Rainbow groups and activities

ILGA World Conference 2019.

ILGA World Conference 2019

18-22 March 2019, in Wellington

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is holding their next confenence in Wellington! Hosts are the Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tīwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH. Visit the Conference website - registrations of interest are now being accepted.

Rainbow Wellington.

Rainbow Wellington evening at the Lesbian and Gay Archives

Thursday 7 June 2018, 5.30pm, National Library, Molesworth St

Visit the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand Te Pūranga Takātapui o Aotearoa (LAGANZ} - the LGBTTIFQ community's archive with Rainbow Wellington

LAGANZ collects and preserves, and makes available for research the records and personal papers of LGBTTIFQ people and organisations in New Zealand. The collections are owned on behalf of our communities by a Trust and housed in the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library.

LAGANZ curator Linda Evans and Roger Swanson (a trustee) will introduce the Archives and present selected items from its collections. LAGANZ are excited to share and discuss with Rainbow Wellington colleagues the range of opportunities and challenges that we face in today's digital world. Linda and Roger will also briefly introduce the Topp Twins exhibition currently at National Library.

Meet Thursday 7 June 2018, 5.30pm at Aitken St entrance of National Library. We will have an hour at the Archives and then will adjourn to the Backbencher nearby at 6.30pm to continue the discussion and mixing with LAGANZ colleagues. Snacks will be provided, you will need to buy your own drinks. Please RSVP to rainbowwellingtonevents@gmail.com

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

Violet tour tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.

LGBTI history walk tours

Red Tour Sunday 3 June 1pm - 2:30pm

The walk starts at Pukeahu Park (meet at the bottom of the steps to the war memorial), Tory Street, and ends at St Peter's church, Willis Street after visiting historical sites on Tory, Vivian, Cuba and Willis Streets; duration 90 mins.
Learn about:
- Early female impersonators
- The Salvation Army and homosexual law reform
- Community icons giving back
- LGBTI social meeting places
- Infamous local hate crimes
- A landmark church service on homosexuality

More info on the facebook event page.

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 lead monthly walks - check their website for the next one.

Rainbow Wellington.

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:

  • RW drinks - 8 June @ The Fat Angel, upstairs 31-35 Dixon St

Check the Rainbow Wellington events page for more information.


The Glamaphones Choir

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.

LGBTQI Upper Hutt Meetup.

LGBTQI Upper Hutt Meetup

A social group based in the Hutt Valley. They usually meet on the second Friday of the month. Find more details via facebook or Meetup



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. More on facebook

No show in May 'cos of the Comedy Festival.

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



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.

School's out.

School's Out

School's Out provides a safe, inclusive, social and support space for Queer* and questioning youth in the Wellington region.
Visit their facebook page for more info.

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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