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Queer+Trans* Youth

Coming out as queer or trans* can be a scary and exciting time. Everybody’s experience of this is unique. Here at Rainbow Youth we encourage you to know who you are and be who you are!

It’s important to know you’re not alone – there are many ways to find support as you figure out your gender identity and sexual identity. Our groups are a fun and safe space to meet other queer and trans* youth – check out the group page for more information.

We’ve compiled a list of cool resources on the left, that might help answer some of your questions about sexuality and gender. There’s also lots of books, magazines, DVDs and other information at the Rainbow Youth Centre so if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by, have a chat and browse through our library.

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.