RainbowYOUTH 2018 Pride Events

Get all the details about our events and the ones we’ll be participating in during the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival!!

We also have a bunch of opportunities to volunteer with RainbowYOUTH during the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival. Visit here for more info about volunteering opportunities at our events.


Queer Cuts

WHEN: Sunday 4 February, 10am-4pm
WHERE: The Cross Street Market, 4 Cross Street, Auckland Central

It’s safe to say, finding a good hair salon is a real challenge. And when you do, it can often cost an arm, a leg and a couple toes. So we’ve done all the hard work and found some pretty talented people to trim our makawe at our Queer Cuts event for the Auckland Pride Festival!

RainbowYOUTH is thrilled to have the support of the generous and talented hairdressers at Vada Hair and Colleen on K’ Road to provide FREE haircuts for our queer and gender diverse rangatahi. And keep an eye out on our Facebook page for vouchers from Kokomo on Ponsonby Road!!

We’ve booked a spot at The Cross Street Market for you to get a trim (like an actual trim), a fix up, the big chop, a bowl cut, a completely new look – whatever you want! Book your hair appointment below or try your luck by popping into see us.

Facebook Event: https://web.facebook.com/events/148894805769245/

NOTE: We’re no longer taking Queer Cuts bookings – only walk-in appointments! Make sure to pop in and visit us on the day for a haircut!



Shout Out

WHEN: Monday 5 February, 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Studio One, 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland Central

RainbowYOUTH are proud to present Shout Out, an open-mic dedicated to the talents of young queer individuals, inviting them to stand up and show them off!

Whatever it may be; beatboxing, poetry, improv, dance, comedy, rap, acting- we welcome you to get up on stage and perform! Nothing is off the table so don’t miss your opportunity to shine!

Simply jot your name down on the sign-up sheet upon entry, or register on our website (ry.org.nz/pride)! We’ve booked Studio One, with wheelchair access and a sign language interpreter for all performances.

In addition to performance from the audience, Shout Out will also feature the talents of singers Laura Mackey and Anna Elisara, as well as a collaboration between award-winning gay playwright Sam Brooks and Dan Veint.

Whether you’re ready to get up and strut your stuff or just want to sit back and enjoy the show, if you’re young, queer, a lover of the arts or all of the above, come along to Studio One for an evening of entertainment, self expression, and more.

Facebook Event: https://web.facebook.com/events/158925268085706/


Making Space

WHEN: Saturday 10 February, 11am-2pm
WHERE: RY Drop-in Centre, End of Abbey Street, Auckland Central

If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a queer youth group, or even wanted to create one, come along and explore the variety of existing groups at RainbowYOUTH – and get information on how to start your own!

Schools, universities, any community is fit for a queer safe space – and this is the perfect place to start. Learn how to make sure yours is engaging and inclusive from other young people who’ve already created their own groups and spaces. How to create and manage them, what to expect, how to deal with challenges and conflict – everything you need to know.

If joining an existing group is more your speed, there are plenty to choose from! Meet and learn about RainbowYOUTH’s safe, diverse and expanding groups – including GQ, Dungeon Queering and Artistry, to name just a few.

RainbowYOUTH invites you to our Drop-in Centre for an open day of fun, food, and community. Come along and see what a group has to offer you – or what you have to offer a group!

Facebook Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/540867212949581/


RainbowYOUTH X Big Gay Out

WHEN: Sunday 11 February, 12pm-7pm
WHERE: Coyle Park, Point Chevalier

As per tradition, we’ll be holding a stall at the Ending HIV Big Gay Out 2018, and this year our Community Wardrobe is coming with us!!

Our Community Wardrobe is an initiative to provide FREE, identity affirming clothes for queer & gender diverse people​ and is supported by donations from our local community​!​ Not only will we have a few items for you to choose from, but we’ll be accepting clothing donations too!!!

If the clothes don’t tickle your fancy, well at least pop in and say hey! We’ll have free water, sun block to apply, resources to read, activities to jump in on, and will have our rainbow ribbons ripe for picking.

Facebook Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/141536183203158/


Rainbow Ribbon Making

WHEN: Tuesday 13 February, 6pm-8pm
WHERE: RY Drop-in Centre, End of Abbey Street, Auckland Central

For the Auckland Pride Festival we’re running our first rainbow ribbon making workshop of 2018!!

Come over to our whare for an awesome night of ribbon making! Pull up a chair, chat with some awesome people, get sick on lollies and pizza and lend a hand in making our rainbow ribbons.

If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer or hang out with us but haven’t gotten around to it, this is for you!

Open to all ages, members, friends and whānau. As per usual, this event is drug, smoke and alcohol free.

Facebook Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/2016399915242885/


RainbowYOUTH X Auckland Pride Parade

WHEN: Saturday 17 February, 4pm-9:30pm
WHERE: RY Drop-in Centre, End of Abbey Street, Auckland Central

Bring your mates, your whānau and yourself to walk with us down Ponsonby Road for the Auckland Pride Parade 2018!

Again this year, RainbowYOUTH will be marching with our members, their friends and whānau, and a few different organisations that want to show their support for Aotearoa’s queer and gender diverse rangatahi!

All young people are welcome and are encouraged to wear whatever costume or representative clothing you like! We’ve got a few different flags and a RY banner to carry too.

Please make sure to register below!

Facebook Link: https://web.facebook.com/events/207256946488322/