Raw Sugar Social Events: 2021

Raw Sugar Social Events: 2021

Nau mai haere mai, Raw Sugar free monthly transgender sober social events are back for 2021!

Note: under Covid-19 alert level 2, 3, and 4 all our face-to-face events are cancelled.
If we are in alert level 1, Raw Sugar will operate as usual.

Who & what

Join us for social chats, games, cups of tea, and potluck snacks with lovely people! All transgender and intersex people welcome. Bring yourself, whānau, friends, and finger food kai to share if you want to.

2pm to 4pm: snacks and chats and games (including things like Connect 4, Articulate!, Jackbox TV games, and Unstable Unicorns). The first 2 hours is suitable for folks of any age.

4pm to 6pm: film screening (sometimes rated R16 or R18). This part of the event is more suitable for people aged 16 or over.

When & where

Raw Sugar Wellington is held on the second weekend each month, from 2 till 6pm (usually on the Saturday). We have moved Raw Sugar from our drop in centre at 130 Riddiford street Newtown, into the new venue of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre – which is now directly across the street upstarirs in the old ANZ building at 2A Green street (down the side street, and on the right).


The venue is fully mobility accessible, with an elevator to the top floor. There are all-genders accessible toilets. We’re aiming for a low allergen space, so no sprays or air-freshers, and please don’t wear perfume or cologne. Disability assist animals are welcome, however due to allergies and phobias please do not bring any other animals. Sometimes we have around 40 people attending, and there is a quieter room available to hang out if it’s a bit noisy.

Dates & times


End of the year

We will be running a rainbow community event at Vinegar Hill in December, on a day TBC between December 27th and December 31st. Check out the Vinegar Hill Gay Camp website for more info.

Camping for Beginners: Sport and Recreation Series

Camping for Beginners: Sport and Recreation Series

Our new resource Camping for Beginners is the first in our new Sport and Recreation series. Camping can be fun and a great way to relax. Check out our tips for beginners here; be prepared, be safe, and have a great time.

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Picking the right place to camp means thinking about location, how full a campground is likely to be on the day you arrive, the weather at that time of the year and what your gear can stand up to, and what your safety and accessibility needs are.

Think about proximity to bathrooms, cellphone coverage, drinking water.

Do you need a permit to camp there? Can you light a fire? You can find information from Department of Conservation, district councils, motor home associations, and social media groups for camping in Aotearoa.

Practice at Home

Practice setting up your tent at home or in a park nearby. Make sure you have all the pieces, it’s waterproof (including the groundsheet or floor), and everything works. If you’re bringing a cooker or other essential equipment – old or new – practice and test before you need it.

Pitching a Tent

Pitch your tent (or park) on level ground. Think about trees in the wind and falling branches or pine cones. If there could be a sudden downpour, will you be flooded out? In flooding, high winds, or other emergencies, how quickly can you pack up and leave?

Just Trans Stuff

For some of us, things like shaving, using bathrooms, and taking a shower can be extra difficult we’re sharing facilities with strangers. It may be an option to take a shower-tent and solar shower into your site, set up a table with a shaving mirror, and use ropes and flags as privacy screens. Having a bathroom area away from your social area and out of view from other campers can make camping a lot less stressful.

Plan to Eat

Cooking on a campfire requires dry wood, and using a camp cooker means taking a cooker and fuel with you. You’ll need a pot or pan, dishes, cutlery, and food that can be prepared easily with whatever equipment you have.

If you’re on foot, consider the weight of your food. If you can park a car near your campsite, then pre-prepared foods such as canned soup may be an option. Consider snacks, hot and cold drinks. Remember that some foods perish quickly without a chilly bin or ice box. Keep an eye on expiry dates. Ziplock bags keep chilled foods from contaminating each other.

Be Responsible

If you’re camping near others, try to give them some space, and keep the noise down at night. Remember to respect Papatūānuku as well – take only photos and leave only footprints. If you have animal companions with you, this applies to them as well.

Commonly Forgotten Items

Commonly forgotten items include insect repellent, sunscreen, a water bottle, a first aid kit, toiletries, a mirror, and lighting – a mix of solar and battery powered lights should see you through. You may like to take a comfortable chair, and eat at a folding table. Games, books, puzzles, and activities can also be a good idea.

