Past Webinar

Supporting Rainbow People in Aotearoa

How a Rainbow community collaboration is changing mental health practice in Aotearoa

Gloria Fraser, Tabby Besley, Pooja Subramanian,

Supporting Rainbow People in Aotearoa is a Rainbow resource for mental health professionals created through collaboration between InsideOUT, RainbowYOUTH, Gender Minorities Aotearoa, Youth Wellbeing Study and Gloria Fraser, a researcher at Victoria University of Wellington.

Watch our webinar to hear more about why and how this resource was developed and how it is being used to shift professional mental health practice in Aotearoa.


  • Supporting Rainbow People in Aotearoa – A Rainbow resource for mental health professionals
  • Takatā – For Māori who identify with diverse sexes, genders and sexualities
  • RainbowYouth – Works with queer, gender diverse, takatāpui & intersex youth, their friends, whānau and wider communities in order to ensure that New Zealand is a place where all young people can thrive.  Heaps of great resources and useful links.
  • InsideOUT – Has a vision for all rainbow young people in Aotearoa New Zealand to have a sense of safety and belonging in their schools and communities. Provides resources and professional training on rainbow inclusion in schools, workplaces, businesses, government agencies and community organisations.
  • Gender Minorities Aotearoa – offers information, advocacy, and wrap around support for transgender people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Runs a national database of trans-friendly healthcare providers.
  • Prism – New report by the NZ Human Rights Commission – Explores six human rights issues relating to people with a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • PATHA – Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa – interdisciplinary professional organisation working to promote the health, wellbeing and rights of transgender people.
  • Tranzform – Support group and Resources for youth (30 and under) who identify as transgender, fa’afafine, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, intersex, two-spirits, genderqueer, non-gendered, questioning and their allies. 
  • Rainbow Rights in Aotearoa – Accessible information about the legal rights of rainbow young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
  • Te Ngākau Kahukura – Works to improve the environments around rainbow young people to make sure they are affirming, welcoming and non-discriminatory.
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education – A revised Ministry of Education resource which helps to promote student well-being by supporting teaching programmes that increase students’ ability to make well-informed and confident choices about relationships and their own health and safety, and become positive in their own identities. Takes into account shifting societal norms relating to sexuality and gender diversity.

About the Presenters

Gloria Fraser

Gloria Fraser has whakapapa to Kāi Tahu and Kāti Māmoe. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington and is currently working as an intern psychologist for the Hutt Valley District Health Board. She is particularly interested in the intersection of sex-sexuality-gender diversity and clinical psychology. Her doctoral research focussed on rainbow experiences of mental health support in Aotearoa. Gloria has previously worked as a research coordinator for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS), and in voluntary roles for feminist and mental health organisations. She was also a recipient of a Community research award for new and emerging researchers in October 2019.

Tabby Besley

Tabby Besley is the founder and Managing Director of InsideOUT. She has been volunteering and working in rainbow communities since she was 15 when she led her high-school queer straight alliance, and is passionate about every young person feeling safe at school, as is their human right. In 2015 Tabby’s work was recognised internationally, as she became the first and only New Zealander to receive a Queen’s Young Leader Award. Since then she has received a number of accolades for her work with InsideOUT, most recently seeing her become a 2020 finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year.

Pooja Subramanian

Pooja Subramanian is the Communications & Engagement Manager at RainbowYOUTH. She was born in India, raised in Oman, and has worked in the family violence sector prior to joining the RainbowYOUTH team. Pooja is particularly interested in ways in which we can improve the health and wellbeing of queer, gender diverse & intersex young people in Aotearoa by educating the communities that support them.

This Webinar was held

11am NZ Time
11 Sep
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