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.
AUT's involvement in the Pride Festival
Big Gay Out, 8 February 2015
AUT will have the big tent again at Big Gay Out where we will be showcasing a mini art gallery of inspirational statements and people on our Inspiration Wall. You’re welcome to come along and make up your own social commitment ‘selfie’ and share with your friends or just hang out and help out the group with greeting our visitors. Come and say hello to us, we would love to see you!
If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day
Email Jo-Anne Lewis
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
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.
Wednesday 25 February 2015
WG801, City Campus
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Māori support for takatapui 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