Camping Checklist

Personal items

Comfy clothes, swimwear, dress ups.
Safer sex supplies if needed.
Bed roll/ airbed/ mattress/stretcher.
Blankets, sheets/sleeping bag.
Ear plugs.
Torch + battery, or cellphone + car charger.
Vape charger.
Power Bank/spare battery.
Hormones or medications.
Cupboard/food crate.
Chilly bin.
Personal kitchenware – plate/bowl/utensils.


Water or large water container.
Bug spray.
Sunscreen SPF 50+.
First aid kit.
Gas bottles for cooking.
Ice X 1 million.
Kitchen wipes.
Toiletries eg soap, sanitary products, wet wipes, extra T-paper.

Kitchen and Living

Kitchen /lounge gazebo.
Kitchen bench.
Kitchen table.
Solar candles/ lighting/safe fire torches.
Clock (no cellphone reception).
Flags/privacy screen fabric.
Falas/floor mats.
Gas bottles or cans.
Dishwashing tub, dishwash liquid, Scrubber, Buckets, Tea towels (or wetwipes).
Pots and pans.
Chopping boards and sharp knives.
Mixing/salad bowls.
Coffee plunger.
Can opener.
Music speakers.
Beanbags or camp chairs.
Solar shower.

Foods that Last

Breakfast foods – cereal, small cartons of long-life or plant-based milks, milk powder, porridge, oatmeal, muesli, firm fruits, canned spagetti and baked beans.

Lunch foods – many types of crackers, small cans of fish, canned pre-cooked chicken or red meat, pre-packed tortillas, margarine and spreads, whole (rather than loose leaf) salad greens, cabbage, carrots, preserved meats such as salami, fresh eggs last over a month.

Dinner foods – dried pasta, rice, corn chips, fresh or dried-flake potatoes, dried peas, bottled or canned pasta sauce, dried mushrooms, herbs and spices, salt, cooking oil, pouches of sauce, soup grain mix, pre-made meals in cans or pouches (eg, pouches of curry or fried rice, canned soups).

Snacks – dried seaweed snacks, potato chips, muesli bars, small cartons of milk or plant-milk based protein drinks, dried fruit and nuts, pretzels, biscuits, confectionery.

Drinks – coffee, tea, herb tea, hot chocolate, powdered juice (eg. Raro), syrups and concentrates, drinking water and bottle.

Vinegar Hill Gay Camp

Many transgender and rainbow folks camp at Vinegar Hill near Hunterville every December over the summer holidays. Vinegar Hill Gay Camp is not a commercial event, it’s just a gathering of rainbow folks. Besides camp fees and a $10 contribution towards community events and stage hire for the New Years eve party, it’s free to attend. Find out more here.

Supporting transgender people: online course

Supporting transgender people: online course

Gender Minorities Aotearoa is offering a free online course, Supporting Transgender People. This course is designed to increase your knowledge of issues affecting transgender people in Aotearoa, and to build your confidence in speaking about these issues and supporting transgender people. It is a 101 course and suitable for people with any level of knowledge on transgender issues.

The course takes 2 to 3 hours to complete, and is broken into 3 sessions. You can stop at any time and continue later by logging in again. There are links to further reading at the end of some sections – these are optional and are not included in the time allocation.

This course is suitable for families, friends, supporters, and professional development. A certificate of completion is issued at the end of the course.

What each chapter covers

By the end of chapter 1. you will be able to:

    1. Differentiate between gender, sex characteristics, and sex assigned at birth.
    2. Explain the meaning of words like transgender, cisgender, and non-binary.
    3. Talk about the difference between intersex and transgender.

By the end of chapter 2. you will be able to:

    1. Understand how stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination interact.
    2. Distinguish between discrimination in public life and private life.
    3. Recognise the impact of discrimination across multiple areas of life.
    4. Recognise physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and social impacts of discrimination.

By the end of chapter 3. you will be able to:

    1. Name protective factors which assist trans peoples well-being.
    2. Identify ways to support trans people in your personal life.
    3. Identify ways to support trans people in their public life.
    4. Find more information.

Content warning: this course discusses stigma, discrimination, and violence experienced by transgender and intersex people. Some content may be distressing.

