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2019 ASB Auckland Marathon

RainbowYOUTH is recruiting runners for the 2019 ASB Auckland Marathon to fundraise for our peer support programme, so young queer, gender diverse and intersex people in Aotearoa can make friends, develop their sense of self, and build resilience to face what can be a challenging world to navigate. Our goal is to raise $20,000.

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ASB presents: RainbowYOUTH’s 30th Birthday Gala!

Join us for an evening to celebrate three decades of RainbowYOUTH!

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In solidarity with our Muslim whānau

Tēnā koutou, Like most of you, at RainbowYOUTH we've spent the last few days grieving, reflecting and thinking about how we can respond to the horrific mosque attacks in Christchurch on Friday. A lot of us are shocked, a lot of us are hurting, and a lot of us also feel like we need to work together as a country to take some action. In order for us to move forward, we wanted to reach out to our membership to encourage ways that we can support each other, and work together to eliminate racism, xenophobia & Islamaphobia from Aotearoa.

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ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarship 2019 Recipient Announced

In an effort to spotlight and celebrate the work of volunteers in the rainbow community, ASB and RainbowYOUTH have selected the recipient for the 3rd round of the ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarships. ASB and RainbowYOUTH are excited to announce the recipients of the ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarships for 2019

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RainbowYOUTH’s Statement on the Findings from the Education Review Office: ‘Promoting Wellbeing Through Sexuality Education Support’ Report

RainbowYOUTH is disappointed, but not surprised about the findings from ERO’s ‘Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education support’ which shows that 80.2% of schools surveyed are not providing comprehensive sexuality education, with 27.6% not meeting the curriculum requirements ‘well at all’. The non-profit organisation, which works with and advocates for queer, gender diverse and intersex (LGBTIQ+) […]

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Report Shows Current Mental Health and Addiction System Is Vastly Under-serving Aotearoa New Zealand’s Rainbow Communities

A report has been released outlining a series of recommendations to the panel of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction based on the submissions of rainbow[1] communities to the Out Loud Aotearoa project run by RainbowYOUTH and #wearebeneficiaries. Out Loud Aotearoa is a project that uses art to share the stories and wishes […]

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RainbowYOUTH does Trans Day of Visibility 2018

March 31st, 2018 RainbowYOUTH does Trans Day of Visibility 2018 Today we’re observing Trans Day of Visibility and the complexities that come with being visible as a gender diverse person. In an effort to share what we want for the future of Aotearoa, we reached out to a few of our friends to share their whakaaro […]

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RainbowYOUTH Seeks New Support Manager

PRESS RELEASE: 20 March 2019 RainbowYOUTH Seeks New Support Manager Morgan Butler, a leader in the youth development sector, particularly for intersex, queer and gender diverse youth, is moving on from RainbowYOUTH after three years Applications for the Support Manager role open from now until 8th April, with plans for the new Support Manager to […]

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Rainbow organisations question government election promises

Nine of New Zealand’s leading rainbow organisations have written to various ministers of the new government about the campaign promises made to the rainbow community, asking to see action and prioritisation of rainbow community issues. After an election campaign which featured many historic commitments, rainbow organisations around the country have sent letters to Minister of […]

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Empowering young people is the key to RainbowYOUTH’s work

During the Auckland Pride Parade 2018, RainbowYOUTH staff & members witnessed two people walking in front of the parade holding a banner that said ‘stop giving kids sex hormones, protect lesbian youth’. The banner reflects a wider coversation around transgender people within the rainbow community that focuses on challenging the legitimacy of their identities […]

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RainbowYOUTH Introduces New Executive Director Frances Arns

The Executive Board at RainbowYOUTH announced today the appointment of Frances Arns as the new Executive Director of RainbowYOUTH. She will replace outgoing Executive Director Duncan Matthews who leaves the role after four years. “We’re excited to have Francis joining the RainbowYOUTH whānau,” says Sophie Sills, RainbowYOUTH Board Co-chairperson. “Over the last few years, we’ve […]

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RainbowYOUTH on the hunt for a new Executive Director

RainbowYOUTH is on the hunt for a new Executive Director with Duncan Matthews leaving the organisation after four years. Executive Director Duncan Matthews leaves the organisation after its strongest financial year yet Applications for the Executive Director role open from now until July 10th Applications accepted via the RainbowYOUTH website Current RainbowYOUTH Executive Director Duncan […]

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25K Raised For RainbowYOUTH At Charity Gala

Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine Images by Express Magazine RainbowYOUTH’s first ever charity auction went off with a bang last Thursday night – with $25,000 raised to support […]

