An LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex*, Queer*, or Questioning) Hawke’s Bay Youth Group, meeting in person every second Wed 3.30-5pm.

BeUnique is a youth group where young people (between the ages of 12-22) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex*, Queer*, or questioning can meet to support, listen, inform, socialise, and just be themselves in a fun, friendly, safe and confidential environment.

What we mean when we say…

Trans*– Is an umbrella term for gender-diverse people, for e.g. anyone who identifies as; transsexual, fa’afafine, transgender, tangata ira tane, whakawahine, transmen, transwomen, akava’ine, leiti, FtM (Female to Male), MtF (Male to Female), genderqueer and gender-neutral people.

Intersex*– Sometimes referred to as Third Gender, is a general term used for a variety of differences in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit traditional societal or medical definitions of male or female. We recognise that Intersex is more common than people think!

Queer*– Is a reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender difference. We use it to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa’afafine, and takataapui identities, as well as everyone questioning, in between and not sure. Although this word is used by many people, particularly young people, it is also appreciated that it is not the preferred term for everybody.