Docedge movie: Nelly & Nadine
On Christmas Eve, 1944 the Belgian prisoner and opera singer Nelly Mousset-Vos had been asked to sing Christmas carols in one of the French populated Ravensbrück concentration camp barracks. After a couple of songs, Nadine Hwang of mixed Chinese heritage requests a song from Madame Butterfly. After Nelly sings an aria about waiting on a loved one, Nadine emerges from the darkness and kisses Nelly – at this moment Nelly and Nadine become a couple. After the war, they reunite and start building a life together. For many years their relationship was kept a secret, even from their closest family.
This documentary is screening in the 2022 Docedge film festival:
- Saturday 26 June 2pm at the Civic Theatre Auckland
- Sunday 3 July 2.45pm at the Embassy Theatre Wellington
- online Sunday 26 June to Sunday 10 July
Go to its Docedge webpage to book your tickets.
Pride Pride Pride
Winter Pride Festival
August 26th - Sept. 4th, Queenstown
A huge variety of events both on and off the mountain - something for everyone with shows and cultural events as well as events for the snow bunnies ... more on winterpride.co.nz/.
Wellington Pride Festival 2022
Wellington Pride Festival has has postponed the 2022 Festival until September due to the ongoing community outbreak of COVID-19 in Aotearoa ... more on wellingtonpridefestival.com.
Sapphic Lake - on demand
A new comic queer ballet based on the Ancient Greek myth of Iphis and Ianthe.
Sapphic Lake was about to open in Wellington last year when the country went into lockdown. But $$ were raised and a performance was filmed - and it is now available to view on demand from BATS website
It's the Nonbinary Lesbian Ballet of the (12th) Century (BCE)
Gender isn't real - but love is.
When ancient Greek enby cutie Iphis finds themself in love with the babe next door Ianthe, a family secret threatens their cottagecore romance.
Luckily the Goddexxes are on their side.
Museum of lesbian culture, a lesbian museum for New Zealand ...
like their facebook page to keep up to date with their events and special exhibitions
Charlotte Museum June newsletter
- Rainbow Women's social night - last Wednesday of the month at the Auckland Women's Centre
- lesbian.co.nz - a directory and more
- aLBa (formerly Auckland Lesbian Business Association) on facebook
- EquAsian - an LGBTQI+ group for Asian Aucklanders on facebook
- Bushrangers Basketball NZ - an official LGBTIQA+ basketball club entered into women’s basketball comps (on facebook}
- Birds of a Feather lesbian coffee group in Whangarei - facebook group
- Waikato Queer Women (beyond the binary) on facebook - private group - ask to join.
- Rainbow Warriors Softball Hamilton on facebook
- Bay of Plenty dykes on facebook
- Sapphic Table - Meetup group for Tauranga/Bay women who enjoy good, food and conversation in the company of other lesbian/takatāpui women
- Deco Divas - Hawke's Bay
- Whanganui's own 'Flock of Lesbians' - Regular meetings for coffee, activities, support, ideas sharing, and a laugh email: firstname.lastname@example.org and join in the loop. Lesbians visiting Whanganui welcome to email and we'll meet for coffee.
- Ms Q Manawatu meets the first Friday of every month for drinks.
Are you interested in being involved in the womens LBGT community? For more information and confidential support they offer a 24 hour phone line 022 451 6617 or email email@example.com
- Wellington Lesbian website - calender of activities and links to other local websites
- LILAC - the lesbian library in Wellington
- Armstrong & Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians - a Wellington region charitable trust
- Christchurch lesbians - information on the Women's Centre website
- Beso Queenstown - a monthly LGBT party - on facebook
Kiwi media online
FLUNK: The Exchange - Lesbian High School romance web series
Sabina and Esther's relationship is pushed to breaking point when international exchange student Annie comes to stay. The Exchange is a new feature film from the creators of Flunk. Buy or rent on Vimeo to support Flunk and see the whole film first, as well as get access to lots of exclusive behind the scenes videos.
Filmed in Auckland – FLUNK: The Exchange follows the complicated love lives of Annie (Mirene Castelltort) Sabina (Lucy Wyma – ‘Shortland Street’) and Esther (Celine Dam – ‘The Eggplant’) exploring themes including first loves, believing in yourself, and moving on from the past.
Movie Same but Different
The movie Same but Different is now available to rent or buy at www.sbdmovie.com ... And watch the extra scenes after the credits with the real people who inspired the characters.
Produced by RAW Productions, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story follows Rachel, a single working Grey Lynn mum, who breaks a three-year spell of singledom to pursue her escalating feelings for Nikki, whom she meets at a Maori film festival. Things don’t go according to plan, with Rachel’s awkward first romantic attempts fumbling into a sequence of embarrassing events, and her ex-lover, Rob, turning up. With all hope gone, it’s Rachel’s humanitarian efforts that eventually grab Nikki’s attention, and the two finally connect. Based on Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa's and producer Rachel Aneta Wills’ journey in pursuit of true love.
In the Rainbow
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.
Pot Luck webseries Season two
He Kākano 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/.
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.
So no one told you life was gonna be this GAY - interview with Lil O'Brien
An interview with Lil O'Brien, author of Not that I'd kiss a girl, an account of her experience growing up lesbian in New Zealand. The interview is a long read but excellent - as is the book which is available at LILAC library in Wellington and all good public libraries and book shops.
PrideNZ audio archive
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.
The On This Day page has a rich mix of rainbow life - from today to events that happened over 100 years ago.
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.
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
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 (0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE)) and online chat support service for the rainbow community.
- I'm Local is a project to support queer and gender diverse youth all over Aotearoa. Their website is 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
- NZ Human Rights Commission LGBTQ+ resources
Travel and outdoor holidays
Lesbian News Aotearoa
Alas and Woe ...
Lesbian News Aotearoa has ceaseded publication as their group was 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 ... but their facebook page is worth following esp for Auckland notices
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.