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Queer/Trans Grants 2015

In September 2014, Ara Taiohi launched the first round of Queer/Trans* Grant with funding from the Ministry of Youth Development. Due to the success of this first round of funding, we were able to announce a second round in March, 2015.

This year we received 30 requests for funding. This a great response to the grant from organisations and groups right across New Zealand. We received over $115,000 worth of requests and were able to fund 83% of these.

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, tóngzhì, 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

 

Outline – National

Who are they?

OUTLine was established in 1972 and is a charitable incorporated society. OUTLine operates nation-wide through an 0800 telephone help line and Skype. They provide telephone counselling, face-to-face counselling and other support to the LGBTIQ communities and questioning people and their families.

The project:

Outline will be working to make counselling more accessible for LGBTIQ young people who do not otherwise attract free mental wellness services, thereby promoting self-esteem, assisting in gender questioning and transition and providing a proactive service to address the disproportionate LGBTI youth suicide and other self-harm rates.

They have been approved to provide these counseling services for under 25s.

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GALS (Girls Alliance of Queers and Straights) - Nelson

Who are they?

GALS are a queer/straight alliance that supports young people at Nelson College for Girls. They have regular activities like International Day of Silence and fundraising events, speak at assembly to raise awareness within the school.

The project:

GALS have planned out a set of events, planned and run by young people. They have identified some aims, these include: increasing the range of safe and relevant activities that young queer/trans people have access to, provide chances for young queer people to socialise in a safe yet fun way and to provide an important avenue for queer visibility in our community.

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WAGS (Waimea Alliance of Queers and Straights) - Nelson

Who are they?

WAGs is a group of young people from Waimea College in Richmond, Nelson that exists to support queer/trans and questioning young people and combat discrimination. They are a queer/straight alliance

The project:

This project will aim to distribute posters/fliers/information to schools, health professionals and community groups. The twin aims of this project will be firstly, to make sure that young people know what services are out there to support them and secondly, it will raise the visibility of queer young people in the community.

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Schools Out - Wellington

Who are they?

School’s Out is a not-for-profit volunteer-run organisation whose mission is to provide a safe, inclusive, social and support space for queer, trans, and questioning youth in the Wellington region. Facilitators run weekly after-school groups for local youth as well as extra events throughout the year

The project:

Schools Out applied for coordinate costs. Schools Out identified that with a paid role looking after volunteers and general group needs there a was boost in volunteer morale and burn out was minimised within the leadership team. This means that a youth-focused organisation that has seen 17 years of successful outreach to date will be able to continue providing positive role models and meeting the needs of the younger generation in the Hutt Valley.

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TraNZ Gear - National

Who are they?

TraNZ Gear are a group of trans* people and supporters dedicated to providing cheap items essential to the day to day living of transgender people throughout New Zealand.

The project:

TraNZ Gear will be providing young trans* people with binders who otherwise would not be able to afford them buy buying in bulk to provide discounts.

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Q Topia - Christchurch

Who are they?

Q-topia is a social support network for sexuality and gender diverse young people in Canterbury. A volunteer group of youth facilitators organize weekly events across 2 groups for youth people. They provide a safe, friendly and interesting space for queer youth to meet and explore issues.

The project:

Q Topia applied for coordinator costs. Q-topia facilitators identified that there was a gap in the service, restricting their ability to fully support the young people in the groups.  They identified the need for a dedicated role to support the facilitators leading the groups. They also applied for costs to develop thier education programme and train educators. The programme is offered to young people and providers of support to young people such as youth organisation and educational providers. 

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Mangere East Family Service Centre - Auckland

Who are they?

MEFSC is an established organisation in the Mangere area that is committed to support children and their families into believing in themselves so that they can fully participate in their communities. They offer services through Early Childhood Education, Parent Engagement, Men’s Shed, Waste Minimisation & Sustainable Living, Social Work and LGBTQI Youth Support under Manaaki Tangata Service

The project:

MEFSC Developed "Taking The T To The Next Level”, a resource designed to provide encouragement to transgender females and gender questioning youth to succeed in their aspirations in life as they work towards independence. Transgender women featured in this resource have shared lived experiences they have endured, overcoming many challenges, barriers and restrictions. They have evaluated the issues students are experiencing in their lives and the issues and worries are reflective to one another. This resource will demonstrate the transition of individual struggles to independence.

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Naming New Zealand - Wellington

Who are they?

Naming New Zealand is an organisation formed to help transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender. They provide resources about the process of correcting identity documents within New Zealand, connect trans youth with organisations that can help, and assist with the costs of making these important changes.

The project:

Naming New Zealand will be developing online resources we develop will help trans youth better understand how to update their identity documents, and simplify the process. These resources will be accessible and available anonymously. They plan on developing relationships with other organisations around New Zealand – for example, community law centres – to be able to help trans youth connect with these organisations.

