online resources and guides that are specific to the New Zealand trans community. To find out about the group meeting times and location, get in touch.

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UniQ Massey - Palmerston North

Who are they?

The Massey UniQ in Palmerston North offers a queer and trans support space for students of Massey, UCOL, the International Pacific College and various other tertiary institutions.

The project:

UniQ Massey is working on new promotional material, getting resources out into the wider student community and to young people enrolled in other institutions and providing a space to come and hang out, meet new people and connect.

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UniQ Waikato - Hamilton

Who are they?

UniQ Waikato is a representative group for queer and trans students at the University of Waikato. They run both social and support groups.

The project:

As a part of UniQ Waikato's Pride Week Celebrations, they hosted a series of educational workshops. The workshop included a screening of the film by Mani Mitchell, Intesexion, combined with a presentation  that explored the issue surrounding the trans and intersex communities. The second event was an interactive safer sex workshop with the emphasis on making safe sex sexy, the ins and outs of consent, safer sex for women who love women and healthy relationships. To find out about their groups or about any new workshops, get in touch.

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Village Collective - Auckland

Who are they?

Established in 1997 as Family Life Education Pasefika (FLEP), Village Collective are a charitable trust that aims to support Pasefika communities with sexual and reproductive health needs. Rainbow Collective represents all the work that they do that contributes to building a supportive environment for the Pasefika Rainbow community.

The project:

Village Collective are creating a resource for Pacific parents of queer/trans youth from the narratives of the many families already supporting their children and offering tips and support messages. The resource will be developed with parents in mind but can be used by school teachers, counsellors and other health professionals and be something that young people can draw inspiration and comfort from.

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Waikato Queer Youth - Hamilton

Who are they

Waikato Queer Youth (WaQuY) is based in Hamilton Central and offers a safe space for all youth, who identify or don't identify as queer and/or trans. They have weekly meetings and welcome all. They run activities, have guest speakers or just hang together.

The project:

WaQuY is revamping their education package. This package gets distributed mainly to schools and contains the education package as well as information on WaQuY, sexual health pamphlets and reminders on everyday items like fridge magnets and note pads. To find out about the groups times and location or for more information on the education package, get in touch.

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WhangaReinbow - Whangarei

Who are they?

WhangaReinbow is a peer support group based in Whangarei for queer and trans youth between the ages of 13 and 24.

The project:

WhangaReinbow meets fortnightly on Wednesdays. To find out when and where the group meets, get in touch via the Rainbow Youth website.

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