New trust to promote LGBTQ pride, visibility

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Promoting pride and making Dunedin safer for lesbian, gay, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people is the aim of a trust launched on Tuesday night.
The Q2 Trust evolved out of the 2014 Dunedin Diversity Strategy, OUSA queer support co-ordinator Hahna Briggs said.
The strategy, written by representatives of several Dunedin organisations, including former OUSA queer support coordinator Neill Ballantyne, aimed to provide sexuality and gender diversity courses for schools and businesses and ensure better healthcare, visibility, safety and community for LGBTQ people, Ms Briggs said.
While the trust would initially focus on organising events, such as Pride Week, there were plans for a diversity charter, she said.
The trust would have three layers — a six-member board, which would meet monthly, a committee of five to 15 which would gather about four times a year, and volunteers to help with events, Ms Briggs said.
She hoped the larger group of committee members and a broad volunteer base would attract a ‘‘very diverse bunch of people’’.
The diversity charter, which was still in the idea stage, would be pitched to businesses and organisations as ‘‘kind of like an audit’’ where they could look at how their diversity support was functioning and what they needed to improve. – If anyone is interested in being part of the Q2 Trust, email Hahna Briggs onhahna@ousa.org.nz or phone 479-5445.