HELP! I can’t find the Q-Youth space!
Our address is 121 Trafalgar Street, but the entrance to the building is actually on New Street, opposite #1 Shoes. There’s a rainbow flag in the window next to the door. Walk up 2 flights of stairs, go through the door, and turn right – that’s us!
What age range are the people who come to group?
The majority are secondary school students, although everyone up to 27 is welcome. Older group attendees tend to double as volunteers.
What do you do at group?
We have discussions about LGBT+ youth life and culture, make art, watch movies, play boardgames, and eat! There are plenty of opportunities to learn – be it a guest speaker or support to attend local and national events – and to volunteer in many different capacities – which looks great on your CV 😉 At the moment (second half of 2017) our Wednesday groups are spent creating our own drama performance with help from Jess from Nelson Youth Theatre, which we will hopefully put on at the end of the year!
Do you have to be LGBT+ to come to Q-Youth?
Q-Youth is a queer straight alliance – everyone who agrees to the safe spaces policy is welcome.
My child is LGBT+ and I need help understanding/supporting them.
First of all, congratulations – your child trusts you enough to share this aspect of their identity with you, and that’s awesome.
We’re about to start our parents and family members group in the vein of PFLAG. The first meeting is on Tuesday August 15 at 6.30pm, directly after our youth group.
You can also contact us to answer any questions you have or organise a time to meet: email email@example.com
In the meantime, here are some resources you could check out:
Queer 101 – a comic guide to LGBT+ identities
Takatāpui: Part of the Whanau – a resource for whanau of LGBT+ Māori
Making Sense – information for parents, families + friends of LGBT+ young people
Common Ground: Identity – info on supporting LGBT+ young people by the Ministry of Health
Trans 101: Gender Identity Crash Course