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RainbowYOUTH and Tīwhanawhana Trust Release Resource to Help Whānau

After the release of the ground-breaking resource, Takatāpui: Part of the Whānau, Tīwhanawhana Trust Chair and takatāpui activist Dr Elizabeth Kerekere has collaborated with RainbowYOUTH to release the second resource in a series about takatāpui* well-being. Growing Up Takatāpui: Whānau Journeys is a print and digital resource which is informed by interviews with seven takatāpui […]

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ASB and RY 2017 Tertiary Scholarship Winners

In an effort to spotlight and celebrate the work of volunteers in the rainbow community, ASB and RainbowYOUTH have selected the recipients for the 2nd round of the ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarships. ASB and RainbowYOUTH are excited to announce the recipients of the ASB and RY Tertiary Scholarships for 2017 – Kassie Hartendorp and […]

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RainbowYOUTH does Outward Bound

The role of volunteers at RainbowYOUTH is vital to our day-to-day running, and to several of the services we’ve been providing since our earliest days (such as our peer support groups). We work hard to make sure that our volunteers are recognised for the work they do, and also have access to some cool opportunities […]

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Meet Mahipahi – RY’s New Ride

We’re super duper excited to introduce Mahipahi (they/them pronouns!) – the newest addition to the RainbowYOUTH whānau. Mahipahi was an incredibly generous donation from Incedo Trust & we’re still trying to wrap our heads around how awesome our supporters can be. Mahipahi will be first and foremost, a resource to help RainbowYOUTH get our members […]

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RainbowYOUTH’s AGM & Official Centre Opening

Today we held our 2016 AGM & official opening of our new centre! The opening was a beautiful and emotional ceremony, acknowledging the long journey that has lead RainbowYOUTH to our new whare on 11 Edinburgh Street. Thank you to all those who have helped us get there along the way. Aroha nui and much […]

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RY’s Annual General Meeting 2016

What does our AGM involve? As a charitable organisation, we have to hold an annual general meeting (AGM) every year. What happens is that the people responsible for the running and organisation of RY, the board, use the AGM as a chance to report about all the happenings of the last year to its members […]

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RY Volunteers Recognised at Youth Week Awards 2016

Tonight we’re at the Beehive to celebrate the Youth Week Awards! Here are our two winners: Alice – one of our awesome interns (left), our co-chair Rachel (right) with our Support Manager Morgan (centre). Alice has been with RY since she was 13. Her dedication and hard work makes her one of our most valued […]

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EVENTS: Queer Theory and the Holocaust Talks

RainbowYOUTH & the Holocaust Centre of NZ are proud to be hosting the Auckland leg of Professor William Spurlin’s tour of New Zealand, with several exciting events coming up looking at the treatment and ideas of queerness during the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. William J Spurlin is Professor of English and Director of Teaching […]

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Announcing Our Tertiary Scholarship Winners

Last night marked RainbowYOUTH’s first official pride event – a gathering to celebrate RainbowYOUTH’s different supporters and partnerships over the last few years. Hosted by ASB on their rooftop bar, the gathering was focused around what sustainable partnerships have helped RainbowYOUTH achieve. The outcomes of two particular partnerships were demonstrated, with stalls set up dedicated […]

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Call for Executive Advisors

Do you have an interest in mentoring and leadership? RainbowYOUTH is seeking executive advisors who are interested in mentoring and youth development to join our governance board in a voluntary capacity. Executive Advisors form an important part of RainbowYOUTH’s governance board, bringing additional skills to the by youth for youth board (who are RainbowYOUTH members […]

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We’re Moving!

2016 is gonna hit a whole new level of awesome when RainbowYOUTH moves into our new home at 11 Edinburgh Street. 281 Karangahape Road has been our base for 10 years – and it’s served us well. While the area holds a whole lot of RainbowYOUTH history, our growth in recent years has meant we’ve been […]

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EY Foundation Gives to RainbowYOUTH for ‘Wear It Purple’ day

RainbowYOUTH has received a donation of $450.00 from the EY Foundation who encouraged staff in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to ‘dress down and wear purple’ for ‘Wear It Purple’ day on August 28th and donate to RainbowYOUTH. The EY Foundation then matched the donations made by EY employees. EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness agenda prompted the […]

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Justice of the Peace at RY

We’ll be having a Justice of the Peace visiting our drop-in centre! Justice of the Peace Bruce Kilmister (also a Marriage & Civil Union Celebrant) will be in the RY drop-in centre on Friday 29th May at 3:30 – 5pm and other dates which can be found in the google calendar on the front page of the RainbowYOUTH website.  Visit the […]

