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Support networks for transgender children, youth & their whānau/families

Your child and your family are not alone. There's a lot of support. These groups and organisations can connect you to other families and help you and your child.


Qtopia provides regular support groups and social events for LGBTQIA+ (rainbow) young people from their central city location at Bizdojo, 4 Ash St, Christchurch Central.

It has a youth group for ages 13 to 18 and a diversity group called Phoenix for ages 18 to 30. It also has a support group for whānau/families with LGBTQIA+ children under 16.

Qtopia also provides diversity and inclusion workshops and community outreach to schools.


Kindred is a Christchurch organisation providing support and social connection for young trans people and their families.

To contact Kindred, email

Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children in Aotearoa NZ

Parents and guardians can get in touch with other local families through this group. It's confidential and moderated by experienced parents.

To contact the group, email You can also make contact via this Facebook page.

Written by Ko Awatea gender-affirming care co-design group. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2019.


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