Kia ora and welcome to our Mahuru update, full of Pride, parties, conferences, art and activities.

Organisers of the first ever cross-government Rainbow conference in November invite presentations from Rainbow groups. A new online booklet for parents of young lesbian, queer, trans and gender diverse people has been produced by OUTLine in response to demand. And the Women’s Studies Association conference in Wellington this month will be full of lesbians.

This month we hear from former multi-sport rep player and current Ōpōtiki Deputy Mayor Lyn Riesterer (Whakatōhea) about her story, and the first same-sex civil union on a marae. And Taranaki photographer Fiona Clark reflects on changes as the book of her Living with AIDS exhibition is printed 30 years later.

Pride is breaking out in Hamilton and Queenstown in the first week of this month, with lots of events, and a women’s party is the first confirmed celebration of 41 years of being out with MaLGRA in Palmerston North.

And read about the return of Val McDermid to our southern shores, the lesbian PulseArt group, and a feminist exhibition at Auckland Museum.

Check out Dyke Diary for events of interest to lesbians and queer women. We update it as we receive information about events – please send us your suggestions (email is good!) of those we should be listing.

Also email us your Social & Support group updates and we’ll put them online as quickly as possible. We welcome comments (at the bottom of every page) and contributions. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page – there are more links to stories there, and they don’t always get to the website.

If you prefer to read LNA on paper click on print at the top of our main pages.


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