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Mother’s Day Post: Amanda from Holding Our Own

Amanda Aarons comes at you like a ball of bright energy. Her hugs remind me of my own mum – full of warmth and comfort – making you feel like you’re seven years old again. But when she listens to what you’re saying, she makes you feel like every word is valuable. She’s sharp, honest […]

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Supporter Round Up: Pride 2015

We’re rolling out the feet of parchment to say our thank you’s for the overwhelming support we’ve received during the 2015 Pride Festival. First and foremost, to our volunteers. From brainstorming evenings to painting to ribbon making to stall manning to art installing, and everything in between. You guys make RY what it is today! […]

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RainbowYOUTH’s Auckland Pride Parade Protest Statement

RainbowYOUTH would like to express our concern over the events involving the ‘No Pride in Prisons’ protest during the 2015 Auckland Pride Parade and the subsequent media activity. We acknowledge the grievances faced by those involved and believe that what happened over the weekend reflects wider issues involving our queer & trans* community. We also acknowledge our place within the community and the responsibility […]

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RY Welcomes Two New Staff Members

RainbowYOUTH wishes to welcome two young staff members to their team with an eye on bolstering their grassroots fundraising efforts and improving the support of their queer & trans* peer groups, as well as their intern and volunteering programme. With the departure of previous Fundraising Coordinator – Paul Stevens – in late January to a […]

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Sneak Peek: RY Pride Art Exhibition

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RY Xmas Shindig

We’re joining together to celebrate another crazy busy and productive year at RY! There will be awesome food (vegetarian and vegan friendly as well), cold non-alcoholic drinks, music and reflections about what a wild ride 2014 has been! We’d love to see the whole RY whānau there! You can check out the event on […]

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RY Turns 25

It’s been 25 years! Whew! When we first started out in 1989, we were called Auckland Gay and Lesbian Youth – ALGY for short. We were a wee group of young people who wanted to make a difference to the lives of those struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. After 25 years… that still […]

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Our New Resources Are Here

If you haven’t heard of our I’m Local Project yet, you should check it out! With the generosity of the U.S Embassy, the Waitematā Local Board and the ANZ Staff Foundation, the project is in full swing, getting free queer and trans* resources out  to community organisations nationwide. With the trial phase of the project going […]

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RainbowYOUTH TEAMS UP WITH ASB

In a move that highlights ASB’s commitment to supporting LGBTIQ (queer and trans*) youth, RainbowYOUTH has been added to ASB’s True Rewards programme.  ASB True Rewards customers receive True Rewards dollars when they use their ASB credit cards. These can then be redeemed in a variety of ways including at participating stores, or donated to […]

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RainbowYOUTH Grant Writing and Sponsorship Workshop

Our Fundraising Coordinator Paul is running a free 3 hour workshop that looks at writing applications to the JAPHA fund (a monthly grant of up to $1,000 to Aucklanders who have small and creative projects that will achieve social or environmental good). Attendees will learn how to: – Find out how to get funding for […]

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Call for Shared Experience Representatives

We’re looking for an enthusiastic bunch of people to share their coming out stories in our education workshops that we deliver in schools or other institutions. RainbowYOUTH  has been delivering education workshops for schools, agencies and tertiary institutions for the last 10 years on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, the impact of homophobia, and […]

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AGM Roundup and Annual Report 2014

We held our (awesome) Annual General Meeting for 2014 on the 21st of June at our drop-in centre. It was a great afternoon, with a bunch of awesome people showing up to support our organisation.  The five amendments to our constitution were all passed, with one amendment added: We propose that the positions of chairperson […]

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RY and Affinity Services present: July Health and Education Wellness Day

RainbowYOUTH and Affinity Services are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for their Health and Education Wellness Day on the 18th of July. This professional development course will be of interest to those working health and education services and the overlap between them. Addressing gender and sexual diversity in the classroom and clinic, […]

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RY’s 2014 AGM & Board Applications

What does our AGM involve? As a charitable organisation, we have to hold an annual general meeting (AGM) every year. What happens is that the people responsible for the running and organisation of RY, the board, use the AGM as a chance to report about all the happenings of the last year to its members […]

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RY’s New Look

“We’re really super duper excited to introduce to you the new kid on the block – our logo!  Over the past 8 months, our awesome young designers Jaimee and Josie have been working hard to give our look a much needed refresh! So, without further adieu… Another exciting change is that we’ll now be referred to as […]

