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ITANZ launch Intersex Youth Aotearoa

For immediate Release – September 17th 2015

ITANZ launch Intersex Youth Aotearoa aimed at engaging Intersex/DSD rangatahi in Aotearoa.

The Intersex Trust of Aotearoa has recently completed a project, titled Intersex Youth Aotearoa, to help to connect young people across the motu.

The trust was generously awarded a grant from Arataiohi through a funding stream established by the Ministry of Youth Development to support youth organisations and initiatives in the Rainbow community.

The website and face book page hopes to link young people and their whanau, acting as an opportunity to reduce the isolation and lack of visibility that the Intersex/DSD community face.

The Executive Director of ITANZ, Mani Bruce Mitchell statedI

“The future of ITANZ and the youth of todays knowledge of the issues faced by Intersex/DSD rangatahi shows great promise, and it’s exciting to be in a position to initiate engagement with rangatahi.”

The idea was inspired by the work that Mani has been doing in the USA with youth led initiatives, over the past 5 years, supporting young people to achieve greater access to peer support. There is a need for youth led initiatives that raises a visible anchor for young people to find support and access to help improve their own knowledge and the outcomes in their day to day livesI

“As we build ITANZ and succeed, our future generations need to have established nests for our rangatahi alongside their allies, whanau, family and friends.”, states Mani Bruce Mitchell.

ITANZ hope this seedling project will inform people of the need to grow the leadership within this valued community and offer an opportunity for Intersex Youth Aotearoa to flourish into a youth led initiative that can thrive and grow.

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