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Wellington acknowledges the support of the Mayor of Wellington and our
corporate members. See their details below, & at http://www.rainbowwellington.org.nz/Directory/
(corporate members are listed first, in alphabetical order).
We welcome a new
corporate member to our list this month. Jeff Montgomery and Dean Halifax are
long-standing personal and business members, but now they have decided to
upgrade and register their City Gaystay and Cottages as a corporate member.
also see the details of our other members who have paid the business page fee,
on our Business Directory Web page, athttp://www.rainbowwellington.org.nz/Directory/
. Please have a look
at that, & remember to use the services of our members who are advertising
there whenever you can.
RAINBOW WELLINGTON DRINKS: 6th MAY,
Wellesley Boutique Hotel
We return to a
from 5.00 PM
Boutique Hotel, 2-8 Maginnity Street
Nil – but
please note that regular attenders will be asked to join Rainbow Wellington.
our events, it is only fair that you join the group.
Rainbow Wellington news
WELLINGTON ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Thursday 14th April, 2011
This is now the
final notice of our AGM, to be held on Thursday 14th April, at 6 pm. As usual,
we will meet in the Council Chamber of Wellington Town Hall, courtesy of our
Patron, the Mayor of Wellington. The new Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, should be
there to greet us in person.
The Agenda has been sent out to members. Thanks to those of you who responded,
both the apologies and those intending to attend. Please make an effort to come
along, as this is the one time of the year when we can receive members’
RW Board members
are elected for two-year terms, and all 3 current members up for re-election,
Tony Simpson, Amadee Rose and Tony Reed, are intending to stand again. But this
still leaves us well short of our total Board complement. So please consider
whether you would like to contribute to the group and its activities by
standing for the Board this year. If you would like to know more of what this
involves, please talk with a Board member at one of our events, or e-mail us at
In January we updated
the Issues page on our website: http://www.rainbowwellington.org.nz/Issues.htm . That is
the place to go for details of our current and past campaigns, as well as those
which are “just resting” at present, such as the issue of gay men donating
We have still
received no response, nor even an acknowledgement to our open letter to the
Prime Minister, listing the current issues relating to civil and human rights
where we think the government should act (or of course where we oppose the way
it has been acting). We have recently issued a press release on the PM’s rather
sudden discovery of the problems of bullying. That was of course one of the key
issues in our letter. Unfortunately the mainstream media so far seem about
as interested in homophobic bullying as the Prime Minister and the Minister of
Education does. Let us hope that Pink Shirt Day on April 14th will
raise the profile of this issue at long last. There are lots of details about
that on GayNZ.com
This is election
year, so we will be carrying forward these issues when we talk to the political
McDonalds has kindly
unblocked our website, which was blocked on their Wifi system, along with
virtually all other gay-related websites. They could hardly have done
otherwise. One wonders how many sites of valid interest remain blocked. We have
written to McDonald’s pointing out that in our view the system they have chosen
infringes the Human Rights Act, in that it systematically discriminates on the
grounds of sexual orientation, and await their response. We do not believe that
the sort of piecemeal unblocking on request which has gone on so far is good
Rainbow Wellington membership
renewals are still coming in, and our corporate and business members in
particular seem to need fairly constant reminders. Our procedures are pretty
generous in giving three months grace at the end of the membership year. But
that is now up, so the substantial number of 2009-10 members who have not
renewed are now fully lapsed, and are receiving this newsletter as non-members
only (i.e. as a link and not full-text, though we will ensure they see this
remains frustrating for us that, despite our very high profile over the last
year, so many people ignore the call to join or renew their memberships, at
least without us having to do a lot of work in reminding and chasing them. As a
small voluntary organisation we could well do without having to do this so
much, as there really are more important things we could be getting on with.
For example, this newsletter has been delayed because the secretary has had to
spend time chasing up memberships.
it is never too late, so please either dig out that form we mailed to you, or
go to our online form at http://www.rainbowwellington.org.nz/register.asp . There
you can either fill in the form on that page, or download a form in Word to
post or e-mail to us. Please note that payment should accompany the form or be
made at the same time. We have received more forms than payments to date.
increasing move to online direct credit is of course convenient for all, but
please ensure 1) that it is clear who is paying, 2) that you please send us at
least an e-mail to say you have done this, and that your details have not changed.
