About the Book

We are collecting and curating empowering, positive stories of your journey to conception, parenthood, pregnancy, birth and everything in between. The rainbow community deserves and needs more representation of the dedication and journey it takes to having a family. It is our intention to publish these positive stories in a book alongside photos of LGBTTQIA+ whānau. You can be totally anonymous or bombard us with gorgeous photos, however you wish.

As koha for your submission, you will receive a voucher for a photoshoot* of your whānau, free of charge, with no obligation to submit your photos to us.

As always, there is not enough representation of queer and rainbow whānau in the world. We are valid. We are enough. We deserve a fancy coffee table book that showcases positive whānau in the LGBTTQIA+ community.

What format doees my story need to be in?


You can send your story to us in any format you like: write it down, video it, have an interview with one of us (via zoom, or in person), send us a work of art. However you choose to share your story is welcomed, encouraged and valid.




Do I have to send in a consent form?


Yes. Your story cannot be shared, unless you sign a consent form.




How do I submit my story?


Please email it to arlene@empwr.nz or lou@empwr.nz




Am I entitled to any payment from submitting my story?


No, please make sure you read all of the terms laid out in the consent form. But those in New Zealand will be gifted a professional photoshoot with local photographer Becki Moss as koha and thanks for the time and emotional energy required to share your story.





Questions? Want more information?

Please email us!