Rainbow groups and activities

The Glamaphones Choir


Next concert: Homegrown Aotearoa New Zealand

Sat 25th Nov 8pm - St Andrew's on the Terrace Wellington
Sun 26th Nov 3pm - St Peter's Village Hall Paekakariki

A programme of New Zealand classics, traditional and modern ... check the facebook event page. Tickets are on sale from choir members and from eventfinda.

The Glamaphones are Wellington's gay, lesbian, and transgender community-based choir. They are a friendly mixed choir and welcome anyone who wishes to sing. Visit their facebook page or website for more info.



Portraits of LaQuisha
Sat 2 December, 9 - 10pm @ BATS Theatre, Kent Terrace

The final event for 2017 is another Brackets original. Inspired by the portrait she sat for last year, this event will see three visual artists creating portraits of LaQuisha in one hour, while LaQuisha talks to them about their art, and about representations of non-binary bodies ... more on the facebook event page

Brackets puts on queer performance events at BATS in Wellington - a monthly smorgasbord of queer entertainment - everything from plays to podcasts to poetry slams. If it's queer, they love it.

Audio from the August event Matiu Soames Island Discs is available on the Brackets website.

Welcome - Queer Party.

Welcome - Queer Party

Sat 9 December, 10pm - 2am @ The Fat Angel upstairs at Eva Beva, cnr of Dixon & Eva Sts

Follow on the facebook event page.

Vinegar Hill gay camping.

Vinegar Hill gay camping

Vinegar Hill (near Marton) has been a popular camping spot since 1977 for Gay and Lesbian people and their families over Christmas and the New Year holiday period in the height of summer. It's a party place ... with a quieter zone for the families with kids. Regular events include Queens Tie Party, Boys vs Girls Softball, Fashion in the Field to name a few. Campers decorate their campsites, and it's a whole lot of fun.

Join the facebook group to find out more.

Wellington Pride Festival.

Wellington Pride Festival 2018

24 February - 10 March 2018

Planning is underway for Pride 2018 - keep an eye on the Pride website wellingtonpridefestival.org.nz and the facebook page. The major events will be:

  • Out in the Park - the Fair on Saturday 24 February
  • Out in the Park Afterparty Saturday 24 February
  • Youth Ball Saturday 3 March

There will also be lots of other events organised by local queer groups and individuals - contact the organisers if you want to be a part of the Festival and register your event by 1 December

Fundraising is under way to pay for our fun so dig deep - there is a givealittle page where you can make a donation.

Movie fundraiser: Murder on the Orient Express

Wednesday 6 Dec, 5:45pm @ Light House Cuba

More info on the facebook event page

Wellington International Pride Parade.

Wellington International Pride Parade 2018

  • Parade Saturday 10 March starting 6pm in Tennyson St and proceeding to the waterfront
  • WIPP Go Tribal Party Saturday 10 March 8:30pm - 3am @ Mac's Brewery Function Centre

More info on the website wipp.nz - register to participate, volunteer, sign up for their newsletter ... follow on facebook

prideNZ audio archive.

PrideNZ.com audio archive

Follow news of the latest audio files of interviews and events added to PrideNZ on their facebook page

The Events section on the Pride NZ webside has audio from many queer/rainbow events, conferences, campaigns from around the country - a treause trove with more being added regularly.

Homosexual Law Reform.

Homosexual Law Reform

prideNZ.com has an important archive of interviews (audio and transcripts) with the people who were there during the campaign. Plus photos and videos from the time - the public meetings, the demos ... it's our queer history 101!

'20 years out!' Homosexual law reform in New Zealand

To mark the 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform in New Zealand, Radio NZ added rare audio recordings to its website. The rich assortment of audio was drawn from 20 years out!, a Radio NZ documentary created by Gareth Watkins and broadcast on National Radio on 9 July 2006, the 20th anniversary of the final vote. It was broadcast again on July 12 2016.

Much of the protest and rally sound was originally recorded for Access Radio programmes made by the Gay Broadcasting Collective (Gay BC) and had never before been heard nationally. There are also reflections from gay men who faced personal discrimination during the heated debate, as well as interviews with lesbians after the passage of the Bill.

Listen to the audio archive at www.radionz.co.nz/national/documentaries/20yearsout

Turquoise tour tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.

LGBTI history walk tours

Walk Tours NZ is a volunteer group that offers free, accessible, inclusive and community-focused walking tours around Wellington highlighting the city’s rich LGBTI rainbow heritage. They have been leading monthly walks - check their website for the next one.

Rainbow Wellington launch.

Rainbow Wellington

Rainbow Wellington is an LGBTI+ organisation that focuses on networking, events and lobbying. Their website has information about past and present campaigns as well as directories of local LGBTI+ businesses, groups and activities.

The next events are:

  • RW drinks - Friday 8 December @ Fringe Bar, Allen St
  • Rainbow Wellington End of Year Dinner - Sat 9 December @ The Big Elephant Thai Restaurant, 58 Cambridge Terrace

Check the Rainbow Wellington events page for more information, especially the dinner.



Has alcohol become a problem in your life?
Wellington has a new LGBTQIA+ AA meeting. Phew, that's a heap of acronyms. Meetings to be held on Mondays at 6:30pm at St.Andrews on the Terrace.

InsideOUT youth support.


InsideOUT is a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make Aotearoa a safer place for all young people of minority sexualities, sexes and genders to live and be in. Their projects include Wellington school support.

Social sporty groups


Same sex dancing classes

Come and have fun and Dance on Sunday Nights!

The Sunday night DANSS classes are for Gay and Lesbian people and friends who wish to learn some classical Ballroom, some funky Latin American and some elegant New Vogue dance moves. A partner is not necessary however an attitude in wanting to learn and having fun is required.
Classes are held at the Thistle Hall, corner of Cuba and Arthur Streets.
Beginner's class start at 7.00 pm and the Intermediate classes start at 8.10 pm. Payment is by koha/donation.
Check the DANSS website www.danss.org.nz for more information, or keep up to date on their facebook page.

Queer bars and venues

Current venues in Wellington:

Ivy Bar and Cabaret.

Ivy Bar and Cabaret

James Smiths Basement, 49 Cuda Street - www.ivybar.co.nz

S&M's - Scotty and Mals Cocktail and Lounge Bar.

S&M's - Scotty and Mal's Cocktail and Lounge Bar

176 Cuba Street - www.scottyandmals.co.nz.

facebook and other social media groups

and no doubt there are many many more ...

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