LGTBQIA+ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, takataapui, queer, intersex, & asexual.
At Thursdays in Black we wholeheartedly support the creation and sustenance of organisations that specifically cater to different communities. Our needs are different, and so our solutions have to be, too!
Support that is specifically for people of diverse genders and sexualities is thin on the ground. Houhou te Rongo Kahukura (below) has been created to work towards improving that standard nationally and includes a list of other rainbow support services. We have also added Gender Minorities Aotearoa, which specialises in takataapui, trans and intersex support; and insideOUT, which specialises in youth support. You might find that contacting one of these organisations directly to discuss your needs feels safer than going to a general support service.
Please let us know if you want us to make any additions to this list! :)
Houhou te Rongo Kahukura
Houhou te Rongo Kahukura was set up to specifically meet the needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+). This page has a great list of rainbow-specific services that might be able to support you or point you in the right direction. They also have information about leaving unsafe situations, and separate information for survivors who are trans and intersex, lesbian, gay, and bisexual/pansexual.
Gender Minorities Aotearoa
Run exclusively by people who are trans or intersex, GMA provides information, support, and resources to people of diverse genders and sexes. Their website has comprehensive information about how to navigate the legal and medical systems in Aotearoa as a trans/intersex person, and great information about other organisations who can provide support. Their excellent resources are also created to help employers, medical professionals, and families to better support and understand the experience of being trans or intersex. Gender Minorities Aotearoa has a notably strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
insideOUT is an organisation that works towards a safer future for young people of diverse genders and sexualities. They have excellent resources on how to make secondary school environments safer for rainbow youth and work with community agencies, tertiary providers, government, council, youth services, and whanau to build this future and support young queer people. They can support you in establishing safe spaces or social clubs for LGBTQIA+ people in your school, uni or tech and run annual youth hui. insideOUT is based in Wellington but can meet with you via Skype if you need support.
phone 027 331 4507