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‘Body of Faith’ Rainbow Youth Charity Night

The University of Auckland Drama Club, Stage Two Productions, is bringing to New Zealand in May for the first time Luis Alfaro’s ‘Body of Faith’! Based on a collection of real-life experiences, Body of Faith simultaneously celebrates and examines the relationship between identity and faith in the LGBT community. The poetic dialogue and graceful lyricism […]

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Family Portraits: A Queer & Trans* Comic Launch

Our good friend Sam Orchard is embarking on a very cool adventure – but not without your help! Sam is an extremely talented comic artist who has done art work for things like our Gender and Sexuality 101 resource, as well as running his own comic strip about the ins and outs of being a […]

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REVIEW: ‘Black Faggot’

Lights, two actors in black clothes, fists pounding on chests, feet stamping, prayers, various sexual positions and a rendition of ‘This Little Light of Mine’ – these are the things that Black Faggot uses to tell it’s stories. It may be simple, but it’s also smart. Black Faggot was written by Victor Rodger who conceived […]

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RY Scholarship to the Outgames

Are you badass at badminton? Groovy at golf? A superstar at swimming? Rainbow Youth is offering a $1000 scholarship to help a queer or trans* young person get over to compete in the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames held between May 10th and May 16th in Darwin, Australia. Applicants can be competing in any sport that […]

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Professional Development Workshops

Rainbow Youth is excited to launch our professional development workshops this year!  We’ve been delivering its sexuality and gender diversity education workshops throughout schools and institutions around Auckland since the 1990s. This year, we’re expanding our education programme to address the wider community. Beginning on the 25th of January, we’re offering a series of full day training workshops aimed […]

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New Year Giveaway – Short Term 12 Film

Rainbow Youth is celebrating the start of 2014 with a little treat for you guys! We’ve got some two for one passes to see Short Term 12 showing in cinemas from January the 9th. We checked out the film early and think it’s one that’s well worth seeing! Read our review below, and if you’re […]

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RY PRIDE EVENT: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

As part of the Auckland Pride Festival 2014, Rainbow Youth presents an amazing opportunity to showcase the varied talents of its members and supporters. In association with Artstation and the Auckland Council, Rainbow Youth introduces ‘Old, New, Borrowed, Blue’, a Pride Art Auction and Intergenerational Panel being held on the 13th of February at Artstation […]

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Overview: Pride In Defence Conference

For a lot of young people who grow up and realise that they identify as queer and trans*, the armed forces doesn’t really figure as a viable career path. There’s no denying that the common perceptions of a hyper-masculine and strict environment, as well as the famous history of opposition to queer and trans* people […]

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Two Internship Positions Available at RY & OUTLine

Have some spare time on your hands? Want to help Rainbow Youth out? We have two exciting new internship positions available. The Drop-In Centre Intern will be required to spend one 6-hour day per week for a minimum of three months. Basic responsibilities include ensuring the centre is open, answering phone calls and directing them […]

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Zine Workshop with Sam Orchard & Ash Spittal

Two amazing local talents, Ash Spittal and Sam Orchard are holding a Zine Workshop at Rainbow Youth on the 23rd of November. With roots in the modernist literary movement of Paris and New York in the 1920s and 1930s, zines have historically been associated with underground, self-published booklets with a generally small circulation. The term has also […]

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Educating for Diversity Video

Couldn’t make it to our Educating for Diversity Report Launch? Here’s a wee video of the the night, with some key folks from Rainbow Youth sharing some key info about the report. If you want to read the report in full, click here. Educating For Diversity Report Launch from Rainbow Youth on Vimeo.

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Charity Night at the Basement Theatre to Raise Money For RY

The Basement Theatre is hosting a charity night for Rainbow Youth on October 30th, with a portion of ticket prices for their two upcoming productions being donated to Rainbow Youth on the night.  Going to a play at the basement theatre is kind of like stepping back in time. And not necessarily due to the subject of […]

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‘Educating For Diversity’ Report Launch

Our ‘Educating for Diversity’ report launch was held on Tuesday evening to showcase the content of the evaluation of our diversity education workshops within secondary schools. It was a great evening, and we’d like to thank all those who attended for showing your support of work that we are really proud of. In recognition of […]

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Rainbow Youth Wins at the Manurewa Youth Workers Awards

