Out on the Shelves is an online resource that lists books with rainbow themes and characters, with the aim of supporting rainbow young people to find stories that represent their identities in positive and affirming ways.
Out on the Shelves is also an opportunity to create more visibility in our school and community libraries! Our campaign week is a chance for libraries to promote and build their rainbow collections, celebrate these stories and help connect rainbow young people with their stories and with each other.
Out on the Shelves is run by InsideOUT, a national charity with the vision for all young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics in Aotearoa New Zealand to have a sense of belonging and safety in their schools and communities. We are responsible for running Shift Hui, the Day of Silence and providing resources and support to schools on anything rainbow related!
Erin Fae, an artist and activist, is coordinating the Out on the Shelves campaign in 2019 and last year, Emmett, our Schools Coordinator Intern, was the lead on the campaign, supported by our National Coordinator Tabby and some fabulous volunteers: Josh Naus for design and Neo for help creating our book lists! Thanks to Alfred Van de Wiel for filming and editing our promotion video.
Thanks to the Ministry of Youth Development for funding this project.
We are here to support young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, asexual, aromantic, takatāpui, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, fa’afafine, mahu, vakasalewalewa, palopa, akava’ine, fakaleiti, fiafifine and fakafifine identities as well as everyone in between, not sure or who prefers a different label or even none at all! We use the words ‘rainbow’, ‘LGBTQIA+’ and ‘minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics’ to refer to people that might identify in these ways.