At this busy time of year, it is easy to miss some renewals if we don’t have
any back-up information.
RW WEBSITE ADMINISTRATION
Rainbow Wellington is
looking for a dedicated person to manage our web site. It would be great
if we can find a person with PC technical skills and who likes a
Our current web
administrator for many years would like a break. It is also a good
opportunity for a successor to bring a fresh approach and innovation to this
Routine work involves:
- Updating the RW Events page and the News
page as News arrives
monthly RW Newsletter to the website
- Email Mail-outs
Our Mail-out system
is maintained by Gavin who has access to Servers we can use. This system stores emails lists of RW Members
and Non-members who wish
to receive regular RW News Updates.
For further details,
please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
RW FUTURE EVENTS
Now your editor
has returned from his Mother’s quite exhausting 90th birthday
celebrations, and now the Outgames are over, we are settling down to bring you
more events over the coming months. The theme of the moment appears to be human
rights, and we are setting up a number of speakers who are knowledgeable in
various aspects of our human rights laws and the situation generally here in
New Zealand. So watch out for these.
As I said last
time it is quite possible that events may be organised too late to appear in a
newsletter, in which case we will use our news extra messages. But please don’t
forget that they will also be on the website, and we hope you will remember to
look there: www.rainbowwellington.org.nz . RW events are on the Events page, other
events on the News page.
Politics in Godzone
main news that screams for some sort of comment is of course the Darren Hughes
“scandal”. This impacts on me as a resident of the Ōtaki electorate and
one who had hoped that Darren might recover the seat from the rather smug but
not very effective Mr Nathan Guy. Only a few weeks back I was at the opening of
the new Waikanae station, celebrating the extension of the suburban electric
service. Darren did a lot to bring that about, a fact that tended to be ignored
by some there, in fact he had asked to speak, a request which Stephen Joyce
& Nathan Guy apparently vetoed. Thanks to Mayor Jenny Rowan for personally
drawing attention to his key role there.
Wellington is not going to comment on the facts of the case, because we do not
currently know them. This does not seem to prevent the media going mad, but we
consider such lack of factual information pretty crucial. We do however feel
that we can comment on the media’s reaction to the news.
course, the media has always loved a “sex scandal”, it appears to be one of the
few topics they feel they know anything much about. And when it involves two
men, even more so (please note, an 18-year-old is a man, and not a boy). But
their delight in being judge, jury and executioner for Darren contrasts bleakly
with their supine role in what I would have thought a much bigger scandal
involving an MP a number of years ago.
Smith is no friend of our communities to put it mildly. Name any key vote in
Parliament and he has been on the side of the homophobes every time. But his
ability to wriggle out of a conviction for contempt of Court in 2004, with his
portfolios intact and his position as an MP unchallenged, stunned me at the
time, and now annoys even more so, when I see what the media can do to a career
when it wants to. At the time, the Family Court’s decisions were being
criticised, especially on the Right. Nick led the charge when a couple of his
constituents got involved, and broke the law by issuing press releases and
according to some reports, even phoning the other family who had been awarded
custody (wrongly in Nick’s infallible eyes of course), This is all in the public
domain, and I found these 2 articles from the Herald from 2003 and 2004 easily
on Google: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3506041 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3556714
course, Nick’s stand was popular in some quarters, probably amongst those who
fiercely defend the “rule of law” except when it suits them. Jane Clifton’s
article in the Listener makes that point: http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3335/features/1739/nick_smith_poster_boy_for_court_reform.html;jsessionid=89059F8A07BD05A2F1283897535BAC86 .
However, he only failed to be thrown out of Parliament on a technicality, so
one would have hoped that the media might have considered this an outrage, and
conducted some sort of campaign, even if that annoyed some the “anti-PC”
brigade, and even if the issue was not “sexy” and might actually involve some
detailed explanation. Of course, the National Party leadership did not want to
lose him, just as Phil Goff did not want to lose Darren. But surely that is not
the point. Any MP who thinks he can casually break the law because he knows
better than the Courts should not be in Parliament, let alone in power. Nick
Smith has not only survived of course, but is now a senior Minister, as those
who rely on ACC are only too aware. One cannot help wondering what would have
happened to Richard Nixon if he had relied on the New Zealand media for his
survival. I bet he would still be President. Our mainstream media is the
scandal here, they are totally useless and incapable of recognising major
issues of any significance, especially those which might require some detailed
research and the use of a few brain cells.
