This weekend wraps up a huge week of festivities in Ōtautahi celebrating our rainbow community. Whakahī Ōtautahi Christchurch Pride Week 2023 gets bigger and spreads its wings further into the community each and every year.
As part of the celebrations last weekend, two of our kaimahi – Carlos Thompson, Pouwhirinaki mō Waitaha, and Kata McLean-Nutira, Kaikōkiri Hauora – attended their first community outreach event promoting the rangatahi sexual health campaign #sexkōrero at the Pride Picnic Outing 2023 in Rangiora, North Canterbury.
We know Māori and Pasifika, our Tangata Whaikaha, Takatāpui, wāhine, and rural whānau are under-represented in health statistics. With historic frustration in the health sector over the difficulties faced in trying to find solutions to bridge that gap, this was a great opportunity for us to listen and engage with our rainbow whānau, celebrate them, and make the topic a little easier to engage in and talk about.
#sexkōrero is a campaign for rangatahi, led by rangatahi, with the voice of rangatahi at the centre. Our vision is to ensure young people have an accurate understanding and knowledge of what to look out for, be aware of, or where to go when sexual health and wellbeing is concerned. We are not promoting sex, rather offering that safe space to kōrero, sharing on-point information, and steering rangatahi towards agencies that are mana enhancing, uphold confidentiality, respect, and manaakitanga, while normalising kōrero surrounding sex and sexual health in a positive way.
We have recently welcomed a rangatahi-led communications team on board to refresh the #sexkōrero Instagram page, so watch this space and share the word about #sexkōrero with the rangatahi in your lives.