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Affirming Diversity Workshop – Massey Uni: 8 August 2013

Presenter: Kestin Stewart, Rainbow Youth

  • Date:Thursday 8 August 2013
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Venue: Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Albany Village, Auckland

This workshop aims to create non-judgemental, matter-of-fact atmosphere where anyone can ask any question without fear of reprisal.

Through this workshop you will learn more about the diversity of human sexuality and gender, as well as the terminology people use and the various interpretations.

Tackle such topics as stereotypes and discrimination that LGBTI people often face, how to best support your client if these are factors that are affecting their wellbeing and discerning when sexuality and/or gender is not necessarily a factor at all.


Key Content











Introductions, ice breakers, resource packsGuest Speakers: Trans and Queer representatives sharing their ‘coming out’ story.


Sexual Orientation: Continuum diagram, Sexual triangle, and Terminology
Gender Identity: Sex V Gender diagram, Gender Expression,  and Terminology


Coming Out: What it involves, How to respond

Homophobia and Transphobia: What it looks like, How to identify it, How to create change.


Application to work environment / Practice scenarios

Wrap up: Closing round, evaluations, final comments

The course works from a pedagogy of critical thinking and deconstruction.   It also utilises the tools of personal narrative plus the micro/macro combination approach to positive social change, which includes a focus on personal awareness to achieve best practice.

About the Presenter

My name’s Kestin Stewart and I’m the Education Coordinator and Consultant for Rainbow Youth.

I’ve been involved with the organisation for a long time, around 5 years or so now, volunteering as a group facilitator and then joining the executive board as Secretary from 2009-2011. 

A large proportion of my volunteer time at Rainbow Youth was as a shared story representative, where I would give my coming out story, primarily in high schools and answer any questions students might have.

I am very passionate about the education we do here at Rainbow Youth and I think it’s some of our most important work. Our Affirming Diversity workshop tackles such topics as sexual orientation, homophobia, the coming out process and gender identity. I’ve often found that even if someone isn’t personally affected by these issues, they usually know, or are related to someone who it does. The knowledge they gain from the workshop helps them better understand and support those around them, helping create more positive environments.


$250 for professionals

$230 early bird (by 15 July)

$125 for students

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided and included in the fee.   Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop.

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.

How to Register

Please complete the Affirming Diversity Workshop Registration Form and return it to :

Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, NorthShore Mail Centre, Auckland,

Fax : 09 443 9732

Email : H.McMaster@massey.ac.nz

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