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Tranzform - Wellington

Who are they?

Tranzform is a support and social group for young people who identify as transgender, fa'afafine, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, intersex, two-spirits, genderqueer, non-gendered, questioning and their allies. They have bimonthly support group meetings and monthly social events.

The project:

Tranzform has identified the need for sustainability in terms of volunteer recruitment and support. With that, they have applied for costs for a Tranzform Coordinator. The natural turnover of facilitators and volunteers from Tranzform has caused issues in the past – in 2014 the group was put on hold while new volunteer facilitators were located and trained, and the group has found it difficult to establish and maintain both an online and offline identity through websites, email and phone. The contributions of youth volunteers and facilitators are critical for the organisation to exist.

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Q-Youth - Nelson

Who are they?

Q-Youth exists to support young queer and trans people in Nelson/Tasman and to help change their community to become free from discrimination. They are one of the most active and established queer/trans groups operating outside of the big cities of Wellington and Auckland. They work closely with a network of local QSA’s, community groups and the public

The project:

Q-Youth aim to increase their capacity to deliver by bringing in an extra facilitator to cover some groups. Funding will also allow them to help local QSAs coordinate their own projects and thus increase the capacity of the queer/trans community as a whole to come up with great solutions to the various problems that they face.

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INA HIV & AIDS Foundation - Waikato

Who are they?

The INA’s mission is to create a voice that leads to the empowerment of Māori, Indigenous and Pasifika peoples to reduce the impact of HIV and increase the quality of life for whānau, hapū and iwi living with and affected by HIV, while respecting their autonomy and diversity.

The project:

The goal of this project is to facilitate a voice for trans youth whom are Māori, Indigenous or Pasifika, that links them with their leaders, services and other organisations to lower the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS and stigma and discrimination experienced by Māori, Indigenous and Pasifika trans youth.

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QUILTBAG - Palmerston North

Who are they?

QUILTTBAG Youth Network has a majority of/ is facilitated/ run by queer/trans* young people with support from older members of the network to help  encourage and build upon their skills and confidence in their own leadership roles. QUILTTBAG Youth Network was created due to the relisation that there needs to be stronger communication and organisation between support groups, youth based wellbeing organisations and people who just want the best for queer/trans* young people in the Palmerston North area.

The project:

In 2014 the Palmy Youth Network conducted a survey for young people in Palmerston North who identified as LGBTTIFQ+. The purpose of the survey was to identify if and how support and services could be improved for these young people. The LGBTTIFQ+ survey showed clearly that what was needed to create a sustainable service was attention paid to location of venue, advertising and training, which subsequently a line with  The QUILTTBAG Networks’ core goals which are to:
Connect the Sector, Raise the Standards, Champion queer/trans youth development and to Promote sustainability

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EquAsian - Auckland

Who are they?

EquAsian is a social support group for people who identify as Asian and LGBTIQ+ in Auckland. They aim to provide a safe, fun, and inclusive space for these people to meet, socialize, and support one another.  Our long term aim is to raise the visibility of LGBTIQ+ Asians and advocate for our needs in both the rainbow and Asian communities in New Zealand. 

The project:

Asian LGBTIQ tell reports that they feel invisible in, or excluded from, the rainbow community. This means, growing the membership and training more volunteers to run groups and organise so that more people can access their services. EquAsian would also like to make their website more culturally specific by translating educational resources about gender and sexuality into Asian languages.

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Te Rākei Whakaehu - Rotorua

Who are they?

Te Rākei Whakaehu is founded upon a Māori philosophy to promote healthy whānau identities for those who self-identify as trans and Māori. The Board of Te Rākei Whakaehu provide support services for those who self-identify as Trans and Māori so they may be empowered to participate in vibrant and diverse communities; have increased participation in decisions that affect them; have improved access to, and responsiveness from, health services; and, have strengthened legal protections to end discrimination and marginalisation experienced by trans people

The project:

Te Rākei Whakaehu are developing a website. As their primary engagement space, it is essential their website functions to represent and support their needs, but at the same time provides ways to better communicate with each other. The Queer/Trans Grants will enable them to gather rangatahi perspectives and considerations, in the development of their website

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Trans Tertiary Toolpack

Who are they?

Trans tertiary Toolpack's vision is to provide students with information about what they can expect, the support available and advice on any challenges they may face in order that they feel prepared for tertiary study and are able to make the transition from secondary school to higher education in a supported way.

The project:

This grant will support a trans and gender diverse advisory group to be established. There is currently no cross-organisational group specifically focused on the needs of trans and gender diverse students considering, or at, tertiary education.

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Project Youth - Paraparaumu

Who are they?