was good however, to see one party leader expressing her dismay at the recent
course of events. Good on you, Tariana: http://www.maoriparty.org/index.php?pag=nw&id=1627&p=turia-deeply-saddened-at-resignation-of-darren-hughes.html .
a much lighter note, I hope you picked up the good article on gay Green MP (and
of course one of our Vice-Patrons) Kevin Hague, in the Sunday Star Times: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/features/4810616/Arresting-times . The
article covers his role in the anti-Springbok tour demonstrations in 1981, but
covers quite a wide field beyond those dramatic events also.
hot off the press, a substantial Herald article on Grant Robertson too: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10716603
least this one actually answers that endless pointless question “is NZ ready
for a gay Prime Minister?”.
of us who attended the Human Rights Conference at the Outgames were regularly
bombarded by news of the number of countries signing up to the United
Nations Joint statement on the rights of LGBT persons at the Human
Rights Council. Eventually 85 countries signed up. Hillary Clinton was as ever
fulsome in her praise of the statement, and gave it good coverage on the State
Dept. site: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/03/158846.htm
. There is a link on the right to the full text of the statement, and the
complete list of countries signing up. As you will see, it includes New
Zealand, but you would be hard pressed to know that from any Government news
source here. So we have written to Foreign Minister Murray McCully, thanking
him for NZ’s support, but hoping that he might behave a little more like
Hillary Clinton and give our support for human rights at the UN a little more
publicity? It was also pointed out at the conference that Pacific Island
states, tiny as most of them are, represent over 20 votes at the UN General
Assembly, so are definitely worth pursuing for their support. These countries
do sometimes have to be persuaded to add their support to such statements, so
surely this is a role NZ could play more strongly, as a country with influence
in the region. Certainly the United Nations itself, from the Secretary-General
down, is pushing for such support for human rights for all people – especially
of course since Helen Clark joined as head of UNDP.
am getting rather bored pointing out the many statement and actions coming from
the Tory-led UK Government relating to LGBTI rights. Bored, because John Key is
supposedly a fan of David Cameron and his “moderate conservatism”, but shows no
sign of learning from the Tories’ conversion to supporters of our rights. But
no “I haven’t turned the clock back, so be grateful” stuff there.
the Deputy Equalities Minister launched a government led campaign against
homophobia and transphobia in sport, as part of their overall action plan on
the Equalities Minister and Home Secretary (a senior Tory) gave a speech to the
Stonewall Workplace conference on equality and discrimination, covering a wide
range of issues: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/speeches/stonwall-2011
is typical that in one month it is easy to pick out such initiatives and
comments coming from the Government in the UK. Wouldn’t it be good if those
sort of things happened here? But I fear the likelihood of that happening under
this Prime Minister or this Government are remote indeed.
Events for Women
We now have an e-mail list consisting of our women members and other
contacts only. This can be used if required to inform women of relevant events
taking place. So if you wish us to send out any such message, please send
details to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Please give us a few days notice of the event though,
as we cannot promise to send anything out immediately! Please note that this
is for community groups only. This facility is not available for commercial
The details below
are all taken from http://wellington.lesbian.net.nz/. We do not receive separate notifications
of these events, for please see that website for full details.
LILAC - the
LILAC is a
lending library for lesbians and queer women with a great selection of books,
DVDs, videos and magazines. It operates from a room upstairs at 64 Cambridge
Terrace (corner of Fifeshire St) - just follow the signs. More info on the
LILAC website at lilac.lesbian.net.nz.
LILAC is open:
Wednesdays 5-7 pm
Saturdays 11 am-1
Wednesday 1st September, LILAC will be open: Wednesdays 5.30-7.30 pm and
Saturdays 11 am-2 pm
is holding a Book club on the third Thursday of each month (usually) in the
LILAC Library. We will serve tea and coffee and if anyone fancies bringing some
biscuits they will be gratefully received. We look forward to meeting some new
faces who enjoy reading.
14th April 2011, 6.30 @ 8.00 pm
discussing Carol by Patricia Highsmith (also published as The
Price of Salt by Claire Morgan
at Lilac Library, 64 Cambridge Terrace [a week earlier than usual to avoid
Lesbians meet for after work drinks on the second and fourth Fridays of the
month in Blondinis, the upstairs bar at the Embassy Theatre from 5.30pm. Next: 8th April, then 22nd April.
