As educators, parents, students, and global citizens, we know that young people do better at school and in life if they attend schools where they feel welcome and safe. In celebration of International Pride Month, we have collated a list of LGBTQI+ resources to educate and create a safe and inclusive school environment.
A history of pride in Aotearoa New Zealand: Explore queer stories and artworks in Te Papa's collections and discover more about the rich histories of New Zealand's LGBTQI+ communities and icons.
How straight parents can raise kids to be allies, during Pride Month and beyond: An article that expands on the ways all families can recognise Pride Month.
It Gets Better: A project designed to share stories that uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQI+ youth around the globe.
RainbowYOUTH: Their motto is “Know who you are, be who you are. Whāia tō ake ngākaunui, i te pono, i te mārama." Providing support, information, resources, and advocacy for Aotearoa's queer, gender diverse, takatāpui and intersex youth. They foster safe, inclusive, accepting and diverse environments that are sober, family-friendly spaces.
Inside Out: Video-based teaching resources which aim to decrease homophobic and transphobic bullying. Inside Out meets key NZ Curriculum and Health Curriculum objectives, and was developed in partnership with Core Education, Rainbow YOUTH, Curative, University of Auckland, and funded by Ministry of Social Development.
Takatāpui: A resource for takatāpui and their whānau.
OutLine: An all-ages rainbow mental health organisation providing support to the rainbow community, their friends, whānau, and those questioning. They offer confidential, free, LGBTQI+ affirming support lines, face-to-face counselling, and free resources.
Making School a Safe Place for LGBTQ Students: Read the article or listen to the podcast.
Coming Out – A Resource for LGBTQ Students: To help with the coming out process, we’ve compiled some key things to think about and consider as you or others begin to share your identities around sexuality and gender.
The Trevor Project: A leading American nonprofit, providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people under 25.
Rainbow Rights: Find out about your legal rights related to being queer or gender diverse at school.
Resources from the Human Rights Commission: We all have the right to be free from discrimination and to be treated with fairness and respect. Read about their latest projects to promote equality and end discrimination against people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics.