Rainbow discussions, events and research which influence our work locally

As with all social initiatives, the idea of making a public commitment to a set of explicit values is going to be contentious to some. Exactly how we choose to promote these ideas, grow the reach of the Pride Pledge and communicate and grow LGBTTQ+ visibility will also have its fair share of ups and downs.

By its very nature, the "Rainbow" community is diverse. So we can expect that there will be easy agreement on some issues, and others will cause their fair share of debate and discussion.

For this reason, we will try and use this page as a place to share current research and key events which are informing some of our work.

Roll out the Rainbow - get your pride on this August / September

Join us this Winter Pride and Roll Out The Rainbow with your store, venue, bar, cafe, office, classroom - or whatever. It's all about getting Queenstown to shine during the biggest Winter Pride festival this year and celebrating PRIDE however you want to!

Take photos and share them by tagging us on facebook Winter Pride NZ or #winterpridenz on instagram and be in the draw to win a number of Winter Pride prize packs. Our judging panel will be lead my MR GAY World - Jordan Bruno.

So, get your rainbows ready and shine from 20 August through till 10th of September 2018 with Roll Out The Rainbow. Have fun and lets show the world how PROUD Queenstown is like never before!

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Pride in the Park

Pride Pledge is a key partner bringing the first ever FREE Public Pride in the Park event in Queenstown. Proudly supported by foundation sponsor Ray White and ASB Bank with additional support from Queenstown Lakes District Council in conjunction the Pride Pledge. This event was spectacular and we are really proud to havee been involved.

WE need to give a big thank yo to our volunteers at Queenstown Resort College fo rall their help and work during the day, as well as our volunteers from ASB Bank, The Queenstwon Lakes District Council , amongst the many others. None of this woudl have been able to happen without everyone chipping in ang giving their support.

The day went from 12 noon till 8pm for an amazing pride filled afternoon through till evening at Earnslaw Park down on the Queenstown waterfront. And the weather was spectacular.

Our talent line up was incredible and will we hope to build on this for 2019. We had drag shows, live singers, comedy, DJs, dance troops, Doggy Drag, and everything in between. We will also be joined by Mayor Jim Boult and the Minsiter for Social Development , the Honourable Carmel Sepuloni.

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Growing visibility by supporting Winter Pride

One of the most obvious ways that we are supporting the growth of visibility is by working alongside Winter Pride and the Winter Pride Partners.

However, Winter Pride only lasts for one week of every year, and our values are more enduring than that. They are present every day of the year, everywhere we are.

Although pride festivals are important and are a key aspect of growing inclusion and tolerance in our community, there are a lot of other ways that we can work towards achieving improved visibility. The Pride Pledge initiative, community workshops and workplace training are a few other we have been giving serious consideration to.

We encourage all the organisations and people we work with to take the Pledge. We are not an acrediting organisation, so we don't audit and check who is "living up to" the values. We see that as a shared responsibility with our community so, as members of the public, please have conversations and dialogue with others in the community about how we can all, respectfully and with dignity and kindess, become a more inclusive and safe place.

Find out more about Winter Pride
What does research tell us about members of the rainbow community feeling safe and included

What does research tell us about members of the rainbow community feeling safe and included

This year Vodafone and Out Now conducted an extensive piece of research looking at how rainbow workers felt in the workplace.

Findings from the research included:

  • 1 in 5 (21%) said that being out or open at work is the ‘hardest thing they’ve done’
  • Three quarters (76%) of LGBT+ employees have hidden their sexual orientation or gender identity at work at least once.
  • Only 29% of LGBT+ women aged 18-35 are out at work today compared with 44% of men, for fear of discrimination.
  • 83% said that clear and visible signs from managers that they take LGBT+ inclusion seriously are important in helping them to feel comfortable to be out or open at work.
  • 83% would prefer to work for an employer that has visible LGBT+ leaders, and LGBT+ friends, allies and supporters.
    (Read a summary of the research.)

There is also extensive research which some very alarming mental health issues faced by the rainbow community. To read more about some of these recognised issues read: the 2017 "Suicide prevention and the rainbow population" draft strategy. This NZ Herald Article also makes for informative reading.

Vodafone and Out Now Research

Community-based workshops

We have also started to role out community-based workshops, focused on improving understanding of issues around gender and sexuality.

Currently, we offer LGBTTQ+ workshops to two key audiences: existing Winter Pride Partners and the broader business community. We hope to expand these workshops to help our workplaces and community to become more aware and tolerant of issues around gender and sexuality by assisting people to build awareness and understanding. If you are interested in our workplace consulting, advisory or workshops, please contact Martin ( for further information.

Our last Rainbow Inclusive Workplace Workshops were during Winter Pride: Thursday 6 September @ 10:30 am, delivered by Rainbow Tick's Michael Stevens.

We update, through our mailing list and facebook page, on upcoming training and volunteer opportunities.

Next Pride Pledge Worksops: Wednesday 12 December, 9:30am to 12 midday, venue TBC (downtown Queenstown)

Register for Wednesday 12 December Pride Pledge Workshop

Rainbow visibility and issues in the media

There are always multiple perspectives on this in the media - and here are a few stories which may help inform how we think about some of these debates and discussions. This list of stories will build over time.

Remember to take the pledge

And if you are interested in helping out, joining in the discussion or participating in some training, register your interest online and we will contact you.