What GMA does
Te Pae Mahutonga – a kaupapa Maori Approach
Direct Assistance for Trans People
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
National Free Binder Program
The National Free Binder Programme is designed to support people in Aotearoa who need a binder and can’t afford to purchase one. We have also developed safety info together with physiotherapists at PhysioSpot. There is also a purchase link on our page if folks want to purchase a binder from the NZ based seamstress direct.
Free IPL facial hair removal club
Gender Minorities Aotearoa runs a free IPL facial hair removal club at our drop in centre in Wellington. There is also info linked on this page for those in oother areas to access WINZ support if they are eligible.
Online Support Nationwide
We run the national all ages online infoshare and support forum Transgender & Intersex NZ – the largest publicly accessible trans support and informationpeer-to-peer forum in NZ. T&INZ is open to all sex characteristic and gender minorities, as well as supportive others in Aotearoa NZ. We are also available on firstname.lastname@example.org for one to one support.
The Gender Centre Wellington – Community Drop-in
The Gender Centre is our community drop-in in Wellington city, where people can come for information, resources, peer support, and assistance, to access our local programs such as the free legal clinic, to attend community events, volunteer, and more.
Supportive Social Environments
Gender Minorities Aotearoa runs a free monthly sober social event for trans and rainbow people and their friends and whaanau. We find these are much more effective than support groups at facilitating connections and fighting isolation. Further details on our blog in the main menu.
We also run a variety of other social events, which reach out to specific populations of trans people that experience high levels of isolation or social exclusion.
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 employment skills and experience, and get a great reference to assist them into paid employment.
Aunty Dana’s also provides opportunities to engage with the public on issues affecting transgender, takataapui, and intersex people.
Wellington Transgender Legal Clinic
We run a free fortnightly legal clinic at The Gender Centre, in collaboration with Community Law. Our lawyer can assist folks with, for example, human rights, employment, custody and family issues, or if they are in trouble with the criminal justice system.
Local Evidence-Based Resources
We develop evidence-based resources which are relevant for transgender, takataapui and intersex people in Aotearoa. These are available to download free from our website. They include our glossary, our guide to hormone therapy, and our brochure for clinicians, developed using a co-design processes with medical clinicians and community experts.
Some of these are:
- 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
TEA Project – Temporary Emergency Accommodation
We operated an emergency housing program from 2013 to 2019. As of September 2019, we no longer have a venue for this, though we are working to a long term strategy for addressing housing needs.
Queer Housing NZ – National Rainbow Housing Network
We run the national housing network for trans and rainbow people in NZ, since 2017. Through this, we facilitate trans people into safer housing situations, who would potentially otherwise have become or continued to be homeless or in unsafe housing.
Including In Our Own Words sexual violence research, Counting Ourselves trans and non-binary health research, Rainbow Mental Health Support Services research, Honor Project Aotearoa takataapui health research.
Trans Health Systems
Collaboration and Co-Design with Community Orgs and Projects
- Te Whariki Takapou
- Te Kotahi Research Institute,
- New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective
- All of Us
- Like Minds Like Mine
- Thursdays in Black.
- Takataapui, Part of the Whanau
- Sam Orchard
- Broadly coordinated community actions
We also collaborated on Hohou te Rongo Kahukura outing violence research, but we, along with the Maaori partner organisation Tiwhanawhana, and eventually almost all members of the advisory group, withdrew our support from this research.
National Online Database@ genderminorities.com
We have developed the national online database which hosts a wealth of evidence-based information. There is also a referral system with extensive links to trans-friendly and competent organisations and service providers throughout Aotearoa.
In the database you can find:
Evidence Based Information Resources
Pamphlets, videos, books, and other information for transgender, takataapui, and intersex people, their parents, partners, whanau, friends, service providers, and wider communities. Most research and information about trans people in Aotearoa NZ can be found here.
Medical and Surgical
Doctors, endocrinologists, psychologists, and other health care providers, surgeons, surgery information, how to apply for public funding for surgeries. Laser clinics, voice work, other medical needs. Comprehensive information for health care providers, research, and professional development.
Information and forms to change the name and/or gender marker on one’s birth certificate, passport, drivers licence, and other identity documents.
Community and Support
Trans community groups and trans-friendly support organisations around the country, crisis support and counseling
Information for healthcare providers, including different medical frameworks, clinical information, sensitivity training resources, and more. Links for professional development training and policy development support for many kinds of organisations and businesses. We provide diversity training and policy work also, free for health care providers, or contact us for a quote.
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, or click ‘follow our blog’ in the footer on any page of our website.
Against Stigma: Changing Social Narratives
Our diversity posters with trans-positive messaging go up in 1-2 different towns or cities around Aotearoa every month, helping to raise awareness and sending a message to trans people everywhere: you’re not alone, we exist, and it’s good.
- 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 between 10am – noon Wednesday to Sunday for training, and fill in the shop volunteer form here
- You can donate money here via Bank Transfer, PayPal, or credit card.