This research collects the views of the rainbow community of Christchurch, with the intent to better understand the strengths of the community, increase visibility and education and therefore reduce discrimination and enhance self-esteem. The researchers spoke with 26 people in focus groups and heard from 263 people in an online survey – all a mix of genders, ages and ethnicities. Initial findings were reflected back to the community at an engagement event with about 60 people, with opportunity for clarifying input.
- In general, progress has been made in safety and inclusion—but 74% of survey respondents had experienced negative or offensive comments in public over the last three years.
- Respondents reported a decrease in homophobia—however, many commented that transphobia is a key issue.
- There was a clear sense that kinship and connection are vital to wellbeing— but 44% felt they didn’t have enough connection to the rainbow community.