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Groups and Support

OUTLine 0800 OUTLINE (6885463) – a free service for LGBTIQ+ people and their whānau. Talk to a member of the LGBTIQ+ community trained to listen and answer your questions. We also have our Transgender Peer Support Service, which supports transgender, non-binary and gender diverse Aucklanders and their whānau to access support, information and a sense of community

RainbowYOUTH provides 1:1 peer support to queer, gender diverse, intersex and takatāpui youth and their whānau across Aotearoa, with peer support groups and in-person support available in Northland, Auckland, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty. They can help with housing, support for parents and whānau, transitioning, accessing gender affirming care, coming out, information and resources

InsideOUT provides a range of services which support rainbow young people to have a sense of safety and belonging in their schools and communities. InsideOUT specialises in supporting schools to be rainbow inclusive and can support students, family, whānau around any challenges they might be facing with schools, or help you choose a more inclusive school for your child. @insideoutkoaro across social media.

Qtopia is a social support service for LGBTQIA+ youth, their whānau, and their communities using education, support, advocacy and celebration to create lasting, positive social change.

Gender Minorities Aoteaora is the national transgender organisation for trans people and their whānau and communities. It is run by transgender people and provides 1:1 and group support, information and assistance by phone, email, and at its Wellington gender centre, as well as its Auckland and Whangarei monthly popups, by phone, email, and online.

Intersex Trust Aotearoa NZ is an intersex-led charitable trust that gives information, education and training for organisations and professionals who provide services to intersex people and their whānau.

Waikato Queer Youth (WaQuY) Empowers communities to support their youth of diverse gender and sexuality through safe spaces, support, mentoring and social groups for their peers, a gender diverse and intersex group, and adult support groups for those coming out in later life and whānau supporting their persons. Additionally they develop and deliver custom education packages on gender and sexual diversity for various audiences.

Q-Youth is a Nelson based organisation that provides support, information, advocacy and education for queer* young people, their friends and families. We offer services in the Nelson/Tasman region. Our groups and events are open to all young people up to the age of 24 as we are a queer/straight alliance.

Dunedin Pride is a volunteer run charity org that supports our rainbow young people in Ōtepoti Dunedin NZ. Alphabet Soup is a social group for young people of school age (13-18 years) that we run at Youthline Otago. We also run a Trans and Gender diverse group for members of our trans community that is 18+. We work with businesses to set up queer events such as our Youth Ball and run training throughout the year so if you're keen to volunteer let us know! If you or anyone you know would like to find out more info then let us know at Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Drum Beat For caregivers of children and young people who are gender diverse or gender questioning. Meet up monthly in Central Auckland. Contact or 027 700 6080

Hearts Not Parts Facebook group for parents or supporters of transgender and non-binary people based in South Auckland.

Holding Our Own Support & Education forum for Parents and Whanau of LGBTQ children (all ages) to meet & talk safely. Email - or contact Amanda Aarons 021 125 7775

Parents and Guardians of Gender Diverse Children in NZ Secret Facebook group (not searchable on Facebook) To join the group please email either: Sharyn Forsyth or the group’s Auckland contact Rebecca Jones

Gay IRL The New Zealand AIDS Foundation run a a weekly space where young queer guys (cis and trans) can hang out, eat some pizza and have fun! If you're between the ages of 18-25 we'd love to have you along to chill out with us on a Thursday afternoon, and hang out with some other queer guys! We'll provide the pizza and the fun, just bring yourselves and your friends! Gay IRL will runs weekly on Thursdays, from 5:30pm at the NZAF Offices in St Mary's Bay!

Resources for Parents and Whānau (NZ)

Help! Is My Child Transgender? Ideas for parents of gender-questioning kids

Let’s Talk: A Resource Guide for Parents A guide for supporting young people who have come out or are questioning their gender or sexuality

Trans, Gender Diverse & Intersex Children Under 12 Information and resources for parents and guardians of trans, gender diverse and intersex children

Takatā A resource hub for Takatāpui and their whānau

Support for parents of intersex youth

International Resources

Families like mine (Australia): A multimedia guide that offers practical advice to families of young gender diverse people, same-sex attracted and bisexual people, and those who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

Families in TRANSition (Canada) A Resource Guide for Parents of Trans Youth

First Steps (Australia): Shared stories from parents and caregivers of trans and gender diverse children

Gender Spectrum (US): Helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens

Human Rights Commission (US): Supporting trans and gender expansive children

Intersex for Parents (Australia): A page for if you have a new baby, or if you’re planning a pregnancy, or you’ve recently discovered that your child has an intersex variation

Intersex support for parents (private page - access must be requested from administrators before entry

Kidsinthehouse (US): The Ultimate Parenting Resource, Dr Johanna Olson, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Parents of Gender Diverse Children (Australia): Resources forparents of young children, adolescents and adult trans and gender diverse children

Supporting Your Intersex Child (EU): A toolkit to introduce the topic, give advice on how to best support your intersex child, and where to get further information.

What We Wish Our Parents Knew (US): A brochure created by young intersex advocates to prepare other families with intersex kids for the journey ahead of them