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Curious - Don't fit in. Stand out!

What is Curious

Curious is a national queer youth development initiative between the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Rainbow Youth. The aim of Curious is to provide a resource for young people to share feelings and experiences about sexuality and gender identity to enhance connectedness and to promote diversity in their communities.

A 2003 study of over 100 high schools conducted by the University of Otago found only 5% of students and 7% of staff believed gay, lesbian or bisexual students would feel safe at their schools. This finding was backed by a damning ERO review of sexuality education in secondary schools in 2007 which found that only 20% of schools gave students the opportunity to explore issues such as homophobia, acceptance, and diversity.

Text Curious

Curious TXT is a mobile phone service that give students the information they need to feel comfortable about their emerging sexuality or gender identity, particularly students who are coming to terms with the realisation they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, takaatapui or transgender.

Send the word 'curious', then a space followed by any question in the body of a text message to the number 3535. Texts cost 20 cents.

You can also receive regular updates from Curious TXT by texting 'join_curious' to 3535.

OUTLine NZ responds to the messages received within 48 hours. OUTLine NZ also offer an 0800 support line service with trained staff. Call 0800 OUTLINE (0800 688 5463).

Curious website

Curious website was launch in February 2010 at the Nelson Q-Youth Hui - Link Together. The website aims to be the hub for Queer Youth throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Curious is part of a joint intitative between New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Rainbow Youth - For youth, by youth.

Find out more

Curious is an initiative by OUT THERE!, supported by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Rainbow Youth.

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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