Tatiana Daniels

Tatiana.daniels@justice.govt.nz

Kia ora!

My name is Tatiana, and I identify as an AFAB non-binary queer Māori. I use they/them and she/her pronouns interchangeably.

I have previously had the pleasure of being both a workplace delegate and the Auckland convenor for the PSAY network. Now I am looking forward to working with Out@PSA as a committee member amongst many wonderful queer humans.

Outside of the workplace I like to keep engaged with the local queer community through attending events and meetings.  Occasionally when my spoons allow it I assist in organisation, and have recently been in a play that was part of the Auckland Pride Month at the Basement Theatre!

I have been relatively privileged in that my journey through sexuality and gender identity has been largely accepted by those whom I am close to and my colleagues in the workplace, although I know all too well the personal struggles of feeling unseen due to being in a relationship which appears cis-hetero, or uncomfortable in your own skin. My goal has therefore always been to do my best to uplift the visibility of queer folk within the workplace and in society general - particularly for those where their identity does not fit "neatly" into the general understanding of LGBTQIA+ - through clear education (and by being that person who works pronouns or "by the way I'm really gay!" into most conversations).

As for myself personally; I am currently engaged to my lovely partner and we live in Central Auckland. I'm a huge nerd and love chatting history, film, comic books, and literally anything that people get passionate about because it brings me such joy to see faces light up when they talk about the things they love! I keep active through MMA and regular swims at the beach. I am an incredibly social human and enjoy spending time around others, but also paradoxically I am a homebody and am happiest curled up on my couch in a blanket with company or not!

I'd love to hear from you, so please reach out! I can't wait to see what adventures we get to go on as a committee and a network together.

Ngā mihi,
Tatiana Daniels

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