Making Trans Histories Project

Making Trans Histories Project

Gender Minorities Aotearoa co-developed and participated in this fabulous project from Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand:

Trans Past, Trans Present; The Making Trans Histories Project.

”Trans people from their teens to their 70s were asked to identify objects of personal importance and to share the objects’ stories. What emerged was a quirky collection that is a testament to the diversity of trans experiences, and which disrupts established (and cis-written) narratives about trans lives.”

We are so grateful to Project Coordinator Will Hansen, and the team from Te Papa, for their enthusiasm and vision.

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View the full project and read the 29 stories on Te Papa’s website by clicking here.

Happy Transgender Awareness Week 2019 #TransAwarenessWeek

Raw Sugar May 11th

Raw Sugar May 11th

*Tatataapui * Trans * Intersex * Queer * Rainbow * Plus friends and whaanau*

Come join us for potluck kai and korero by the fire at The Gender Centre! We have casual hang out and chats from 4pm-6pm, then watch a film from 6-8pm. Sometimes the film is rated for 18+ but the food and social earlier is for all ages.

Raw sugar is a FREE event, a SOBER event, it is WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, and has GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS.

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Ka aha te raa (date): Sat May 11th
Ka aha te waa (time): 4pm – 8pm
Kei reira (location): The Gender Centre, 128 Abel Smith street, Wellington
Homai (bring along): he kai to share, or just bring yourself, or friends, or whaanau
Waea mai (contact us on):

Facebook event here:

Show Your Support With Transgnder Flag Bunting

Show Your Support With Transgnder Flag Bunting

Show your support for trans and intersex people with our beautiful ”We Belong” transgender flag bunting!

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The design includes the transgender flag colours, with yellow stars for intersex. The starts are in the pattern of the Southern Cross constellation, otherwise known as Te Pae Mahutonga. Te pae mahutonga is also a Kaupapa Maori public health framework, based on the constellation, which guides our organisation. You can read about it here. It also carries the transgender symbol, with the words ‘We Belong’.

Graphic design by Ahi Wi-Hongi. Design published by Gender Minorities Aotearoa, Wellington, 2019.

Community Working Bee

Community Working Bee

Nau mai haere mai, come to a community working bee and potluck this Sunday August 6th 2017.

We will be working on the op shop venue, mostly cleaning, pricing and hanging up clothes, and other finishing touches.

Come along and meet some lovely people, share some kai, and join us in getting Aunty Dana’s Op Shop up and running! Your support is welcome and appreciated.

The venue is mobility accessible, smoke-free, child friendly, and has a gender neutral bathroom, so bring along your friends and whanau.

There is a link to our Facebook event here
and to Aunty Dana’s Op Shop website here
as well as information about our venue hosts the 128 Community Whare and Social Centre here

Come hang out! see you there!

Institut für Sexualwissenschaft: The Centre for Sexual Scientific Research

Institut für Sexualwissenschaft: The Centre for Sexual Scientific Research

May 10th 1933, Nazis burned one of the largest collections of transgender research in the world. They destroyed around 25,000 books, journals, and images from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft in Berlin, Germany.
The centre for sexual scientific research – which included many transgender staff – was the an international pioneer in advocating homosexual and transgender civil rights. It also advocated women’s rights, sex education, contraception, STI clinics.
The sexual research institute had around 20,000 visitors each year, and 1,800 clinic consultations, which were free for those who couldn’t afford to pay. It offered endocrinology and surgical services, including the first modern GRS operations in the 1930s.
Magnus Hirschfeld, the head of the institute and a gay Jewish man, also worked with Belin police in an attempt to stop the arrests of trans sex workers. It was Magnus who coined the term ‘transsexual’.
Many of the institutes aims are the same things we are fighting for today; accessible healthcare, mental health services, hormones, and surgeries.
We remember the histories of transgender resistance, and the ultimate price that so many paid for the freedoms we now enjoy. We take on the responsibility to use our freedoms to make things better: for ourselves, for each other, and for future generations to come.
Read more here: