Transgender support in New Zealand.
Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a nationwide transgender organisation. It is run by and for transgender people; including binary and non-binary, intersex, and irawhiti takatāpui.
We support transgender people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, and provide one-to-one peer support and information nationwide.
Our vision is for all transgender people to be empowered by a full range of choices across all aspects of their lives, and to be able to participate fully in society.
We operate within a kaupapa Māori public health framework (Te Pae Māhutonga) and The Ottawa Charter (1986). Our aim is to facilitate health and well-being for transgender populations, as defined by The World Health Organisation. This includes complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.
Transgender safety from prejudice, discrimination, and violence and are our top priorities.
For example, we advocate for safe and appropriate housing, healthcare, education, and employment. Likewise, for safe and supportive social environments, including family and intimate relationships.
How we support transgender people
- One-to-one peer support with a professional transgender advocate.
- Peer support by phone & email.
- Health navigation support.
- Support updating identity documents.
- Parents & family support.
- Support for healthcare providers.
- Trans community drop-in.
- Trans community events.
- Online trans support group.
- Healthcare database & referrals.
- Rainbow housing NZ.
- IPL club.
- Legal advice.
- Trans Justice of the Peace.
- Work experience & C.V. support.
- Online courses.
- Trans-positive merchandise.
- Update identity documents.
- Relationships & sex.
- School & study.
- Parents & families.
- Human rights.
- Refugee & asylum seekers.
- Learn about trans people.
Who we assist
We support thousands of transgender people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, and their families and whānau every year. Because we provide over 1,300 one-to-one peer supports each year, our knowledge of issues across the regions is very broad. Additionally, if we don’t know the answer to your question, we’ll find out.
We work to strengthen transgender communities, improve social narratives and public discourse, and change social norms. Our programs include not only community building, but also movement building. We also assist community agencies to better understand and support transgender people.
We advocate at national level, by assisting both government and non-government organisations to improve public policy and legislation.
Visits to our website (and 118,000+ views)
Used our trans 101
Used our rainbow housing network
Used our online peer-to-peer support group
Used our birth certificate guide
1:1 peer support engagements
Used our parents resources
Ranked rainbow org in NZ on Alexa
“The scope of issues you cover is so broad. Your organization is unique in the world” – Mukasa, International Trans Fund.
Thank you to our sponsors
A.W. Newton Bequest – Wellington City Council