Frequently asked questions
Here you will find some questions and answers we have thought might help you with Pride Week.
Yes, anyone can join in!
You can take part as an individual, a small group or a whole school! If you’re taking part individually, make sure to connect with us and others through social media!
Themes are a starting point! Feel free to mix them up or interpret the themes however you like!
Yes! You can take part in many different ways, as a whole school, a smaller group, or even individually.
No, if your QSA wants to work together to do a small personalised Pride week, go for it!
We will postpone the week to ensure all schools get the opportunity, and we’re making sure to include ways for people to participate even if they can’t physically be at school during Pride Week.
We think there’s a difference between arrogant pride (being up yourself, thinking you’re better than others), and self-esteem pride (feeling great about who you are, and not feeling ashamed). Rainbow people often get messages that make us feel stink about ourselves, pride is about countering that and feeling good and healthy.
From a Christian perspective, the Bible is against arrogant pride (when pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2). However, it is supportive of healthy self-esteem based on who we are, not on what others think of us (Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. Galatians 6:4). Also, remember it’s not so much about individual pride, but rather feeling good about community as a whole. The Bible also teaches that God loves and values everyone. Sometimes people that are from marginalised communities have to pause and remember this and remember that we are valuable too. For rainbow people, we often do this through pride festivals.
That being said, if you want to use the language ‘rainbow celebration’ instead, go for it!
Awesome! We want all schools to feel comfy joining in! Firstly we recommend you do a mix of ‘special character’ / faith-based events, and not faith-based ones, so that both people of faith, and people with trauma around faith can be included.
Some specific ideas are:
-Host a pride and faith panel of LGBT+ people of faith
-Do a prayer tree or notice board where people can hang notes about their hopes for the rainbow community
-Have a speaker come to your Chapel service
-Ask your chaplain or RE teacher to talk about LGBT+ affirming theology
(if you need help with hook-ups of rainbow affirming people of faith email firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is by no means forced upon anybody. If you do not wish to be a part of Pride Week then simply do not participate. Though we do hope you’ll want to join in in some of the great activities.
No, anybody can join in Pride Week, no matter who you are, you are welcome to join in your school’s Pride Week activities. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and show support for rainbow staff and students in your school.
Yes, you may do some activities at home or with your friends.
-Pride Week Kahoot
-Learn about Rainbow History
-Contact your local organisation and support them
-Dress up your door in your room
-Wear some Rainbow on Pride Day, even if it is discreet
-Read through the History posters and learn about some local rainbow people who have made history
-Plus plenty more!
By continuing to think about the experiences of rainbow people and taking into account your own actions and understandings. Keep affirming rainbow identities in your personal life and stand up for people when they are experiencing bullying or distress. If your school has a queer straight alliance (QSA) or rainbow diversity group, you could join this group, or if your school doesn’t have one this could be a great time to start one!
Rainbow is an umbrella term that we use to describe people of diverse genders, sexualities, and sex characteristics. It is an alternative to the acronym LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual + more).
We hope that by celebrating and affirming rainbow identities through our Pride Week campaign we can help reduce the experiences of bullying and distress for our rainbow rangatahi by helping them to feel included and valued in their schools. Unfortunately rainbow students in NZ schools experience really high rates of bullying and discrimination, so events like Pride Week are important to help spread awareness, education and celebrate diversity.