Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Introducing Rainbowyouth’s I’m Local Project

Introducing Rainbowyouth’s I’m Local Project

With an aim to combat homophobia and transphobia in rural areas of New Zealand, RainbowYOUTH, would like to introduce the “I’m Local” project.

RainbowYOUTH has been providing support, education, and advocacy for LGBTIQ youth and their friends, families, and whanau for over 25 years, with their services mostly contained in the Auckland area due to budget constraints. With the help of funding from the U.S Embassy, the Waitemata Local Board and the ANZ Staff Foundation, RainbowYOUTH is able to expand their focus to other regions.

One of the main focuses of this goal is the “I’m Local” project, which aims to reach out to youth in more rural areas of New Zealand who may be struggling to come to terms with their gender identity or sexual orientation. The personal experiences of those LGBTIQ people who have grown up in rural areas have made it abundantly clear that these places are severely lacking in support, education and visibility for their LGBTIQ community members.

With this in mind, the “I’m Local” project is contacting organisations where these rural youth may spend their time, such as schools, libraries, medical centres and marae, offering to provide these places with free information, resources and posters to be displayed.

The purpose of the material is to raise awareness of sexuality and gender diversity in rural communities, to provide accessible, factual and affirming guidance on sexuality and gender diversity, and to direct locals to explore the video testimonials from other queer and trans* rural people via the “I’m Local” YouTube campaign.

Toni Duder, Communications Manager at RainbowYOUTH and coordinator of the “I’m Local” project, says that the project came about after reflecting on her own experiences growing up as a lesbian in the small Northland town of Dargaville.

“I remember I had no clue what my feelings were or how to deal with them until I went to boarding school in Auckland. My mum and I often reflect that I probably wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t of gone to Auckland. It’s tough for someone growing up different in small, rural communities.”

The “I’m Local” project celebrated its official launch during Youth Week on the 21st May (supported by Ara Taiohi) at Kamo High School in Whangarei, with resources being set out to other participating organisations around the same time.

“It’s really exciting for this to be actually happening,” says Toni. “Because of limited funding, we’ll be trailing it in Northland to see how it goes and hopefully with more support and granting of funds, we’ll be able to extend the project throughout the rest of the country.”

For more information about the “I’m Local” project, you can visit www.imlocal.co.nz.

ENDS.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news