Radio on Access Radio
Lesbian Radio Programme is broadcast on Sundays, 10 - 11 am, on Wellington
Access Radio 783 AM. It is rebroadcast at midnight Tuesday to 1 am Wednesday.
Check our Lesbian Radio webpage for more information and links to listen
to or download recent programmes.
Softball Club ... recruiting for 2011
only remaining lesbian softball club is right here in Wellington. They have a promotional video to entice you to join up for the 2011
has been going for over 30 years - let's make sure it continues. Join as a
supporter, play in the team, be the club manager, join the committee, or just
be a spectator at games. We welcome experienced and new players alike. Email email@example.com for more info.
This is a Lesbian
Drop In/Support Group for women who are new to Wellington or just new to the
Gay scene. They meet on the first Thursday of the month ...
Next: Thursday 7th April 6pm til 7.30pm at Anvil House, 138-140 Wakefield St
For more information, ring Gay and Lesbian Help-Line (04) 473 7878 and leave a
message for Jo with your phone number or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overland & Cafe Club
LOCC is the
social walking group for vaguely active lesbians and slightly fitter women. Not
a tramping group, but there is one "club" rule: walk some before
retiring to a cafe. And we're not a club as such ... just whoever turns up on
programme 2010 -2011
For all walks, bring
lunch, water and snacks. Wear or carry parka, day pack, shorts or walking long
trousers, sneakers or tramping boots, sunblock, hat, gloves, spare jersey.
Your leader will have a
small first aid pack. Its best to phone the leader so she knows you are
coming, can arrange car shares and can give you any additional information.
Sunday 10 April: Rimutaka rail trail
A walk along part of the old railway route
from Upper Hutt to the Wairarapa. It is a well-formed trail but wear
Meet outside the front of the Wellington Railway Station at 9am to car
The turnoff to the walk is 9km north of Upper Hutt, to meet at the end of the
access road at 10am. Walking time up to 5 hours to the summit for lunch, a
quick peek at "Siberia corner" and back to the cars. More information
about the track at the regional council website, including a map. There are a couple of short tunnels so a
torch could be handy.
Trip leader Ellen 566 0140
The Pines in 2010
Dances in 2011 will be held @ the Pines, in Houghton Bay,
Wellington on May 28, June 25, Aug 13 and Oct 1.
Join the girls
for a social lesbian pool night at the Ballroom, 68 Courtenay Place (opposite
Shooters), on the 1st and third Friday of the month
Next Friday 5th May from 6.30 pm.
It's a fun way to meet new friends, have a drink and relax with women. It's
non-competitive - you don't even need to know how to play. Focus is on fun and
socialising. For more info or to get reminders from Pauline, email email@example.com
There are also
some free spirits who turn up every Friday from ca. 4pm for pool.
lesbians dining out
Lesbians of the
Kapiti area and parts north have a pot-luck dinner on the first Saturday of the
month at 6.30pm. Singles, couples. Good company, good food, a few laughs, a
glass of wine (or not). Women come from as far away as Tangimoana and
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
drinks at Finns Bar, Paekakariki Hotel
On the 3rd Friday
of the month, from 5.30 pm. Next is Friday 15th April.
If you want to stay for dinner phone Finns and book a place with Sally's group.
10th April 10.30am in Duke Carvell's in Swan Lane (off Cuba Street) [note the new
Brunches are held fortnightly on Sundays. Join them if you want to meet other
women for good food and good conversation. Email Shelley email@example.com for more
group for single lesbians
dinners are held in the Wellington region for single lesbians. Sometimes this
is a potluck at someone's home, and sometimes we dine out at a restaurant. If
it's in a home, we all bring a plate of food to share, and something to drink.
The purpose of this group is for companionship and meeting new people. Friendly
and no pressures; not a dating group.
To find out more
and book a seat please contact Brendy firstname.lastname@example.org
Night at Club Ivy
at Club Ivy, 13 Dixon Street
$5 house spirits for women. See the poster
Wellington Lesbian Vegetarian dining group meets regularly every 6-8 weeks.
