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New Resource & Project for Sexuality and Gender Diverse Communities

June 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

*From the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse*

The It's Not OK campaign and RainbowYOUTH, along with community partner organisations, have collaborated to update a resource on healthy relationships for sexuality and gender diverse communities.

Originally produced in 2010, You, Me / Us provides information for queer, trans* and takatāpui people on sex and consent, identifying and preventing abuse, and asking for help. The booklet uses the following terms:

"Queer: A reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender diversity. We use it to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa'afafine, and takatāpui identities, as well as everyone in between and not sure. This word is used by many people, but it is also appreciated that it is not the preferred term for everybody.

Trans*: The word "trans*" is used as an umbrella term for gender-diverse people, including transgender, tangata ira tane, FtM, MtF, transsexual, fa'afafine, whakawahine, transmen, transwomen, akava'ine, leiti, genderqueer and gender-neutral people, and many others.

Takatāpui: A traditional Māori term that means "intimate partner of the same sex." We use it to encompass all Māori who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer."

The resource also provides contact information on organisations that can provide support.

Duncan Matthews, RainbowYOUTH General Manager, said "Watching different areas of the community come together to collaborate on this resource was hugely exciting, and gives me confidence that the resource produced will provide accurate, up to date and accessible information for many queer, gender diverse and takatāpui people in our communities on healthy relationships, identifying unhealthy behaviors and accessing support."

You Me / Us posters and booklets are available for download and distribution from the It's Not OK Campaign website and the You, Me / Us website, or by request to RainbowYOUTH or the It's Not OK Campaign.

New project

A separate new national project seeks to raise awareness of intimate partner violence and sexual violence in queer* communities, and gather information about queer* community experiences and strategies to inform resource and service development. The project will include a website, anonymous survey, community hui and work with queer* community media, focused on the ways homophobia, biphobia and transphobia impact on and structure how abuse occurs in queer* relationships. The project is funded by the It’s Not OK Campaign and project managed by Sandra Dickson, with input from an advisory group which includes queer* community sector representatives. For further information, email the Project Manager.

for more information see the NZFVC website here.

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