Rainbow groups and activities

Rainbow Fun Triathlon.

Rainbow Fun Triathlon

Saturday 3 March, 9:30am - noon starting at Freyberg Beach, Oriental Bay

Get out and proud at the Second Rainbow Fun Triathlon will be held on Saturday 3 March as a part of the Wellington Pride Festival. It features an 800m sea swim, 10km bicycle ride and 5km run, with teams of up to three people undertaking the three sections ... more info on the facebook event page.

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

Pride Festival walks:

Turquoise tour tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.
Turquoise Tour Sunday 25 February, 1pm
A 90 min tour of inner city Wellington, starting from outside of the City Gallery, Civic Square, learning about:
- Activism and homosexual law reform
- Homosexuality being used as a political weapon
- LGBTI rainbow personalities and famous artists
- Early social meeting places
Voilet Tour Sunday 4 March, 1pm
Violet tour tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.
A 90 min tour of inner city Wellington, starting from the steps of Parliament buildings, learning about:
- Homosexual Law Reform
- LGBTI rainbow personalities
- Churches and LGBTI rainbow communities
- Imprisonment on Matiu Somes Island
- A WW1 same-sex love story
Red Tour Saturday 10 March, 1pm
Red tour tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.
A 90 min tour of inner city Wellington, starting from Pukeahu Park (meet at the bottom of the steps to the war memorial), Tory Street. Learn about:
- Early female impersonators
- The Salvation Army and homosexual law reform
- Community icons giving back
- Social meeting places
- Infamous local hate crimes
- A landmark church service on homosexuality
Human rights issues meeting.

Human Rights issues for Gender & Sexual Minorities - Wellington meeting

The Human Rights Commission is hosting a public meeting - Wednesday 7 March, 6:45pm - 9:45pm @ 44 The Terrace. This is one of a series of open forum consultations across Aotearoa for people with diverse or minority sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex characteristics. More info on the facebook event page, including a link for booking teckets.


The Glamaphones Choir

Glamaphones: Best of Homegrown

Thursday 8 March, 6:30 - 8:30 @ St Andrews on the Terrace

Join the Glamaphones, Wellington’s premier rainbow choir, for a joyous celebration of its trip to Sydney Mardi Gras, where the Glamaphones will march in the parade’s 40th anniversary and perform side-by-side with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir at Sydney Mardi Gras ... more on the facebook event page

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.



Saturday 10 March, 8pm - 2am @ Caroline, 1 Manners St

Get ya flares on, dust off ya platform shoes and bring ya best boogie moves because Vinyl&Proud are back in town for Wellington Pride Festival 2018, and they're here to PARTY!
Come down to Wellington's funkiest retro venue, Caroline Bar, and relive the disco days with some good, old-school, phat sounds - all played on vinyl especially for our *Rainbow families and friends ... more info on the facebook event page. Tickets on sale January 17.

Welcome Queer Party.

Welcome Queer Party

Saturday 10 March, 9pm - 2am @ The Fat Angel (upstairs at Eva Beva), cnr Dixon & Eva

They're back for more nights of diva dancing and fabulous drinks in good ol' company. Catch up with friends, and make new ones. Everyone is Welcome here, and everyone here is queer ... more info on the facebook event page.

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, and always at The Tote in Trentham. 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. facebook event page

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

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

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 event is:

  • RW drinks - Friday 23 February @ The Fat Angel, 31-35 Dixon St

Check the Rainbow Wellington events page for more information.



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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