Peer-support Groups

RainbowYOUTH run peer support groups for queer and gender diverse youth across Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty. Our groups are a safe space for queer and gender diverse young people to connect with others while relaxing in a friendly, supportive and inclusive environment. Each of our groups are youth-led and hosted by trained facilitators.

What to Expect

What’s it like there?

Totally chill! Usually our groups start off with an ice breaker and then break off into conversations or activities. It’s completely up to you how you want to spend your time at the group, some people prefer to chill out with a cuppa and others prefer to do an activity, and that’s ok!

All of our groups are run by our trained facilitators, so if you have any questions or need a bit of support, they’re the best folks to talk to. If you ever feel uncomfortable or have any concerns at a group, let the facilitator know and they’ll do their best to settle the situation.

First time visiting?

Coming to a RainbowYOUTH group for the first time can be pretty nerve racking and building the courage to come along can sometimes take a wee while. All of our groups strive to be welcoming environments and chances are you won’t be the only new person to the space, and we’ve all been there! Our facilitators will recognise any new faces to the group and will keep you under their wing.

Who can come?

Most of our groups are open to queer and gender diverse youth between 13 and 27, but some of them are identity or age specific. Check their details below or on Facebook, to double check. Our groups aren't just for “out” queer and gender diverse youth too - if you're unsure about your identity, this is just as much your space as it is ours!

Getting here

We run groups all across Aotearoa, so there’s not really one way of getting there. Posting a question to the Facebook group can be a helpful way of figuring out public transport options! If you are struggling to find a way to get to group, let our facilitators know as they might be able to recommend something for you.

Safety

A huge and valid concern for visiting a group is your safety, and that’s our top priority! Our groups are one of a few safe-spaces for queer and gender diverse young people in Aotearoa. That’s why we’ve put in a few measures to keep everyone safe:

Access & Inclusion

We strive to make RainbowYOUTH an inclusive place for absolutely everyone!


Our Groups

Please check out the calendar below to see what time the group you want to attend is on.

Auckland
Generation Queer (GQ)

Generation Queer (GQ) is for anyone under 18 years, who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+)

GQ meets fortnightly on Fridays, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Auckland Drop-in Centre (end of Abbey Street, Auckland Central)

Star*

Star* is a social support group open to gender diverse and currently questioning youth, 27 years and under

Star* meets fortnightly on Sundays, 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Auckland Drop-in Centre (end of Abbey Street, Auckland Central)

Star* has a secret Facebook group so that non-members cannot see who is in it. If you want to join the Facebook group, please contact info@ry.org.nz

I.D.

I.D. is for anyone between the ages of 18 - 27 who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+)

ID meets fortnightly on Sundays, 5.30pm - 7pm at the Auckland Drop-in Centre (end of Abbey Street, Auckland Central)

QWest

QWest is for anyone between the ages of 13 – 27 who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+)

QWest meets fortnightly on Fridays, 6pm – 8pm at Community Waitakere, 8 Ratanui Street, Henderson

OUTeast

OUTeast is RainbowYOUTH's peer-support group based in East Auckland for anyone from 13 - 27 years old, who identifies as queer, gender diverse or LGBTIQ+. 

OUTeast meets Fortnightly on Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:30.

OUTeast has a secret Facebook group so that non-members cannot see who is in it. If you want to join the Facebook group, please contact info@ry.org.nz

Queer4Shore

Queer4Shore is for anyone between the ages of 13 – 27 who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+)

Q4S meets fortnightly on Fridays, 6 - 8pm at PHAB, 8 Auburn Street, Takapuna, Auckland.

SouthPride (currently on hold)

SouthPride is RainbowYOUTH's peer-support group based in the Papakura area for anyone from 13 - 27 years old, who identifies as queer, gender diverse or LGBTIQ+. 

SouthPride has a secret Facebook group so that non-members cannot see who is in it. If you want to join the Facebook group, please contact info@ry.org.nz, or you can follow them on Instagram!

SouthPride meets fortnightly on a Friday, 6-8pm at 85 O'Shannessey St, Papakura (The Corner)

Asian Peer-Support Group

RY Asian Peer-Support Group is RainbowYOUTH's peer-support group based in Auckland for anyone under 27 years old, who identifies as Asian, and queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+).

This group has a secret Facebook group so that non-members cannot see who is in it. If you want to join the Facebook group, please contact info@ry.org.nz.

The group meets fortnightly on a Saturday, 2:30-4:30pm.

ArtistRY

ArtistRY is RainbowYOUTH's peer-support group for anyone under 27 years old, who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+), that wants to create art of all types, to share passion, enthusiasm, skills and ideas in all creative artistic fields in a safe and supportive environment.

The group meets fortnightly on a Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00pm. 

Northland
Rainbow Northland

Note: This group is temporarily not running.

Bay of Plenty
TaurangaPryde

TaurangaPryde is a peer-support group based in Tauranga for anyone under 18 years old, who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+).

We meet Wednesdays, 5pm-7pm at the Tauranga Drop-in Centre (Complex 1, 17th Avenue, Historic Village, Tauranga).

GSA Kawerau

Note: This group is temporarily not running. Gender, Sexuality & Allies (GSA) is a peer-support group based in Kawerau for people under the age of 27 years, who identify as gender and/or sexuality diverse, as well as allies and young people who are navigating their identity

We meet Thursdays, 4-6pm, Wednesdays at 371 River Road Kawerau

Rainbow Vegas

Note: This group is temporarily not running. Rainbow Vegas is a peer-support group based in Rotorua for anyone under 27 years old, who identifies as queer or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+)

We meet fortnightly on Thursdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm at Rotovegas Youth Health (6 Te Ngae Road, Victoria, Rotorua 3010)

UniDiversity

UniDiversity is a peer-support group based in Waihi open to any people in the Rainbow Community from Waihi as well as their friends, and they are a social group who with the help of the centre provide snacks and are about meeting new people and connecting Rainbow people in the town of Waihi. 

We meet on Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:300pm at Waihi Resource Centre.

We have a secret Facebook group as well. If you'd like to join it, please email us: info@ry.org.nz

Taranaki
Rural Rainbow

Rural Rainbow is for anyone aged 13 – 27 based in (or visiting!) New Plymouth. Rural Rainbow is open to all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, takatapui, fa’afafine or otherwise non-straight/non-cis identifying youth.

We meet fortnightly on Thursdays, 3.30pm – 5pm at YMCA Youth Hub, 99 Liardet Street, New Plymouth

Over The Rainbow

Over The Rainbow is for anyone aged 13 - 27 and is based in Stratford. Over The Rainbow is open to all gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, takatapui, fa’afafine or otherwise non-straight/non-cis identifying youth. 

It's a fun, supportive and inclusive environment for you to meet new people, play some Board games, ask questions, get advice, enjoy snacks, and generally just chill.

We meet Fortnightly (Every two weeks) on Saturdays, 11am-5pm at Youthworks (across the road of the straford District Council and winz)


Starting Your Own Group

Wanting to start a new group at RainbowYOUTH or looking for facilitator training? Send your queries through to info@ry.org.nz

Helpful resources:

Starting and Strengthening Rainbow Diversity Groups
A helpful guide for those starting new groups and facilitators refreshing their skills


RainbowYOUTH Groups and Events Calendar