Inclusive Environments

It’s environment month here at DPSN, and because this week it’s Bisexual Awareness week it’s got me thinking about how we create inclusive environments. I’ve been working in rainbow spaces for over a decade now, and my partner works to educate mental health practitioners on rainbow issues. Needless to say we talk about this stuff a lot. Maybe too much.

There’s so much to be said about inclusive environments – how do we create space for rainbow people in a world that operates on the assumption that we’re straight and cis until we say we’re not? AND, how do we make sure that our rainbow spaces are inclusive of all people – that we’re not perpetuating racism, ableism, misogyny, or even policing people’s sexualities and genders?

There are some amazing resources out there educating wider communities about including rainbow people. For schools, check out Inside Out’s resource: Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Students, and Rainbow Youth’s Inside Out educational resource (same name, different resources!).

Rainbow Youth also has a rural youth focused resource hub called I’m Local (which features some of my comics!)

Gender Minorities is a treasure trove of resources and information for supporting trans people in New Zealand. It’s across cultural, transgender led organisation in New Zealand, which operates on a kaupapa Maori public health framework. They recently released transgender diversity posters to encourage inclusion, particularly of trans women and indigenous genders.

Just like wider society, rainbow organisations also have to ensure that they are inclusive to all rainbow people. Many people  of colour and people who have access needs, have talked about feeling excluded from rainbow community spaces because they are white-centric or inaccessible.

Once again, Gender Minorities is a great resource for rainbow communities to engage with trans people and kaupapa Maori frameworks.

Last year Inside Out released a series of videos called ‘More Than Four’ exploring the identities and experiences of and beyond ‘LGBT’ identities.

The All of Us project is a resource that highlights minority identities within rainbow communities and the need to create more inclusive spaces.

Takatā is a hub for indigenous rainbow people in New Zealand, and their families. You can also find more information about supporting takatāpui at the mental health foundation’s ‘Part of the Whānau’resource

ITANZ provides resources and training around intersex issues.

What resources would you recommend to making sure all spaces are rainbow inclusive, and that all rainbow spaces are inclusive to all community members?

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