Last Friday evening, the Manurewa Youth Workers’ Network held their Manurewa Youth Workers Awards and honoured Rainbow Youth with the HRC Youth Advocacy Award (yay!). Our Chairperson Samantha Hewlett and General Manager Duncan Matthews attended on our behalf. “Sam and I had a great time,”  Duncan said, “We met  some really outstanding people, from all […]

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Come Along To Our Special General Meeting

With the recent employment of former Chairperson Duncan Matthews  as our General Manager, our amazing board is left one member short! So, we’re holding a Special General Meeting to elect a 10th member to fill Duncan’s vacancy. The SGM will be held on Sunday 22nd of September at 5 p.m. Like our AGM held earlier this year, […]

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Pink Shirt Day Donations Helping Rainbow Youth

We got lots of warm fuzzies today when Jerome from PSSP (Peer Sexual Support Programme) stopped off at the drop-in centre to present us with a cheque containing money donated from a Pink Shirt Day mufti held at Rutherford College. Jerome explains that “…the money fundraised was going to Rainbow Youth from the get-go, as […]

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RY and OUTline Mixer

On Wednesday the 2nd of September a bunch of Rainbow Youth staff and board members met with board members of OUTLine to discuss some exciting collaboration plans. The biggest talking point was a proposed shared premises – with enough space and parking for volunteers of both organisations, as well as a more suited space for RY’s groups and meetings as […]

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Meet Our New General Manager

We here at Rainbow Youth are continuing our exciting progress into 2013 with the addition of the role of a General Manager to our team. In June, three new positions of Fundraising Coordinator, Campaigns Coordinator and a Centre Administrator were filled to accommodate the innovative and proactive stance that we want to cultivate in 2013. […]

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Human Rights and the School Ball

It’s school ball season!!!   I’m going to leave it up to you to decide for yourself if that means excitement, nervousness, horror or indifference. Recently, I’ve heard some disturbing stuff about my former high school. They’ve been requesting that students intending on taking same-sex partners to their ball sign a form certifying their sexuality. […]

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Done and Dusted – Our AGM 2013

It was a record turnout at our drop-in centre today as over 60 people including 43 voting members, gathered for our Annual General Meeting to enjoy some kai and good company. We are delighted to announce that we have successfully and smoothly assembled our board for the 2013/2014 term. Duncan Matthews has been re-elected as […]

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Changes To Our Constitution

Our Annual General Meeting is fast approaching on the 29th of this month (that’s a Saturday) and our board has proposed some changes to our current constitution for our members to vote on during the discussions. Some of the changes help us to encapsulate a wider diversity of gender identities: “Quorum for Executive Board meetings shall […]

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Beyond the Binary – Review

Beyond the Binary signals the first time that Out Takes – A Reel Queer Film Festival have included a gender shorts line up in their programme.  Made up of seven short films from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Spain and Austria, Beyond the Binary explores the gender shades of grey between the black and white of male […]

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Annual General Meeting: 29th June

Our AGM is coming up at 12 p.m. Saturday the 29th of June at our drop-in centre. What does our AGM involve? As a charitable organisation, we have to hold an annual general meeting (AGM) every year. What happens is that the people responsible for the running and organisation of RY, the board, use the […]

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Photos from our Marriageathon

We held our ‘Marriageathon’ First Thursdays event a few weeks ago at our drop-in centre. Some hilarity and matrimony ensued! Here’s a quick look at what happened. To take a squizz at all of the photos from the night, check out our album on Facebook . 

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The New Zealand Constitution

  The New Zealand Constitution – what’s it to you?   The government is conducting a review of the New Zealand constitution and has set up an advisory panel to report to them what New Zealanders think. Some of us don’t think we know much about constitutional issues but we can see some things that […]

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Rainbow Youth is hiring!

We have 4 new positions opening up at Rainbow Youth.  The newly created roles of General Manager, Centre Administrator, Fundraising Coordinator and Campaign Coordinator replace the existing roles of Executive Director and Fundraising Projects Manager soon to be vacated by the departure of Thomas Hamilton and Sam Shore. Please email all applications, including a C.V. and Cover […]

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Say WTF?! to Bullying

Pink Shirt Day (PSD) is a national campaign to raise awareness about the power we all have to prevent bullying. PSD aims to reduce bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting the development of positive social relationships. An annual event celebrated throughout New Zealand and the world, Pink Shirt Day aims to foster a society where […]

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Marriageathon at Rainbow Youth

Craig Hoyle recaps the fantastic First Thursdays event held at Rainbow Youth on May 2nd: Marriage equality for the rainbow community was celebrated on K’ Road last week with a “marriageathon” hosted by a local youth group. Rainbow Youth board member Aych McArdle said it was about commemorating the historic passage of the legislation. “We […]

