The Big Qs - Joining The Rainbow Community

  • Location: Rainbow Hub Waikato - Level 1/36 Bryce Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton
  • Start Date: Thursday 16th Feb, 2023.
  • End Date: Thursday 6th Apr, 2023.
  • Time: 6.00 - 9.00.
  • 7 Weeks.
  • 3 hours per week.
  • Course Fee: $0.00.


Are you new to the Rainbow community?  

Are you an adult (18+), just starting to question your gender or sexuality?  

Have you been wondering how to connect with other people who are also on this journey?  

This course is for you!  

As a group we will talk through all the big questions you have – you will learn about terminology and the history of our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  We will talk through the fears and joys of coming out and how to negotiate this with family and friends.  We discuss relationships in the Rainbow world - dating, dancing and dynamics.  You will be invited to think and learn about takataapui-tanga, and you will meet a group of people who are all on the same journey, with very different perspectives.

 About your Facilitators 

This course is co-facilitated by Bex Fraser, Caya Divakalala and Tim Bennett for Hohou te Rongo Kahukura.

Bex is a non-binary bisexual pākehā person who has been a part of Waikato Rainbow community since they were 27 – that’s more than 15 years now! :)  They live in rural Waikato with their partner Sandra, and they have a trans son in Wellington.  They work as a facilitator and strategic development consultant, most recently with Hohou te Rongo Kahukura, Rainbow Hub Waikato, Red Cross and Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust.   

Cayathri is a queer person of colour from the mountains, waters, lands and flora and fauna of Lanka (popularly known as Sri Lanka). Caya first identified as queer in the early 2000s and has done lots of social justice and queer activism, as well as facilitating groups for people understanding and exploring their identities. In Kirikirioa, Caya works with a couple of collectives and research initiatives. She is the co-founder of Adhikaar Aotearoa, a charitable Trust that aims to diversify the realm of queerness and sex, gender and sexual diversity through support, education and advocacy for queer people of colour in Aotearoa. Caya brings an eclectic approach to creating and exploring spaces that work for you!

Tim is a gay cis-man who has been involved in the Rainbow community since the early 2000s. He has volunteered in various advocacy and support roles over the years. Most recently, Tim was on the board of Body Positive supporting the HIV+ community. Tim works in education and loves spending time in the natural world.

Hohou te Rongo Kahukura is a rainbow and takataapui organisaton dedicated to creating safe communities for us to flourish in.  You can find lots of resources about healthy relationships and safety on our website.

This course is supported by the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) to assist with literacy and numeracy needs of students. You must attend 80% of the class. At the same time we hope you will learn other useful and interesting skills and have a lot of fun learning with us.