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the advisory group

Our research is guided by an advisory group, who provides advice on our project design, execution, and analysis.  The group is comprised of experts in rainbow young people, parenting transgender children, Māori/takatāpui experiences, Pacific experiences and Asian experiences. It includes transgender subject matter experts and community advocates with lived experience.


Seuta‘afili Dr. Patrick Thomsen

Patrick is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and PI of the Manalagi Project on the wellbeing of Pacific rainbow

communities .


Dr. Kyle Tan

Kyle is a Research Fellow on the Working to End Racial Oppression (WERO) project. He advocates for equitable access to social determinants of health for Asian rainbow people. 


Jack Byrne

Jack works as a human rights researcher, focusing on trans health and legal gender recognition. He is the Senior Research Officer and Co-investigator for Counting Ourselves, based at the Trans Health Research Lab at the University of Waikato. 

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 Gender Minorities Aotearoa

Gender Minorities Aotearoa is a nationwide transgender organisation. It is run by and for transgender people; including binary and non-binary, intersex, and irawhiti takatāpui. GMA supports transgender people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, and provide one-to-one peer support and information nationwide.


Dr. Nelly Martin-Anatias

Nelly is a Lecturer for Academic English at Massey University College, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ). Her research interests include but are not limited to language, identity, gender, language ideology, code-switching in both film scripts and literary fiction, textual and interpretive analysis, and autoethnography. She is currently working on the language barrier in fertility treatment access for Asian and Muslim communities in Aotearoa NZ. 

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Rebekah Anna

Rebekah (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Unu, she/her) holds a Master's degree in Psychology on whānau support of rangatahi takatāpui. She has professional experience in Māori sexual and reproductive health research and promotion, specialising in takatāpui wellbeing.


Te Ngākau Kahukura

Te Ngākau Kahukura is a trans and rainbow-led national initiative that works to make communities, environments and systems safer and more inclusive for rainbow people. We work collaboratively with professionals, organisations and wider systems that support people across Aotearoa, including health, housing, social, education and justice.


Tabby Besley

Tabby is Managing Director of InsideOUT Kōaro, a national organisation for rainbow young people in Aotearoa, and a counsellor specialising in working with trans youth.


Alex Ker

Alex Ker is a Pākehā trans PhD candidate at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. He has worked on various trans health research projects and developed community resources with InsideOUT Kōaro for schools and whānau supporting rainbow youth. Alex’s work is driven by his personal experiences growing up as a trans young person.



NZPOTC (New Zealand Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children) provides support to parents and guardians of transgender children in Aotearoa.

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