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Letter to MP Maurice Williamson

By now, most of you have probably heard the news about Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson whose speech in support of the Marriage Amendment Bill went viral on YouTube. The reaction the the speech has caught the attention of Ellen Degeneres who invited him to appear on her show! Maurice is donating his appearance fee to a charity […]

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Play to see: Queen

Queen is a scream. Queen is a sass. Queen is a laugh. Queen is a cry. Queen is a voice. Smoke Labours Productions is proud to present this new play by Sam Brooks that puts the everyday plights of the gay man under the spotlight and explores the contradictions, difficulties and joys of being a […]

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18 April 2013- Today is a Good Day

Yesterday, I woke up to rain. Over the summer it barely rained, but it rained yesterday and sort of set the scene. Rainbows everywhere. In July of last year, I wrote this little spiel on my thoughts about gay marriage. Essentially, it was me trying to map out why I cared so much. At the time, I […]

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Induction/Facilitation Training

The Induction/Facilitation Training is an introduction to Rainbow Youth, how we work, and what we do. It is ideal for new Facilitators and people wanting to be Facilitators, but everybody is welcome to attend. This is a drug free, alcohol free and smoke free event.  

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Documentary Edge Festival Giveaway!

The Documentary Edge Festival is fast approaching, and there are some fantastic films on the list this year. Rainbow Youth is excited to be able to give away a double pass to two of the films. Go check out our Facebook to be in to win! Pretty Brutal A bittersweet story about ambition, obsession, and […]

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Say “I Do” To Marriage Equality With An Awesome Postcard

The third and final reading for the Marriage Amendment Bill is coming up fast on the 17th of April! Rainbow Youth has gotten some sweet postcards from the New Zealand Campaign for Marriage Equality . We have a whole bunch of them at our drop-in centre so come on in and sign one to send to […]

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Rainbow Youth’s Pride!

IN THE 12 years since Auckland’s last Pride parade, Rainbow Youth’s presence at the 2013 Auckland Pride Festival mirrored it’s growth as an organisation. The newly reinvigorated WTF campaign led Rainbow Youth’s involvement, with a market stall at the Get It On! Big Gay Out signalling its first public event. Here, the ballsy catchphrases of […]

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Help Rainbow Youth win a car!

Help us win one of 25 cars Toyota is giving away! A car will be amazing in helping Rainbow Youth access schools to deliver our Education package, and access regions across Auckland. Vote for us on Facebook:

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PRIDE EVENT COME AND EAT EAT EAT POPCORN FOR RY

Silo Cinema is proud to present The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in association with the Auckland Pride Festival. Come and watch this colourful classic underneath the stars at Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter. Follow Mitzi Del Bra, Bernadette Basinger and Felicia Jollygoodfellow on their crazy journey through the outback as they ride […]

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On PRIDE

February marks the start of the Pride Festival in Auckland and what a buzzing month it’s going to be! Keep an eye on this page for updates on what you can expect out of Pride, events that Rainbow Youth is involved in during the next few weeks and the ‘best of pride’ guides. To kick […]

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Auckland Cycle Pride | Sunday 10th February

Come along and enjoy this fun, healthy, colourful and family-friendly event, starting at the Auckland Domain and finishing up at Coyle Park. On ya bike! http://www.facebook.com/cycleprideakl

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The Great Auckland Pride Debate

Monday 18th February DISCLAIMER this is an 18+ event – Hey everyone tickets are available at the RY office. Donations from this event go to RY, share it with your mates. Also Nikki Kaye just became the Minister for Youth Affairs, we should go along and let people know what queer and trans* youth need […]

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We’re Back We’re Back

          Its 2013 and already we are hitting the ground running we have lots to do, Pride Parade, Big Gay Out, groups starting up again and money money money to find to keep on ticking along…. But lets take a breath and listen to Craig Hoyles’ interview on Radio New Zealand […]

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Hey Ho!!!

