Do you need support with issues of sexual identity?

For some people, sexual identity is no big deal. For others, discovering your sexual identity can be a roller coaster full of highs and lows. It can be life changing.

If you are:

  • worried or confused about who you are attracted to,
  • seeking more information about different sexual identities,
  • curious about how sex works in a queer or trans relationship,
  • looking for more information about safe sex,

there is specialised support available, and lots of people just like you who can help.

Check out one of the following organisations:

InsideOUT InsideOUT is a national organisation providing resources, information, workshops, consulting and support for anything concerning rainbow or LGBTQIA+ issues and education for schools, workplaces and community organisations.

OUTline OUTLine NZ is a national telephone counselling and information support service for the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Takataapui and Bisexual people of New Zealand. It operates from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Call from Auckland 09 309 3268 or outside of Auckland 0800 OUTLINE (0800 6885463).

Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a nationwide organisation which is run by and for transgender people, including non-binary, intersex, and takataapui gender diverse people. It offers information, advocacy, and wraparound support for transgender people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. 

Ending HIV offers a combination of tools to gay and bi guys to prevent HIV transmissions. It responds to the rising rates of HIV by empowering men with information and inspiring them to take action. It asks them to stay safe by using condoms and raises awareness about PrEP as an option that needs to be made available. It also puts focus on testing more often, particularly for those who haven't been playing safe, and educates about the benefits of starting treatment early for those who test positive.

Rainbow Youth Rainbow Youth is an Auckland-based organisation that provides information, advocacy and education for queer young people, their friends and whanau.

Qtopia Qtopia provides support for rainbow young people in Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Qaitaha Canterbury area. They can connect you with their youth groups, whānau support and resources. Their Diversity and Inclusion workshops are available to schools, workplaces, businesses and anyone interested in creating an inclusive Canterbury.

Helpful resources:

Glossary of gender related terms and how to use them - published by Gender Minorities Aotearoa.

Genderbread person - a resource to aid a better understanding of gender, or if you need help explaining it to someone else.