Project Youth is a queer/trans support group run from within Kāpiti Youth Support, which includes youth between the ages of 10 – 19. It gains support the KYS team and ongoing professional supervision. At the end of its first term, the group is functioning well with a strong group of up to 20 youth who have become close friends and refer to the group as their family

The project:

Project youth applied facilitator costs. This paid role will ensure the groups continue and supports the high needs of the kapiti region with many queer young people feeling isolated from their peers and ostracized for their difference. Students have said they are afraid to come out as queer or transgender at school for fear of bullying and discrimination. Many who are out at school say that they are often treated differently because of their sexuality or gender identity. They youth coming to us needing support because they feel unsafe at school, and are engaging in self-harm or contemplating suicide therefore the running of the groups is essential.

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Schools Out & Projects Youth Collaboration

Who are they?

Schools Out and Projects youth are two organisations that both run weekly social support groups for queer and trans young people in their regions.

The project:

Both School’s Out and Project Youth plan to bring their groups together to run weekend and holiday events for their youth. This often involves linking with other organisations when possible. They will hold three holiday activities, one in each school holiday break and one at the end of term 4, which combine the Kāpiti group Project Youth with the two School’s Out groups.

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FAFSWAG - Auckland

Who are they?

FAFSWAG is a South Auckland based Pasifika arts collective consisting of ten members from various industries and creative backgrounds including, finance, Visual arts, Marketing, performing arts, creative writing, film, theatre, cultural/contemporary dance, photography and graphic design. They are and all volunteer group and use their collective skill, time and passion toward producing events, activations and creating spaces dedicated to positive affirmations of Pasifika LGBTQI identity.

The project:

FAFSWAG seeks to deliver a free creativity workshop series developed in partnership with Pacific queer/trans young people. The workshop series looks at sharing creative experience and practical life skill with young Pasifika LGBTQI communities through culturally relevant activation, participation and community engagement. Each workshop is open to all but specifically design to cater for Maori and Pasifika LGBTQI youth based in South Auckland during school holidays and tertiary breaks.

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BOX Oceania - Wellington

Who are they?

BOX Oceania was founded in 2012 by a group of women of Maori, Pasifika, Filipino and African descent as a way to address a lack of representation of LGBTQI+ women and peoples colour in our communities. The group began by hosting LGBTQI+ events that were affordable and inclusive for peoples of diverse gender and culture identities in our communities. Our approach centred women of colour in particular.

The project:

BOX Oceania plans to launch a website as a platform for the voices of LGBTQI+ peoples of Maori, Pasifika and other people of colour living in Oceania. It will have a particular emphasis on the voices of women inclusive of our other gender and/or indigenous gender minorities. It is important, especially as our LGBTQI+ peoples of colour are under-represented in our communities, that youth and other contributors are given the power through this website to tell their stories and share their work how they wish it to be shown.

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Rainbow Youth - Auckland

Who are they?

Rainbow Youth are an Auckland-based organisation operating nationally that provides support, education, and advocacy for queer and trans* youth and their friends, family, and whānau. They recognise the difficulties faced by queer and trans* youth in Aotearoa New Zealand and aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment that is a safe space in which to support our youth.

The projects:

Rainbow Youth Open Day.

RainbowYOUTH offers a wide range of services, groups and support, however, not everyone knows it’s available. The aim of the open day is to bring youth from around the greater Auckland area, and youth who cant otherwise access travel, into the K Road drop in centre. There, RainbowYOUTH staff and volunteers would be able to connect with the young people and introduce them to our in centre facilities

RainbowYOUTH Groups

RainbowYOUTH runs a wide range of peer support services. GQ (under 18) and ID (18-27) offer a place for young queer/trans people to socialize, learn about sexuality and gender, and feel supported and safe. Star* is a social support group open to any gender diverse and currently questioning youth. It provides a respectful and relaxed environment where any identity is supported and affirmed. Also run out of our drop in center is ArtistyRY, a creative group. In addition, RainbowYOUTH has various groups around Auckland suburbs. The Queer/Trans Grants have contributed to the running costs of these groups.

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WhangaReinbow - Whangarei

Who are they?

WhangaReinbow is a Northland peer support group. Running fortnightly, the group offers a place young queer/trans people to socialize, learn about sexuality and gender, and feel supported and safe. In addition, many members work in the community towards making Whangarei safer for queer/trans youth

The project:

WhangaReinbow applied for cost to go toward their groups cost and for travel to do out reach to schools and other services in their region.

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TaurangaPryde - Tauranga

Who are they?

TaurangaPryde is RainbowYOUTHs Tauranga-based peer support group supporting 30 - 40 members every week. The group offers a place young queer/trans people to socialize, learn about sexuality and gender, and feel supported and safe. In addition, the group is growing rapidly, and many members also work in the community towards making Tauranga safer for queer/trans youth

The project:

TaurangaPryde applied for the costs of running their groups and proving transport for young people to attend the groups as there is alack of public transport in their region.

 

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