Lesbian New Zealand

NZ International Film Festival 2019.

NZ International Film Festival 2018 for lesbians

New Zealand International Film Festival is coming and will move through the country from late July to September. The full programmes for each centre are available online at the Festival website. Our Film Festival webpage has information movies made by and about women including a lesbian film.

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What did you do for fun?

Participants are currently being sought for a new online survey that asks people who were living as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer women for some or all of the 1980s in Aotearoa New Zealand to reflect on their social lives and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer women’s culture they participated in during that decade. The research is being conducted by Dr Nadia Gush as part of a larger project exploring the social life of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer women during the 1980s. Questions relate to the things you did for fun, the people you felt comfortable hanging out with, and the way lesbians, bisexuals, gay and queer women dressed in that most fashionable of decades. Go to the survey website for more information and the online questionaire.

Urzila Carlson - Token African.

Urzila Carlson Token African tour

Featuring all new material and poking fun at her birth country, Urzila laughs that Africans have become the new must have accessory! See her in:

. Thu 29 Aug - Blenheim
. Sat 31 Aug - Invercargill
. Mon  2 Sep - Dunedin

More information and tickets at eventfinda.

Winter Pride '19.

Winter Pride '19

30 August - 8 Sept @amp; Queenstown

Queenstown turns into Winter Pride heaven for this week! There are many incredible paid events as well as many free events - see the schedule and latest news. Follow on facebook.

In the Rainbow - TV series.

In the Rainbow

There’s a brand new series on TVNZ OnDemand ...
In the Rainbow tells the colourful coming of age stories of LGBTQ+ youth in New Zealand. Based on true stories, each episode brings a colour of the rainbow to life. Follow a dramatic and emotional incident in the life of one of the young residents of Te Aho Bay, as they navigate their lives and figure out how to stand out when you can’t fit in. More info on intherainbow.co. Listen to Rose McMahon (series creator) and Holly McMahon (writer) talk about the series on PrideNZ.com.

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Elsewhere:

Social media places

A selection of the facebook groups that may be of interest - login may be required

Kiwi media online

Pot Luck webseries.

Pot Luck webseries Season two

Pot Luck webseries Season two launched on 10th December 2017! More on their facebook page. Stream it via the Pot Luck website or Play.Stuff.

He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between

Film: He K*#257;kano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between.

A short film about a courageous takatāpui activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.
New Zealand's Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori?
This short documentary uses English and te reo Māori to tell an intensely personal story of a courageous wahine fighting to be heard. View it at loadingdocs.net/he-kakano-ahau/.

Film: Tits on a Bull.

NZ Lesbian-themed short film Tits on a Bull available to view for free online

The NZ lesbian-themed short film Tits on a Bull has been released to view for free online. It was shown during the 2015 NZ International Film Festival, and has been screened at a number of prestigious LGBTQ festivals internationally including: Framline40, The Iris Prize, Inside Out, Outfest, as well as the Side by Side LGBT film festival in Leningrad, Russia.

PrideNZ audio archive

Listen to voices of Aotearoa New Zealand's rainbow communities.

PrideNZ.com is a community website exploring the voices and opinions of Aotearoa New Zealand's rainbow communities through over 600 audio recordings of interviews and of local LGBTI events. Plus there are transcripts, images and video available - some historically important such as Parliamentay debates. More recordings are added regularly.

Check out the awesome historical timeline of GLBTTIQ events and people in New Zealand. Sample it by decade or settle in to read the big page with the full list.

Takatāpui resources

Takatāpui resources.

Two booklets by Elizabeth Kerekere are available online and to download at takatāpui.nz, a resource hub for Takatāpui and their whānau

Support Kiwi groups supporting LGBTIQ youth

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Let's support the groups and organisations that support the youth in our communities - they are always short of $$$ for their valuable work. Most are registered charities and have Donate pages on their websites.

  • InsideOUT is a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of diverse genders and sexualities to live and be in.
  • Im Local - a project of Rainbow Youth that helps queer and gender diverse youth all over the country to feel valued, recognised and supported in their local communities. They focus on getting information into smaller centres and rural areas. I'm Local has a give a little we can support.
  • Rainbow Youth - Auckland based group that initiates and supports projects nationwide including InsideOUT and Im Local.
  • OUTLineNZ provides a free confidential telephone help line from Auckland for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Takataapui (GLBTT) - 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE). For all ages and an important service. They have a givealittle page.
  • Naming New Zealand is an organisation to help transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender.
  • TRANZform is a support group for youth who identify as transgender, fa'afafine, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, intersex, two-spirits, genderqueer, non-gendered, questioning and their allies.

Helplines and support

  • OUTline provides a free confidential telephone help line from Auckland for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender & Takataapui (GLBTT) - 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE). Counselling by skype available by arrangement.
  • I'm Local is a project to support queer and gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa. Their website is chock-a-block full of info about the a-z of being queer & gender diverse, plus a region-by-region map of all the queer and gender diverse support groups for young people.
  • Rainbow Youth - an Auckland based organisation that provides support, information and advocacy and education for queer young people and their families. They have released an accessible educational resource which can be viewed online or downloaded.
  • Miscellaneous - resources about rainbow mental health.
  • Intersex Youth Aotearoa - a place to share information, find support and network.
  • Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura - Outing Violence - dedicated to building Rainbow communities in Aotearoa New Zealand free of partner and sexual violence.
  • Voicing Pride - a storytelling platform that gives a voice to the unheard members of LGBTQ+ communities across all New Zealand secondary schools
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity FAQs - NZ Human Rights Commission
Lesbian News Aotearoa.

Lesbian News Aotearoa

Alas and Woe ...

Lesbian News Aotearoa has suspended publication as their current group is too small. The historical archive of articles is still on the website but the Social, Support and Dyke Diary pages are no more. Very sad

Quality care for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents in aged care facilities

A kit created by the School of Nursing at The University of Auckland in collaboration with a working group drawn from the aged care sector and the Auckland LGB community is available at dropbox. It a short video, training workbooks for facilitators and participants, and guidelines on caring for LGB residents.

Planning a trip to New Zealand or just a holiday

Women Travel New Zealand - essential information for the woman traveller visiting New Zealand.