The Topp Twins: An exhibition for New Zealand
27 March to 22 September at the National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
Iconic Kiwi musicians and entertainers, the Topp Twins, celebrate more than 40 years in the business with an exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Wellington. The exhibition was developed by Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North and is now touring the country ... more info on the National Library website
... and oh what a couple of Dames they are - well deserved
Jadwiga, a young Lesbian playwright and comedian living in Wellington, is seeking women who
are interested taking part in a documentary project to preserve and present stories of the Lesbian Summer
Camps from the 80s. The goal of the project is primarily to preserve history; this will be done
by audio recordings of open ended interview style questions with participants. These recordings
are to be made with three different purposes:
- to serve as the script for a documentary theatre production;
- select interviews to form a podcast to be shared online;
- to be archived for the sake of Lesbian and Women's history.
All reuse would be with the agreement of each interviewee. Interviews would be conducted in either the participant's home or, where possible, in a recording room in Wellington. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this project.
#OutLoud is a project inspired by #wearebeneficiaries, in response to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
Toni Duder from Rainbow Youth and Sam Orchard from We Are Beneficiaries are working together to share the stories and wishes of the LGBTIAQ/Rainbow communities around Aotearoa's mental health and addiction services by using art.
We can all contribute to the project in a number of ways:
- Make a submission via the #OutLoud submission form
- Donate to the project: for every $50 raised they will be able to pay a koha (donation) to a local artist to bring one of the submissions to life via art; donate through Boosted (and their video is super cute)
- Sharing the project or fundraiser: You can find them on facebook, Instagram or twitter as well as the Boosted page.
Armstrong & Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians
The Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians was established in 2001 by the late Bea Arthur for the benefit of lesbian community groups in the Wellington region. The Trust is named to recognise and remember the 57 year relationship of Bea and her partner the late Bette Armstrong. The Trustees invite applications for funding assistance, as grants, for projects and activities that will benefit all or part of the lesbian communities in the Wellington region. Visit the Trust website www.armstrong-arthur-trust.nz for information about how to apply for grants, and how to donate or make bequests to the Trust.
Leonie's email list
This is a service for distributing your notices to the lesbian community. To join
the list, email email@example.com
Please include contact details for several referees from the local lesbian community
with your request. Leonie will get in touch with the referees as it is important
to keep the list safe.
If you were once on the email list but have not received any messages for a long while you may need to rejoin.
Once you are on the list, you can send email notices to the same address for distribution. Any notice that will help or inform us as lesbians is sent out.
- When sending in a notice please include any relevant contact info in the content of the message or at the end - your email address in your message's header will be stripped out before the notice is distributed.
- Political notices, attachments and images are not sent out.
- And please keep your message simple - strip out earlier email messages to save Leonie having to do it!
Coming out or new to Wellington
If you are coming out as a lesbian or are a lesbian who has recently moved to the Wellington region and you would like to find out more information about the gay community please email Monique Rei at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is happy to email back and forth or meet in a cafe and also let you know when social events are on and meet you there to introduce to others.
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.
- Outerspaces is a charitable trust which operates as the parent organisation for four LGBTIQ+ youth groups, based in Wellington - School's Out, Tranzform, Naming New Zealand and Wellington Binder Exchange.
- InsideOUT is a 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 i nformation into rural areas. I'm Local has a give a little page 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.
Lesbian Radio Programme
The weekly Lesbian Radio Programme is broadcast on Sundays, 10 - 11 am, on Wellington Access Radio 106.1 FM. Check our Lesbian Radio webpage for more information and links to listen to or download recent programmes.