Claire Black – General Manager
Claire is excited to lead the organisation through the changes and challenges ahead. Her passion for understanding other people’s experiences of the world led to her training in anthropology, and she has produced a Master’s thesis on how rainbow young people in New Zealand use digital technologies.
Claire has also worked on a number of other projects around youth and rainbow mental health, and earlier this year she coordinated RainbowYOUTH’s 30th Birthday Gala.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching quiz shows with flatmates, reading, and befriending neighbourhood cats
Leilani Thompson-Rikys – Peer Support Coordinator
Leilani is the new Peer Support Coordinator at OUTLine and will develop OUTLine’s peer support services for Aotearoa’s rainbow communities, and for gender diverse whānau in particular.
Leilani is a Fijian/Tongan/ Pakeha queer and non-binary person with lived experience of disability and recovery with PTSD. They have been working as a Disability and Diversity Consultant and worked previously as Disability Rights Advisor at the Human Rights Commission. They live in GI, in Auckland with their partner and two teenage sons. Leilani also enjoys writing, creating art and drinking coffee.