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Friends & Whānau

Do you know someone who’s queer or trans*, or who you think might be questioning their sexual or gender identity? Showing that you love and care about them is really important. Acknowledge their courage and keep giving them support.

Rainbow Youth is a support organisation not just for queer and trans* youth, but for their friends and whanau too. We have compiled a list of interesting and helpful resources on the menu to the left, that might help you with any questions you have. You can also come in and see us at our drop-in centre in Auckland and contact us on 09 376 4155.

What we mean when we say queer

A reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender diversity. We use it to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa'afafine, and takataapui identities, as well as everyone in between and not sure. This word is used by many people, but it is also appreciated that it is not the preferred term for everybody.


What we mean when we say trans*

Rainbow Youth uses the word 'trans*' as an umbrella term for gender-diverse people, including for example; whakawahine, tangata ira tane, FtM, MtF, transsexual, fa'afafine, transgender, whakawahine, transmen, transwomen, akava'ine, leiti, genderqueer and gender-neutral people.