Lesbian Wellington

See the big pages of What's on for lesbians and for the broader Rainbow communities in Wellington for information about what's on. Plus the links page for many more groups.

Pride - the movie.

Film Pride

Pride tells the incredibly true story of a Welsh mining community struggling to make ends meet during the 1984 mineworkers strike, when hope arrives with the unlikeliest of allies – a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money for the miners. Opening on 16 October at Penthouse, Brooklyn and Light House Cinemas Cuba, Petone and Pauatahanui.

Reaching for the Moon.

Book launch: Perfectly Natural

LAGANZ is hosting the launch of Perfectly Natural : the audacious story of Iris Florence Peter Williams by Julie Glamuzina

  • on Wednesday 29 October, 6-8pm
  • at the National Library, cnr Molesworth and Aitken Streets.

Julie Glamuzina is a lesbian feminist researcher and writer on social histories about lesbian and gay lives and the exploration of gender and sexuality. Her new publication is the story of Iris Florence Williams who was born in the Hokianga and later lived in Auckland as Peter Williams. She passed as a man, married several women, and claimed to be 'of the lesbian kind'.

Friends of LAGANZ and non-members welcome - please RSVP to mailto:events@laganz.org.nz by 5pm, Tuesday 28 October.

The Grand Ole Topp’ry.

The Grand Ole Topp’ry

Lynda and Jools Topp are back on the road in October 2014 with a brand new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country music. The Grand Ole Topp’ry will feature the Topp Twins with award-winning country artist Tami Neilson, alongside other special guests including the all-girl Johnny Cash band, The Johnnys. The 13 centre tour begins in Invercargill on Wednesday 1st October before heading all over - see the programme at topptwins.com.

Wellington gig: Saturday 1st Nov, Opera House, Wellington

Joan Armatrading Solo Tour.

Joan Armatrading Solo Tour

Joan Armatrading has announced her last major world tour, with three New Zealand performances, including Thursday 18th December, Opera House, Wellington . Tickets are on sale from Monday 11th August at 12pm. For the first time Armatrading will be solo onstage playing the guitar, piano as well as singing ... more.

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 moniquerei10@gmail.com. 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.

Gay Helpline.

Gay and Lesbian Help-Line

Providing information, advice, active listening, youth support and more Helpline Services to the whole lesbian, gay, trans, questioning, coming out, whatever community. Staffed by Gay / Lesbian / Takatäpui / Queer Volunteers. More info at www.gaywellington.org or phone them at 04-473-7878.

See also Schools Out on the Rainbow page.

Lesbian Radio Programme

The weekly Lesbian Radio Programme is broadcast on Sundays, 10 - 11 am, on Wellington Access Radio 783 AM. It is rebroadcast at midnight Tuesday to 1 am Wednesday.

Check our Lesbian Radio webpage for more information and links to listen to or download recent programmes.

Notices for the broadcasting to the programme should be sent to les.radio.welly@gmail.com

The programme has a page on Facebook Wellington-Lesbian-Radio for the latest updates from programme presenters.

There is an interview with Prue about the programme and its history on PrideNZ.com.

Lesbian Radio recruiting

The Lesbian Radio collective is looking for new presenters. Email les.radio.welly@gmail.com if you are interested - full training will be given. An extra techie or 2 would also be helpful.

Global lesbian podcasts

The Lesbian Radio webpage has links to the top 5 global lesbian podcasts and to Joy 94.9 in Melbourne.

Bette Armstrong and Bea Arthur.

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.

Activities the Armstrong & Arthur Charitable Trust funds are:

  • Education, research and social development
  • Lesbian individuals and lesbian community groups that benefit the lesbian community such as help-lines, library facilities, radio programmes, art exhibitions and theatre productions and other cultural activities intended to further community development
  • The provision of other services such as rehabilitation and health activities

The Wellington Region is defined as the Lower North Island South of the Manawatu Gorge.

Visit the Trust website www.lesbian.net.nz/lesbiantrust for information about how to apply for grants, and how to donate or make bequests to the Trust.

Applications for the next round of grants close on January 31 2015. Application forms and guidelines for applications can be downloaded from the Trust website at www.lesbian.net.nz/lesbiantrust and are also available from: The Secretary, The Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians, PO Box 199, Waikanae 5250.

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