q-topia is a social support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takataapui, fa’afafine and all queer* youth (or youth who are questioning their sexual identity) in the Canterbury region aged 14 - 25.
A voluntary group of youth facilitators aged 18-30 organise weekly and fortnightly events including coffee, DVD's, games, events, workshops and many other exciting activities. Facilitators are governed by a code of ethics and are supported by a board who have established q-topia as an incorporated society. q-topia are also members of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective.
We provide a safe, friendly and interesting space for queer youth to meet others, be themselves, explore diverse issues and be supported in having pride in who they are.
q-topia is a 'queer' play on the word 'utopia'. Utopia is an imaginary place where everything is perfect...well, that's what we're aiming for!
*QUEER is a reclaimed word that we use as an umbrella term to describe our rainbow family identities that includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Takatapui, Fa'afafine, Fakaleiti, Pansexual, Asexual and Gender Queer.
Phone: (021) 175-3631