Rhiannon Bond

I go by she/her and they/them pronouns. I currently work at the Department of Conservation, but I plan on taking on full time study later in the year to complete my Masters. I am a member of the newly formed Rainbow Network at DOC.

A bit about my background - I did not accept myself until I got to university and joined the LGBTQIA+ club named ‘UniQ.’ The LGBTQIA+ support groups I have been part gave me a supportive environment in which I felt loved and accepted for the first time in my life. I have a mission in life to give back to the LGBTQIA+ community. For the past three years, I have done that through regional involvement as the chairperson of Hamilton Pride Incorporated. I enjoy organising community events. I love seeing people open up and enjoying themselves. Enabling people to be their truest selves and allowing them to experience acceptance and love is fantastic and fulfilling.

The reason that I can exist openly as a queer person in our workplace today is that people pushed the boundaries, educated and advocated for me in the past. My intention is to ensure I do the same for others. I am passionate about advocating for the rights of gender minorities  – we have a long way to go for gender diverse, Takatāpu and Trans people in the work place. I am incredibly excited about being involved with Out@PSA as it is a much larger platform for influencing positive change.

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Community Social Worker for Middlemore Hospital

Catrin.susser@middlemore.co.nz

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