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Curious Relaunch

PRESS RELEASE: 15 December 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Have you been wondering what happened to the website curious.org.nz? Well ponder no more as the cat’s out of the bag: Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier hub of information, resources and cool stories for queer and trans* youth, curious.org.nz, is completely revamped and back online. Rainbow Youth website […]

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Q12 The Tour Launched

Q12 The Tour goes online A series of challenging and thought provoking audio interviews with young LGBTI/Queer people will be launched by PrideNZ.com today, 12/12/12. Q12 The Tour is a collaboration between producer Benji Watt, PrideNZ.com and Rainbow Youth.  During 2012 Watt toured 10 regions around the North Island talking to over 50 young people […]

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END OF YEAR BASH

Check out the event page on facebook Where : RY Center When: Sunday December 9th Time : 12pm – 7pm Come and join us for a sizzling sausage, gluten free and vege options available. Feel welcome to bring a plate if you so desire.  Salads, snacks or soda are welcome contributions.  But not a necessity to […]

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RY Training

Training for volunteers, facilitators, shared experience representatives and people keen to learn leadership skills. You may already know heaps and need a refresher or you might not know anything and get to learn new and fabulous ways to facilitate groups, tell your coming out story in an education session and be a great volunteer for […]

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Butch Femme Queer Feminist Elders Afternoon Tea

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Join in the Takatāpui Focus Group November 14th 2012!!!

  Venue : Corban Estate Arts Centre Henderson Focus Group will be held in the Old St Michaels Church behind the Homestead Date : Weds 14th November 2012 Time : 6pm—8pm RSVP : [email protected] Ph : 09 376 4155 / 021 529 778 This workshop is for young people who:  Are Māori and identify […]

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Geek Fest v2

Keen to volunteer at Rainbow Youth? Got some journalism or wordpress skills? Want to learn journalism or wordpress skills from other talented youth? If you’re any of the above, come along! Sunday 11th November from 1pm, at the Rainbow Youth center, 281 K’rd! We’re doing some awesome stuff around making our website better, plus relaunching […]

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New Website to check out…. LGBTI Asian Voices Revealed.

Just last month a bunch of folk pulled together a fantastic idea to set up a site to share the LGBTI asian NZ story. There is a lot to learn from others and it is awesome to see people sharing their stories. Some of those who have shared are members and volunteers  of Rainbow Youth […]

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Upcoming HUI TAKATĀPUI !!! Register Now

HUI TAKATĀPUI 2012 INFO PACK Register now + join the FB page!!!!! http://www.nzaf.org.nz/voices/view/hui-takataapui-2012 There will be transport from Auckland central to the Marae. Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions get in touch with NZAF or RY to find out more! I hope to see lots of RY members and supporters registered by the […]

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Induction & Geekfest

Rainbow Youth presents.. Induction & Geekfest!! Keen to volunteer? Come! Induction: Intro for everyone interested in volunteering, especially for facilitating before the actual training for facilitators and would be facilitators.Geekfest: Skills we are looking for (or will provide training in) are:social media, wordpress, blogging, with a chance to get involved in web development if interested!

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Noticed our Upcoming Events ?

Ever wondered what Rainbow Youth is up to this week?  Check the ‘Upcoming Events’ calendar on the left, just down the page a bit.  All the groups, board stuff and fun events are listed here, so keep an eye on whats coming up! Click on events for deets, scroll down into the future or even back up […]

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GayTalk Tonight – Its Tommy!

This week our fabulous ED Tommy is up!  Check it:

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GayTalk Tonight – Marriage Equality

Up on GayTalk Tonight – Louisa Wall discusses her Marriage Equality bill. See the original on GayTalkTonight.com

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WTF on GayTalk Tonight!

Rainbow Youth’s very own Sam Shore is up on GayTalk Tonight, talking WTF. Check out the GayTalkTonight.com

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Bee a Kween – Bee Quick

On Saturday night a showcase of fierce and fabulous Fa’afafine dancers hit Corbans Art Estate in Henderson. Rainbow Youth wants to send you along to Kweens present Fa’afafine IDentity and has two tickets to give away. All you’ve got to do is email your name and a contact phone number to [email protected] to be in to win the […]

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Faces, places: Craig

Welcome back to Faces, places. This time round the spotlight is on first-time Rainbow Youth board member Craig Hoyle. Why did you want to join the board?  My life wasn’t always this cool.  I was thrown out of home by my parents when I came out as gay, and Rainbow Youth was a huge help […]

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Check it out…

As always there’s a stack of awesome events happening around the country at the moment. Here’s our picks from July 30 – August 5, enjoy! – New Zealand International Film Festival – there’s five queer films at the festival – wahoo! Check out the selection here thanks to gaynz.com and for the full line up […]

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Thoughts on marriage equality

As Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality ammendment bill is pulled from Parliament’s members ballot Rainbow Youth member Toni Duder reflects on what it means for her as a young New Zealander. I CHALLENGE you to try and find a crappier route than the one that goes between Dargaville and the Bay of Islands. It’s the back […]

