Hui to help kickstart Queer Straight Alliances
By GayNZ.com Daily News staff
13th June 2012 - 11:42 am
Students from all over New Zealand
who want to start Queer Straight Alliances at their schools will converge on
Wellington for a hui next month, where they will be equipped with everything
they need to start a group.
will be held from July 7th-10th at Tapu te Ranga Marae in Wellington and all
high school students are welcome.
Besley says after then-boss of Nelson’s Q-Youth Seb Stewart and Olympian Blake
Skjellerup went on a national high school diversity tour last year spreading
the word, there was a lot of excitement around starting up Queer Straight
now moved to Melbourne and Besley, a former Q-Youth staffer, is keeping the
secured some funding for a hui from the Ministry of Youth Development. “I
thought it would be a really good project to start things off and get young
people involved, a good starting place to begin building resources,” she says.
believes having straight members in a queer support group is really valuable,
as they set an example to the rest of the school and society. “We’re working
towards a place where everyone is accepted and we can model that in our schools
Besley is urging
all students with an interest to come along and not be afraid. “These hui can
be amazing and life changing experiences for young people and I’m really
excited to be able to offer that opportunity. Hopefully [the participants] will
come away with lots of new connections and information about how to run a QSA
in their school.”
costs $100 per person, which includes accommodation at the marae for four days
(three nights), food, drink and activities.
don't want financial issues to stop anyone from coming to the hui and so we
have a limited amount of spaces for people needing financial assistance at just
$25,” Besley says.
committed to ensuring everyone can come to the hui so please don't hesitate to
discuss your needs with us and we will do our best to help you with fundraising
ideas, sponsorship and cheap travel deals.”
is not a high school student but is interested in volunteering at the hui can
contact the team through firstname.lastname@example.org,
as can anyone who wishes to make a donation to help with running costs or help
with the travel costs of young people from across the country can contact.
for the hui you can click here, while you can also check out a preview video
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