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.
Transgender Day of Remembrance - Thursday 20 November 20147 pm, St Mathew in the City
187 Federal Street
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. TDOR helps raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people - sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." (Transgender Day of Remembrance founder, Gwendolyn Ann Smith)
Queers in Tertiary Hui - 9 February 2015
AUT is hosting this annual hui, which brings together Rainbow people working and studying in the tertiary sector.
The theme for 2015 is “Working Together: Understanding Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Unity”.
Student and staff speakers from within AUT will present. This is a great opportunity to network.
Contact Scott Pilkington for registration information.
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 email@example.com
Māori support for takataapui studentsVisit the Māori student support service
Pasifika support for fa’afafine studentsVisit the Pasifika Student Support Service
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
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 resourcesExpress 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
WebsitesGABA (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.
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