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Faces, Places: Aych

Meet Aych McArdle, one of Rainbow Youth’s newest board members and latest star of Faces, Places. Why did you want to join the board? I believe that the work that Rainbow Youth is incredibly powerful and I wanted to contribute my little bit to this awesome organization! What do you do for a job/ tell […]

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Faces, Places: Samantha

Welcome to the first of Rainbow Youth’s series Faces, Places. During the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you snippets of info about people who are engaged with our community. You’ll get to meet board members, staff, community members, and other awesome folk from around Aotearoa. If you know someone who should be profiled on […]

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Sparkling performance

On Wednesday 11 July a sold out audience at Maidment Theatre was treated to a one-off reading of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s 8 – The Play. So unique was the show that you wont see the same actors together on stage doing the reading again. Ever.  The play is only done once in each city. Some […]

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Queer Culture: 1st – 10th July

Hi everyone! It’s time for round two of ‘Queer Culture’. First up this week is a link to some pretty sweet Facebook news. On the 3rd of July it was announced that Facebook would be including same sex marriage icons for profiles. Check them out! AfterEllen also did their own version of the icons- with […]

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8 – The Play: A Fight For Marriage Equality

There’s some beauty shows and events coming up over the next few weeks in Auckland and New Zealand. First up is 8 – The Play: A Fight For Marriage Equality. It’s on this Wednesday (11 July), at 7.30pm at the Maidment Theatre’s Mainstage. This one-night-only stage reading is going to be AMAZING and features our very […]

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Queer Culture: June 24 – 30

Hey everyone! I’m Toni and I’d like to welcome you to the first weekly Queer culture post! Every week you can come here and catch up on what is cool and queer out there in cyberspace and popular entertainment. This first post here is all about the essentials.  So I want to introduce you to […]

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Oh hi…

Just a quick heads up to say Rainbow Youth has a new board! On Saturday we said goodbye to chair John Kingi and welcomed in Duncan Matthews as the new chairman of RY for 2012/2013. It’s an exciting time for the board with six new members joining the ranks but also a bit of a […]

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Lesbian Ball & XMEN

Q) What does a politician, the lesbian ball, and an Xmen comic have in common? A) Ahh… you thought we’d tell you right now. Come along to the Rainbow Youth AGM on Saturday and find out! But seriously… Thanks to the lovely politician Jacinda Ardern we have two tickets to give away to the Lesbian Ball which is […]

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AGM: 23rd June

Our AGM is coming up fast!  From noon, Saturday 23rd June to be exact, at the Rainbow Youth center 281 K’rd. What’s an AGM? Every charitable organisation needs to have a annual general meeting (AGM) every year so the people responsible for the organisation (in RY’s case, the board) can report to the organisations members […]

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Uenuku: Our Panui

Latest News Check out our new feature tab: Latest News for updates on what’s going on at Rainbow Youth and in your community. Today we’ve got a wrap of queer-friendly events happening around Aotearoa this week. Keep checking Latest News for updates. Donate to WTF NZ and help Rainbow Youth and OUTLine NZ keep running […]

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We’re saying: WTF NZ!

That’s right, you heard it. Check out our exciting new campaign WTF which was launched at Q theatre last night. It’s a joint project between Rainbow Youth and OUTLine NZ that’s aimed at letting all New Zealanders know that discrimination on the basis of sexual identity is not ok. It’s also about asking people to support our organisations […]

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COMING SOON!

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Did you catch us on WERO?

How safe are our schools for rangatahi takataapui / queer youth? Some like Mt Roskill Grammar School are setting benchmarks in safety running awareness wananga and support networks. Check us out on Series 1, Episode 5

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You, Me, Us – Our People, Our Relationships

You, Me, Us is booklet resource full of useful tips to creating healthy relationship, identifying unhealthy relationship and ways to get help and get out aswell. An initiative by OUTLINE NZ and Rainbow Youth with assistance and contribution from many fabulous members of our community. read more >

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Bullying Forum – Rainbow Youth Education

While Priscilla (Education Co-ordinator) was at the Bullying Forum put on by the Mental Health Foundation she was interviewed about the Education work that she does across Auckland and in High Schools.

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Youth ’07 Report

Rainbow Youth and the New Zealand AIDS Foundation celebrated the launch of the report – Youth’07 The Health and Wellbeing of Secondary School Students in New Zealand: Results for Young People Attracted to the Same Sex of Both Sexes – on Tuesday 20th October as part of the very first SYHPANZ forum. The forum focused on the needs of young same-sex […]

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