What We Do
Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a cross cultural, transgender led organisation in New Zealand, which operates on a kaupapa Maori public health framework. It partners in research, develops resources, engages in advocacy, delivers education and training, runs a national database of information and resources, operates The Gender Centre in Wellington, runs Wellington Transgender Law Clinic, runs regular free sober social events, operates Aunty Dana’s trans community fund raising store, administers the online support forum Transgender and Intersex NZ, runs Queer Housing NZ network, provides wrap around support for takataapui, transgender, and intersex people, and referrals to other services.
We can assist you to:
» Find a trans-friendly doctor
» Get surgery information
» Get on the list for public funded surgery
» Connect with community support and peers
» Find trans-friendly laser clinics
» Find emergency accommodation
» Get information and resources
Supportive Social Environments
We run the national all ages online support forum Transgender & Intersex NZ – the largest publicly accessible trans support and information forum with an entirely NZ based membership. T&INZ is open to all sex and gender minorities and supportive others in Aotearoa NZ.
We also run face to face meet ups at The Gender Centre.
The Gender Centre
We have opened our first drop in Gender Centre in Wellington city. The Gender Centre is a supportive environment where people can come to connect with our services, receive information, resources, and peer support from other takataapui, trans, and intersex people.
We run monthly community building sober social events, and fortnightly legal triage where folks can speak to a free lawyer about most non-business topics – from workplace discrimination to child custody. We are planning movement building discussions and workshops, youth focus events, and Maori focus events.
Those in need of welfare assistance will be able to access clothing vouchers and free food once our welfare program is up and running.
Raw Sugar Monthly Social
Gender Minorities Aotearoa runs a free sober social event for takataapui, trans, intersex, queer, and rainbow people and their friends and whanau. These are held on the 2nd weekend of each month.
Aunty Dana’s Op Shop (Est. 2017)
Aunty Dana’s Op Shop is our main fundraising activity. All funds raised go toward covering operational costs, program costs, and personnel costs. We hope to be able to set up The Gender Centre and op shops regionally in the near future.
Aunty Dana’s Op Shop provides an opportunity for takataapui, trans, and intersex people – as well as supportive others – to volunteer, gain work experience, and be part of a supportive social community, as well as providing opportunities to engage with the public on issues affecting transgender, takataapui, and intersex people.
Local Resources & Information
We develop transgender, takataapui and intersex resources which are relevant and useful for those who are from or living in Aotearoa. These are available to download and print from the National Online Resources Database.
- Transgender NZ Issue 1. Hormone Replacement Therapy
- A Third Opinion: Takataapui, Trans, and Intersex Healthcare Tips for Clinicians
- Glossary – Trans Community Words, What They Mean and How to Use Them
- [Mis}representation of Transgender Women in Films
- Transgender New Zealand Diversity Posters
- Binding Safely Posters
- Space Junk: Tips for Transgender, Takataapui, and Intersex Folks and the People Who Love Us
- Help! Is My Child Transgender?
- Guide to Applying for the Special High Cost Treatment Pool Public Funding
- Media Advocacy Guide
- Transgender Media Guide 101
- Various Research Projects
- Other Resources
National Online Database
We have developed the national online database which links to community organisations and service providers throughout Aotearoa, that are directly recommended by transgender, takataapui, and intersex people. The national database also hosts resources and information for transgender, takataapui, and intersex people, our whanau, friends, schools, service providers, researchers, and wider communities.
In the database you can find:
Medical and Surgical
- medical database, including:
- recommended doctors, endocrinologists, psychologists, and otherhealthcare providers
- surgeons, surgery information, how to apply for public funding for surgeries
- laser clinics, voice work, and other medical needs
- information and forms to change the name and/or gender marker on your birth certificate, passport, drivers licence, and NZQA records
Community and Support
- community support database, including:
- community groups and organisations
- trans-friendly crisis support
- emergency housing
- social and events
Information and Resources
- information resources such as pamphlets, videos, and other great stuff to download
- where possible, these will be our own resources or other local resources
- a huge range of research – where possible, local
- information for healthcare providers, including different medical frameworks, clinical information, sensitivity training resources, and more
Other things we do…
There are many things we work on, which aren’t covered by the above descriptions. To see our latest news and updates, please click here to see our blog.
Behind the Scenes Projects
We also do a lot of behind the scenes work, such as:
- working on trans health care, both as part of The Sex and Gender Diverse Health Outcomes Working Group, and through presenting, speaking, and other avenues
- collaborating with community organisations like New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective and InsideOUT
- being part of community projects such as Takataapui, Part of the Whanau
- working on research projects, for example this 2017 study on rainbow mental health, and the 2016/2017 ”In Our Own Words” – the first fully gender minority inclusive research report on sexual violence in this country. Other projects we have helped to develop include the currently underway 2018 Honor Project Aotearoa health survey for takataapui and Maori who are LGBTQI+, and Counting Ourselves national health survey for trans and non-binary people.
- find out how you can get involved
- to receive our newsletter, click on this link.
- to volunteer as a peer support worker at The Gender Centre, drop in on a Friday between 10am and 3pm
- sign up for our sporadic GMA volunteers newsletter by clicking here
- come volunteer in Aunty Dana’s Op Shop by dropping in on a Friday or Saturday or fill in the shop volunteer form here
- or you can donate money here via PayPal or credit card.