Rainbow groups and activities

Queer & Trans* drawing class.

Queer & Trans* drawing class

Join Sian Torrington in an expressive drawing class! It’s about finding ways to be in our body and let it speak through drawing. It’s about representing ourselves. It’s about seeing ourselves, and being ourselves.
This is a six week class commencing Wednesday 20 September, at Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 51-69 Abel Smith St. Cost $170 - some places free courtesy Rainbow Wellington. More on facebook.



Brackets puts on queer performance events at BATS in Wellington. From plays to podcasts to poetry slams - if it's queer, they love it. More on facebook.
Audio from the August event Matiu Soames Island Discs is available on the Brackets website.

Next event: Saturday 23 Sept, 9pm @ BATs
Looking for something non-political to do on election night? The September show has got you covered. They're going all the way back to 1983 with a table read of Dancing, by Renée


Welcome - Queer Party

Friday 6 Oct, 9pm - 2am @ The Fat Angel upstairs at Eva Beva, cnr of Dixon & Eva Sts

Follow on facebook.

Red tour: LGBTI rainbow walk tour through Wellington.

LGBTI history walk tours

Red tour: 1pm, Sunday 1 October

Meet at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park - the bottom of the steps, cnr Buckle and Tory Streets. A visit to important GLBTI historical sites in Tory Street, Vivian Street, Cuba Street and Willis Street ... more information on the Walk Tours NZ webpage or 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 have been leading monthly walks - check their website for the next one.

Paekakariki Pride.

Rainbow in the Village - Paekakariki Pride Festival

20 - 22 October ... Labour Weekend

Vinyl & Proud warmly invite us to the first ever queer pride festival in Paekakariki over Labour Weekend. Starting with a meet and mingle at Finn's Bar on Friday, the world's shortest Pride Parade on Saturday, leading into ... a fabulous dance with entertainment in St Peters Hall. All the details are on the event facebook page - and book yopur tickets for the dance as numbers will be limited!

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.

2017 Rainbow Election Forum.

2017 Rainbow Election Forum

On 22 August 2017 Rainbow Wellington hosted a rainbow election forum at St Andrew's on the Terrace in Wellington. Nine representatives from a diverse range of political parties attended. They spoke about their parties' past achievements, their current policies and answered questions from the audience. Listen to the recording of the event on prideNZ.com.

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


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 for more info.



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.

Rainbow Team Wellington launch.

Rainbow Team Wellington

Rainbow Team Wellington is an umbrella organisation uniting Wellington's LGBTI Sport and Recreation clubs. More on the website and the facebook page.

Rainbow Team Wellington are trying to build up their list of queer sports teams and clubs in Wellington on their new website - check the Sports & Recreation page on their website, and contact them if your team or club isn't listed!

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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