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In The Media

Media enquiries

For information about Rainbow Youth contact:

Tom Hamilton
Executive Director
Phone (09) 376 4155
Fax (09) 368 5596
Email info@rainbowyouth.org.nz

Media releases

6th August 2009: 20 Years Today – 20th Celebrations at Rainbow Youth

Rainbow Youth would like to invite everyone to our celebration for Rainbow Youths’ 20th Anniversary.

Media release (PDF 147KB)

21st July 2009: Rainbow Youth History Project

Rainbow Youth is turning 20 this year and as part of our celebrations we’d like to collect as many stories, photographs and memorabilia of Rainbow Youths’ history as we can. From the early days of ALGY (Auckland Lesbian and Gay Youth) through until today we want to collect our history or herstory together.

Media release (PDF 86KB)

22 April 2009: Tamati Coffey and Samantha Hitchcock Win ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Last night Rainbow Youth with the support of GABA, The Langham Hotel, Staging Connections, GayNZ.com, Kola, Beaver Brown, Steven Oates, Caluzzi and Urge gathered to watch the final of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2009.

Fans of Tamati and Samantha and other GLBTTQFI community members watched and were stuck to the edge of their seats till the final few minutes, when Tamati and Samantha were announced to be the winners of the competition for 2009.

Rainbow Youth Board, members and staff were ecstatic at the announcement.

Media release (PDF 401KB)

16 April 2009: ‘Friends of Rainbow Youth’ – Fundraising Initiative

Over the past year, Rainbow Youth’s Executive Board has worked extensively to establish sustainable funding streams to enable the organisation to continue beyond their existing twenty year history.

Part of this sustainable funding plan includes inviting members of the community to become Friends of Rainbow Youth.

Media release (PDF 303KB)

12 April 2009: Rainbow Youth want your stories of growing up queer!

Rainbow Youth are looking for stories written by young people about their experience of growing up queer to be included in a new awareness campaign due to launch in the second half of 2009. We are hoping to have a series of billboards in the Auckland area highlighting that homophobia and transphobia are forms of bullying that is all too common in New Zealand secondary schools

Media release (PDF 273KB)

20 February 2009: Rainbow Youth: Charity of choice for Coffey and Hitchcock on Dancing with the Stars

Rainbow Youth will be dancing with the stars this year, having been chosen by Tamati Coffey and Samantha Hitchcock as their charity for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars on TV ONE, beginning Tuesday 3 March at 8.30pm.

Media release (PDF 52KB)

12 February 2009: New Executive Director to Lead Rainbow Youth

The Rainbow Youth Executive Board is excited to be welcoming Thomas Hamilton as Rainbow Youth’s new Executive Director. Thomas started on Monday 9 February and will lead Rainbow Youth into the future.

Media release (PDF 55KB)

30 August 2008: Same-sex ball-goers given an alternative as schools put up barriers

What would you do if you couldn’t take your partner to your school ball? How would you feel? Discriminated against, excluded, belittled?

Media release (PDF 52KB)

What we mean when we say queer

A reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender diversity. We use it to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa'afafine, and takataapui identities, as well as everyone in between and not sure. This word is used by many people, but it is also appreciated that it is not the preferred term for everybody.

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