‚ÄúThe first version of this resource, created between InsideOUT and RY in 2011 was really well received by QSA‚Äôs around Aotearoa. We‚Äôre excited to be involved in updating the resource for 2016, and helping to empower our rangatahi in their schools,‚ÄĚ says Toni Duder, Communications & Operations Manager for RainbowYOUTH.
Connor Mcleod, Schools Coordinator at InsideOUT says the aim is ‚Äúto make Aotearoa a safer place for all rainbow minority youth, and we definitely think students play a big role in realising this dream.
He says that schools have an obligation to provide a safe place for all of their students, however what causes issues is that many are unsure about how to provide this to students in often homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic environments. Without the support from schools Mcleod says many students face challenges leading their groups.
‚ÄúIn our experiences, and from talking to students currently in high school, some of the most positive and effective changes come from young leaders who have this really valuable insider knowledge about the culture of their school.
"We know that the Schools Network will be a valuable form of support for these students, and we hope that through our newsletter showcasing groups throughout the country, schools continue to realise the valuable place of these groups and their leaders."