TEU Rainbow Te Kahukura is a network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, takatāpui, fa’afafine, transgender and intersex members of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union. This web page is a resource for LGBTI members and anyone else who want to make our workplaces and communities places where everyone respects and celebrates diversity.Join TEU Rainbow Te Kahukura on Facebook
Over the past few decades, a number of legal reforms have helped change attitudes and understanding towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living in Aotearoa New Zealand. LGBTI people now enjoy the same rights and protections as any other citizen. However, the changes in attitude are by no means universal, and many LGBTI people still experience homo/transphobia ranging from abusive or derogatory language to outright discrimination.
Unions have played an important role in combatting prejudice, seeking equality and pushing for legal reforms. Many unions in this country have looked at their own organisations to make sure our own structures promote equity and acknowledge diversity. We still have work to do, and unions and their members are well placed to help with this. TEU members have an especially important role as staff working in tertiary education – by challenging prejudice in our workplaces, we can influence students and colleagues and ultimately help defeat it in our wider society.
Biennial national meeting for the Rainbow Te Kahukura network
On Friday 26 June TEU Rainbow Te Kahukura members spent a busy and productive day at Otago Polytechnic, enjoying the hospitality provided by the local TEU branch and local Ngai Tahu. We discussed a range of workplace issues that can affect LGBTIQ workers and enjoyed spending time together planning our work for the next 12 months or so.
- Check out the CTU’s OUT at Work website http://outatwork.org.nz which provides resources to support workplaces and union members to become more inclusive places and people.
- The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Out@Work network
- The Human Rights Commission resources on for Gender Identity and Employment Issues
- The Department of Labour’s Transgender People At Work fact sheets
- Out at Work United Kingdom
- Britain’s UCU has resources for LGBT members
- Australia’s NTEU has an organisation called QUTE – Queer Unionists in Tertiary Education
- MBIE provides the first standard in the world for rainbow-inclusive workplaces