The group is open to all lesbian women who are either vegetarian/vegan or who
enjoy vegetarian food, on the proviso that only vegetarian food is ordered when
dining out with the group (vegetarian = no meat, chicken, pork or fish.)
email@example.com to find
out more and to be added to the group list.
I trust you all
enjoyed Outgames. As you all know, RW was most involved in the Human Rights
Conference, in which we sponsored two of the overseas key speakers, to the tune
of some $10,000, by far the largest act of sponsorship in the history of the
group. Here is my report on the presentations of our two sponsorees, which both
took place in the plenary session at the beginning of day 3:
The last day of the Conference, Friday
March 18th, I made sure I got to town for the opening of the plenary
session at 8.30 am. This was because the two overseas keynote presenters
sponsored by Rainbow Wellington were speaking.
MP Sunil Pant does not have a dramatic presentation style, but
the content of his speech was amazing. He started with a slide-show which
showed the change in Nepal over the last 10 years, from a situation where gay
people were regularly beaten up by the police, to one where over 300,000 are
now out, the Supreme Court has ruled against discrimination on the grounds of
sexual orientation and gender identity, and of course Sunil himself is an out
MP in the Parliament in Kathmandu.
emphasised that, although government action is important, it is we ourselves
who are the key to an improvement in the rights of LGBTIs. And to achieve this,
we must “move beyond grievance” and look forward to a better future.
is now serious talk that Nepal could be the venue for the next Asia Pacific
Outgames. I am sure that they could put on a great show, and that we could all
enjoy the services of Pink Mountain Travel, run by the Blue Diamond Society,
which has been responsible for the one of the greatest improvements of LGBTI
rights in Asia.
Grace Poore from Malaysia spoke
movement building in the region, concentrating on the different types of
movement in Hongkong, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Hongkong new technology has been at the forefront of campaigning, initially
because a movement based on networking via Facebook and other electronic media
has been easier to arrange when money is very short. This has led to successes
such as ensuring that a new law on domestic violence covered LGBTIs – despite
opposition from some much better funded religious groups.
Vietnam the concept of a “movement” is not used, as it implies confrontation.
Instead the key point has been education, based on a belief that better
information can lead to less discrimination. Cambodia has a similar approach,
but within the LGBT community. The concept of Pride has been employed, but
there it does not tend to involve public marches or rallies, but indoor
activities which help to develop a confident community.
emphasised that, although outside help (mostly from white Westerners) can be
helpful in kick-starting developments in these countries, it has to be
carefully monitored, and a locally based capacity developed as soon as
possible. This is partly because it is local people who suffer the consequences
of any activism, as opposed to the foreigners, who can of course just go home.
New media technology is clearly the key to attracting larger numbers, as it
enables many people to feel that they are part of a movement. The international
element in this involvement can be helpful; bad governments know that the world
is watching. However, we need to be aware that our enemies are also able to
network in a similar way, and that cyber attacks by homophobic groups,
especially religious ones, are on the increase. Human Rights Commissions in the
region in particular must come to terms more with these developments.
speakers received a rapturous reception, and I came away feeling proud that we
at RW had been able to support two such visitors, who otherwise may not have
been able to attend and make such memorable presentations.
in the day, Kiwi ex-pat John Fisher inspired us all further, and his comments
have been reported on GayNZ.com and elsewhere. Even whilst John was at the
conference, his Geneva-based organisation, ARC International, was helping to
maximise support for the UN Joint statement on sexual orientation and gender
identity, and we received a running commentary throughout the conference on the
number of countries adding their support. The final number was 85 – see more
under “Overseas news” above.
12-19 March 2011
WORLD CINEMA SHOWCASE
days seems to have long gone when this particular festival was a prime target
of fundamentalists wishing to choose which films we could and could not see. It
has always been one of the more interesting film festivals around, and is at
the Paramount, starting on 14th April: http://www.worldcinemashowcase.co.nz/
in their recent e-mails has already noted the most relevant film for our
communities. Yes, Greg Araki is back. And apparently Kaboom is a return
to the old anarchic style of Araki film, as seen in such films as Nowhere,
The Doom generation and Totally f****d up. These, it must be
admitted are distinctly a matter of taste, despite their classic cult status in
many quarters. For me Mysterious skin remains his masterpiece so far,
the only film apart from Brokeback Mountain where I emerged from the
second viewing even more moved than after the first. But do go along to Kaboom
– I certainly intend to.
of us have recently received an e-mail telling us that Outtakes 2011 is all go.
http://www.outtakes.org.nz/ - there is also a
Facebook page, which appears to be update more regularly.
dates and venues for Out Takes 2011:
Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 June, Paramount, 25 Courtenay Place
your Queen's Birthday free!
heads up if you're planning a winter break ...