The Tindall Foundation

This course was made with support from The Tindall Foundation

Transgender Perspectives on Feminism: Online Course

Transgender Perspectives on Feminism: Online Course

Gender Minorities Aotearoa is offering a free online course, designed to increase your knowledge of historic and contemporary issues regarding feminism and transgender people, and to improve your transgender inclusive intersectional feminist praxis. It is designed for people who are relatively fluent in feminism, and already have a 101 understanding of transgender issues.

It was developed through an intersectional feminist lens, by a transgender team that included transfeminine, transmasculine, non-binary, indigenous Māori, neurodiverse, disabled, and working class representation.

This course takes around 60 minutes to complete, and is broken into 5 sessions. You can stop at any time and continue later by logging in again. Some chapters have additional reading materials linked – these are not included in the time allocation.

By the end of chapter 1. you will be able to:

  • 1. Differentiate between gender, sex characteristics, and sex assigned at birth.
  • 2. Talk about impact of colonisation on understandings of sex and gender.

By the end of chapter 2. you will be able to:

  • 1. Understand the impact of eurocentric heteropatriarchal sexology on transgender narratives.
  • 2. Understand the history of enforced heteronormative sexuality in trans healthcare.
  • 3. Recognise the sexualisation of transgender women through medicalisation and pathologisation.
  • 4. Recognise the abusive nature of enforcing an arbitrary gender without an infants consent.

By the end of chapter 3. you will be able to:

  • 1. Recognise the repression of transgender people in Nazi Germany.
  • 2. Recognise similarities between historic fascism and contemporary repressive regimes.
  • 3. Identify psudo-feminist and fundamentalist religious right alliances.
  • 4. Understand the history of Radical Feminism and inclusivity in relation to transgender women.    
  • 5. Talk about why the term “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism” or “TERF” was developed.
  • 6. Identify impacts of TERF campaigns on public policy.
  • 7. Discuss various online and offline tactics of TERF campaigners, and the impacts of these.
  • 8. Identify reasoning behind the framing of anti-trans propaganda as “transgender debate”. 

By the end of chapter 4. you will be able to:

  • 1. Recognise key components of transmisogyny.
  • 2. Talk about the transmisogynist double bind.
  • 3. Identify the stereotypes behind transmisogynist prejudice. 
  • 4. Discuss why theories of “male socialisation” are inaccurate.

By the end of chapter 5. you will be able to:

  • 1. Identify examples of transgender intersectional feminist praxis.
  • 2. Recognise the exclusion of transgender narratives from contemporary feminist discourses.
  • 3. Identify a Black lesbian feminist separatist position on biological essentialism.
  • 4. Discuss key strategies for an intersectional feminist praxis of transgender inclusivity. 
  • 5. Identify areas of transgender marginalisation to address in gendered oppression discourse.
  • 6. Identify key concepts in creating trans-inclusive gendered spaces.
  • 7. Discuss core concepts in building safer spaces or diversity and inclusion policies.

Content Warning: this course discusses transgender histories, including forced surgeries, childhood sexual assault, concentration camps, the death penalty, and sexual violence.

Trans Perspectives on Feminism @VUWWC

Trans Perspectives on Feminism @VUWWC

Victoria University of Wellington Women’s Collective is holding a free event for Women’s Week, and has invited GMA to give a 60 minute lecture “Trans Perspectives on Feminism”. Nau mai haere mai, everyone is welcome.

We’ll be starting at 12 noon on Friday May 7, 2021, at Victoria University’s Te Aro campus, 139 Vivian Street Wellington, room VS318 – ask at reception if you can’t find us. The venue is mobility accessible.

Not a “trans allyship 101”, we’ll be starting by setting the record straight on sex and gender, then delving into the histories of social justice issues surrounding transgender women, men of medicine and the social construction of transgender narratives, the far right and trans-exclusionary radical feminism, the transmisogynist double bind, and pragmatic aspirations for intersectional feminism.

Content Warning: this presentation discusses transgender histories, including forced surgeries, childhood sexual assault, concentration camps, the death penalty, and sexual violence.

Our lecture is available here as a free online course, with additional reading links.

You can find the VUWWC event page on Facebook here.