There is a large and active LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community in New Zealand. While there is still some discrimination, New Zealand is one of the safest places in the world to be out. It is illegal to discriminate against a person on the basis of sexuality, gender or HIV status in New Zealand under Human Rights Act 1993.

If you are LGBTIQ and living in New Zealand, or are questioning your sexuality or gender, there a number of organisations that might be able to provide support. A few of the more well known community organisations are listed below. There are many more websites, meetups and events that you can find if you search online.


Outline provides telephone support and face to face counselling for gender identity and sexual orientation issues. Free and confidential anywhere in New Zealand.

Phone 09 688 5463

Rainbow Youth (RY)

RY is charity that supports queer & gender diverse youth in Aotearoa, New Zealand. They can help you with support at school, work, accessing health services and peer support.

Phone 09 376 4155

Burnett Foundation Aotearoa

Burnett Foundation Aotearoa (formerly the New Zealand AIDS Foundation) is an organisation focussed on the prevention of HIV and providing support for people living with HIV. Burnett Foundation provides free HIV testing, and counselling for people who may be at risk of HIV. Burnett Foundation also runs the Big Gay Out, and provides lots of volunteering opportunities.

Phone 0800 802 437