School can be a rough time for young people, especially queer and trans* youth.
Here in New Zealand, many statistics aren’t particularly in our favor – with the Youth 07 Report finding queer and trans* kids five times more likely to experience bullying or mental illness at some point during their schooling.
But it can also be a really empowering time as young people grow, learn, form ideas about their place in the world and begin to know who they are, and be who they are.
Rainbow Youth has been delivering education workshops for schools, community organisations and tertiary institutions for the last 10 years, looking at sexual orientation and gender identity issues, the impact of homophobia and how to create a safer school environment for all students.
If you’re after resources for your classroom, or awesome hints for supporting queer and trans* youth in your schools, then check out our ‘for teachers’ section.
If you’re a student and are keen to set up a Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) in your school, check out our QSA section.