LGBTI students: services and resources


At AUT University, you can be open about your sexuality. We offer services and resources for students who identify with diverse sexual orientations, sex and gender identities.

People to talk to at AUT

AUT has an LGBTI co-ordinator to provide you with information and support. You can contact the co-ordinator by telephone 921 9999 ext 6998

Out@AUT Group is now also on the North Shore - Contact the Co-ordinator for more information.

pride 15AUT's involvement in the Pride Festival

Pride Parade - 21 February 2015
For the first time AUT will have a float  in the Pride Parade. Our entry, Diversiform, celebrates the coming out and coming of age of the university and its commitment to Tamaki-Makau-Rau/Auckland, the Rainbow Community composing it and the recent Rainbow Tick accreditation.

Working with this year’s parade theme – “Gods and Monsters” – the ‘float’ is designed around transformative love God – love of knowledge, love of place, love of people.

Diversiform features love song lyrics, folding banners, walkers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, fields of words, light and sound and the hydrangea, symbolising heartfelt emotions which gives the inspiration to the lilac, pink and blue hues surrounding it.

Designed, built and crewed by AUT staff and students, Diversiform is supported by drag lush Elibra Fleur and drag icon artists Buffy & Bimbo

Students, staff, friends, families; everyone is very welcome to join in!

If you would like to volunteer to help build the float or participate on the day
Email Jo-Anne Lewis

Semester 1 2015 - Orientation and Welcome Back Lunch

Are you a new or returning LGBTI, Takatapui or Fa'afafine student? Out@Aut invites you to have lunch on us! Come and meet the Out@Aut group and find out what is happening for 2015.

Date Wednesday 25 February 2015
Time 12.15-1.30pm
Location WG801, City Campus

Register at with your student ID and name

Out@AUT Student Network

We are a university social group for LGBTI students and friends. Our aim is to help, support, and provide a friendly and accepting environment to all our members. We have annual events, weekly drop-ins and an active student club.

Visit us on Facebook

Out@AUT Staff Network

AUT has an active Staff Network and provides activities and events to promote and celebrate LGBTI identity. More information can be found on the University’s intranet or you can email

Māori support for takatapui students

Visit the Māori student support service

Pasifika support for fa’afafine students

Visit the Pasifika Student Support Service

International students

In New Zealand you are allowed to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. You have legal rights here. The Human Rights Act 1993 specifically outlaws discrimination in public life on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Medical staff - Safe sex and sexual health

If you choose to be sexually active, it is very important that you take steps to protect your health and that of your partner/s from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. The team at the Health, Counselling and Wellbeing Centre are happy to provide you with free condoms and talk with you openly and frankly about your sexual health, without judgment.

Learn more about health and medical services

Harassment prevention contacts

Bullying and harassment are not acceptable at AUT for any reason. If you feel harassed, don’t keep it to yourself - there are people here to support you. You can talk with harassment prevention staff in person or online, or you can see a Student Advisor, or the LGBTI Co-ordinator for support and information. Find out what each service offers.

Harassment prevention and support

Student advisors


Counselling is a process of privately talking through anything that concerns you. A counsellor will listen to you sensitively, without judgement, and will try and see things from your point of view. AUT’s Health, Counselling and Wellbeing service has counsellors who identify as gay and lesbian and are well informed about LGBTI issues. They can relate to and understand the issues surrounding coming out to family and friends, and life as an LGBTI student.

Read more about counselling services

Other resources

Express magazine
Express is a tabloid style magazine for the gay and lesbian community, published every fortnight. It is distributed free on magazine stands around campus.

Visit the Express website


GABA (Gay Auckland Business Association)

Welcomes students, offers members networking and social events.  GABA also works for the community by raising funds for The GABA Charitable Trust which are then distributed as Grants, Scholarships and Awards.

GABA Website

Rainbow Youth
An Auckland-based organisation for LGBTI youth

Free phone and email counselling for LGBTI people
A news and events website for the LGBTI community

New Zealand AIDS Foundation
Information on safe sex and HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on LGBTI people

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Last updated: 10-Feb-2015 2.59pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.