#OutLoud is a project inspired by #wearebeneficiaries,
in response to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and
Toni Duder from Rainbow Youth and Sam Orchard from We Are
Beneficiaries are working together to share the stories and wishes
of the queer, gender diverse, intersex, takatāpui, MVPFAFF or
rainbow communities* around Aotearoa's mental health and addiction
Our communities have limited statistics about our health outcomes
as we are often left out of statistical collection. Of the limited
statistics we do have, we can say that our young people are much
more likely to experience significant depressive symptoms and
#OutLoud aims to share our voices with the inquiry, with
the hope that the future of our mental health system addresses and
uplifts the wellbeing of rainbow communities.
The artworks will be compiled online in a visual portfolio, and
combined into a booklet which will be printed and presented to
mainstream mental health organisations and the mental health
inquiry panel to assist the ongoing work they are doing that
includes the LGBTIQ community.
We have been fortunate enough to receive funding from Creative New
Zealand to co-ordinate this project, to pay artists to draw up 60
stories, and to print the visual portfolio.
However, we have received so many submissions that we need more
funding to continue sharing these stories, and paying artists to
bring these stories to life.
For every $50 we raise we'll be able to share one extra story,
and pay a local community artist. We also need to raise a 10% fee
for boosted, so every dollar donated counts. If you can't donate,
please share our video, or contribute your story to our
Thank you so much to all the people who've helped
support this project, contributed their experiences, and shared the
stories across the internet. Your support means so
*This phrase is used to cover a range of identities that fall
widely under the Rainbow umbrella, we recognise that these words
might not be the most preferred terms for everyone.
**Youth '12 Survey: http://www.arataiohi.org.nz/images/uploads/general/Y12_Same_or_both_sex_attracted_commerical_print.pdf