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Workshops in the classroom

Running workshops at your school

Your workshops can have an educational focus, but the key to the success of a support group in a school is making it fun, meaningful and uplifting.

Have music in the background. Have shared lunches. Invite guest speakers, such as influential queer members of the community, singers/song writers, drag queens, Rainbow Youth Board members, ex-students who are out.

Get help from Rainbow Youth

Rainbow Youth can facilitate workshops or supply information if needed but you should also draw on the skills, knowledge and experience of the people in your group.

Contact Rainbow Youth

Workshop Ideas

Get as many people as you can involved in choosing which workshops to run; make sure people in the group are getting to discuss the topics they're interested in. Some possible topics:

  • Being queer throughout history
  • Managing your coming out
  • Building self esteem
  • Understanding gender identity
  • How to be a drag king/queen!
  • Being safe online
  • What a healthy relationship looks like.

Example session: 'Coming out'

Put out a school notice

For example:

Diversity Group meeting today, Wednesday 2nd September, Room 14.

Topic:"When I grow up I want to be me" - Coming out stories.

Bring your lunch; everyone interested in having a genuine discussion welcome.

The educational focus

To explain why people come out.

  • Where does the term come from?
  • Who do people come out to?
  • How can you come out safely?
  • How do you know when it's not appropriate/safe to come out?
  • How can maintain your privacy?

Beginning the session:

Set the tone of the session by sharing your own story.

Ask:

  • When did they first start to think about their sexuality?
  • How did they feel? Who did they tell?
  • What is hard about coming out?
  • What makes it easier to be who they are?

During the session

Always be inclusive (for example, straight friends can talk about the first time they felt attracted to the opposite sex) but the focus should be on supporting and affirming and validating queer students.

Try to ensure students get equal amounts of time to talk.

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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