Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a nationwide transgender organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is run by and for transgender people; including binary and non-binary, intersex, and irawhiti takatāpui.
GMA offers information, advocacy, and wrap around support for transgender people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
The vision of Gender Minorities Aotearoa 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.
A Public Health Organisation
We operate within the kaupapa Māori public health framework Te Pae Māhutonga, and The Ottawa Charter (1986). Our focus is peer led health and well-being. We aim to facilitate health and well-being for transgender populations, as defined by The World Health Organisation – complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.
by trans, for trans
We aren’t just “rainbow peers”, we are by trans, for trans. Trans people develop the ideas and make the decisions, including setting our strategic and financial priorities. Trans people make up 100% of our Board, spokespeople, and close to 100% of our staff. Our fundraising volunteer teams are usually made up of around 75% trans people.
Support Services and Movement Building
We work with hundreds of trans people of all ages and their families every year at an individual level, so our knowledge of different demographics across the regions is very broad.
At a community level, we work to strengthen trans communities, improve social narratives and public discourse, and change social norms.
We also advocate at policy and legislation level, working with government and non-government organisations and service providers to improve public policy.
“The scope of issues you cover is so broad. Your organisation is unique in the world” – Mukasa, International Trans Fund.
What service users say
Our programmes include:
Behind the scenes examples
Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa (PATHA) – we co-organised the first National Transgender Health Symposium in 2018, and were 4 of 80 founding PATHA members, and 2 of 8 founding Executive Committee members.
Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration (BDMRR) Working Group – The Minister of Internal Affairs.
National Standards for Residential Care Working Group (2019).
Sex and Gender Diverse Health Outcomes Working Group – Capital and Coast DHB, Hutt Valley DHB, Wairarapa DHB.
Rainbow Sexual Violence Prevention Network.
Youth Sector Rainbow Collective.