No student or teacher in New Zealand should feel intimidated or scared due to their sexual orientation when they are within the school grounds, unfortunately, evidence indicates that this is still the case for many individuals and this asks the question why? 
Queer is a reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender diversity. It is used to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa’afafine, and takataapui identities, as well as everyone in between and not sure (Rainbow Youth, 2011).

Rainbow is a commonly used term and imagery internationally to broadly encompass all those in queer communities, sometimes including family and allies, especially in a human rights context. It reflects the fact that diversity is positive, and gender and sexuality is understood as being on a spectrum.

LGBTI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex. Like queer, it is used as a short-hand term that represents sexuality and gender diversity in its broadest sense. Sometimes LGBT or LGBTQ is also used by other authors.

Trans is used in this context as the umbrella term encompassing many different forms of gender diversity and gender identity, including FtM, MtF, intersex, transsexual, cross-dresser, (Crossdressing) whakawahine, fa’afafine, transvestite, transgenderist, androgyne, and gender-queer

Our goal is to work with students, teachers and professional organisations to provide helpful information and realistic solutions for our youth.