Whiringa-ā-rangi / November

Kia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-rangi update. This month we have national stories about violence in relationshipsRainbow Youth’s accessible learning resource to help increase understanding and support of sex, gender and sexuality diversity; and a new print and video resource for takatāpui.

Wellington has a Pride festival and human rights conference coming up early next year, and a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at the end of this month.

The Auckland Pride organisation is consulting with the community ahead of the 2016 event. Read about the LGBTTIQ Writers Festival, and the sports event, Proud to Play. November in Auckland also sees the Fafswag Pacific ball, and the GABA fundraising auction. In December, there’s the westie Lesbian ball.

You can make an international contribution too, providing feedback on a proposal for measuring LGBTI inclusion. Have your say!

Our People page talks about inquiring into diversity in secondary schools; the Media page features several film-related stories: lesbian content in the national Short Film Festival, a review of Freeheld, now on national release, and Auckland’s Academy Cinema’s LGBTQ nights; you can read about mosaics at the Charlotte Museum; and Jade du Preez outlines 10 factors contributing to marriage equality on our Opinion page.

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Whiringa-ā-nuku / October

2015Oct CartoonJdPKia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-nuku update with a cartoon by Jade du Preez. This month, two great resources – on sexuality and gender for schools and against violence between us – are touring the country. Check them out and take the survey.

Our first homegrown lesbian webseries is on our News page, and there’s also the Proud to Play multisport festival in February, mosaics at the Charlotte Museum, a fundraising auction and an equal pay campaign.

See Helen Courtney’s cartoons on our Media page. Plus there’s our national Dyke Diary, Social and Support group pages.

Wellington’s BOX Oceania talk about their events for queer and trans people of colour on our People page, and Jade du Preez outlines 10 factors contributing to marriage equality on our Opinion page.

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September / Mahuru

CcartoonActivismTransKia ora and welcome to our Mahuru update, with a cartoon by Hamilton’s Helen Courtney – we preview her exhibition on our Media page. You can now subscribe to our monthly email reminder and see our Facebook page, with links on the left of every page. Those readers who prefer to read LNA on paper can now simply click on print at the top of our main pages.

On our News page you’ll find Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week; Lick dances in Wellington; Pride Weeks in Hamilton and Dunedin; political gatherings in Auckland and Dunedin; a ball and sport in Auckland, and art by Sam RB and lesbian selfies. Plus there’s our national Dyke Diary, Social and Support group pages.

Carole Beu interviews Farida Sultana about Shakti’s 20th anniversary on our People page, and Jacqui Stanford describes a movie project about pioneering lesbian mountaineer Freda du Faur.

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Here-turi-kōkā / August

MastheadrevisedKia ora and welcome to our August update.

Build houses in Nepal with other lesbians – see our People page.

On our News page is the Charlotte Museum’s selfie exhibition; a fundraising art exhibition for InsideOUT in Wellington; a job for an LGBT alcohol and drug clinician; a play, concert and meeting for a Living Wage in Auckland; an embattled Russian lesbian activist and News from all over.

Plus there’s our national Dyke Diary and a play and lesbian poetry on our Media page.

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Hōngongoi / July

MastheadrevisedKia ora and welcome to our July update. On our News page is competition for the lesbian-run Gay Ski Week QT by Australian newcomers Gay Ski Week NZ, both in Queenstown from August 29; changes at Auckland’s Pride board; Sarah Waters in Christchurch; the Trans/forming Feminisms conference in Dunedin; Songs and silliness in Auckland, plus the return of the Lesbian Ball. On our People page we interview a queer Harvard genetics professor; and Sophie Stills gives her Opinion on gender verification tests in women’s sport. Plus there’s our around-the-country Dyke Diary and an NZIFFInternational Film Festival preview on our Media page.
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Pipiri / June

MastheadrevisedKia ora and welcome to our fifth monthly update. Lots of news, people and media stories this month: registration has opened for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames in Auckland, we look at women-oriented Matariki events around the country; and a lesbian musical may tour the main centres, plus there are several new Auckland events. In media, we have two perspectives on the wonderful Carol Ann Duffy, and a new queer photography exhibition. On our people page, we profile the successful and expanding events of the Lilac Library in Wellington.

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Haratua/ May

Issue 4

Anzac Poppy comic JdPWelcome to issue 4 of our online newsletter, with a cartoon from Jade du Preez.

Lots of news stories this month: the Auckland Council Rainbow Panel has got the go-ahead, and it’s time for the annual Biggest Lesbian coffee break in Auckland. Whanganui has a hui for youth, parents and health workers. A lesbian photography exhibition at Auckland’s Charlotte Museum opens at the end of the month; and there will be a Considering feminisms exhibition and journal  in Wellington later in the year. Vicky Wood is holding a free Healthy relationships workshop for young LGBTTQI people in Auckland at the Human Rights Commission. Friends and fans of The Johnnys and Suzi Fray will want to know about the Give a little campaign for Suzi. The Auckland Pride board has vacancies, it’s the last Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, and there’ll be no Out Takes Festival this year.

You’ll see a change in the way Dyke Diary looks: we’ve now set it out geographically (north to south), then by month within each region. We think this makes it easier to read and to find events – do let us know what you think, and feel free to make any suggestions for a better way to present it.

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