Queen's Birthday Weekend - Saturday 4
to Monday 6 June - is the last weekend of Out Takes
2011 in Auckland and the first weekend of the festival
holiday weekend is a great time to visit or stay in either citiy, as our
festival programme on those three days is packed with excellent films!
though we've been screening over Queen's Birthday for 17 years now, even
some of keenest Out Takes filmgoers forget that we can only screen some of our
films once in each city and they miss out on their favourite films
because they're out of town at Queen's Birthday!
key dates coming up:
Around 16 April - We'll
email you to see if you want us to send you a festival programme in the
Around 24 April - Our
full programme is launched in print and on our website.
Thu 2 June - Opening Night
PINK INK BOOK GROUP
This book group
meets once per month. Timing seems to mean that we cannot yet give the next
date in this newsletter, but give here details of the group, including contact
“In June we
decided to call ourselves Pink Ink.
Over the last couple of months we have discussed doing something at the time of
the Outgames next year. We have had two offers of assistance: one financial and
the other logistical. Please have a serious think about gay writers you would
like to see/meet/hear/chat-up! In Wellington in 2011. It would be best if you
either wrote these down and gave me the paper at the gathering or email me
prior to the event. My auditory memory is minimal!”
Kapiti Gay Radio
is a 30 minute gay slot on Coast Access Radio on the Kāpiti
Coast, at 104.9 FM.
Apparently parts of Wellington can get it too, but you can also listen to the
latest episode at: http://www.coastaccessradio.org.nz/Kapiti_GAY.html .
who set up the programme some 2 years ago, has stood down and has passed the
baton on to yours truly. The March broadcast, still available as an mp3 on the
website, consisted of me discussing recent developments in the UK, which I have
just visited. There was quite a bit to discuss, for example, only about two
days after I arrived, young England cricketer Steven Davies came out, in the
Daily Telegraph of all places. Big news over there, but only GayNZ.com covered
it here. You can see Steven being interviewed at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/8350779/Steven-Davies-England-cricketer-announces-he-is-gay.html .
next programme will be broadcast on Sunday 17th April, and consists
of an interview (already recorded) with US Ambassador, David Huebner.
That will then appear on the web page a day or so later. This was considered
quite a coup for Coast Access Radio, which has already reported the event to
the Kapiti Observer!
hope a future interview will be with Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan. Watch this
Kapiti Rainbow Club
The Rainbow Club
is an exclusive social group for gay and bisexual men living on the Kāpiti
Coast. The group boasts 56 members aged from 32 upwards and from as far apart
as Whanganui, the Wairarapa and Upper Hutt.
The Rainbow Club
cordially invites RW members to join us at any of our monthly social events
arranged usually on the last Saturday of every month during the afternoon or
evening. Complimentary overnight accommodation with local members may be
available for those Wellingtonians who cannot face returning home.
of The Rainbow Club is now only $10. Our aim is to return this money to you
over the course of the year in the form of event subsidies. The group is
strictly men only. Please contact the group via firstname.lastname@example.org if
you wish to attend one of our functions.
The next event is
the AGM on Sunday May 1st, at Te Horo, from 11 am.
WELLINGTON RAINBOW BOWLING LEAGUE
Sunday’s at 5.00pm at Strike,
Road, Lower Hutt
hugely successful Asia Pacific Outgames held in Wellington in March 2011, the
Rainbow Bowling League has been re-established, allowing friends and family of
the GLTB community to come together and enjoy the sport of Tenpin Bowling.
the fun and invite your friends to join us each Sunday at 5.00pm for some real
games of tenpin, in teams of 2 this social competition is a whole lot of fun.
only $20pp and includes games, shoe hire (if required) and also weekly prizes
and competition trophies.
information, and to register your interest, please email email@example.com
Dion Leslie on 0276 554 531 .
WAIRARAPA RURAL BLOKES
I've been asked by Malcolm Brodie to issue an invitation to you all for another
attempt at a Wairarapa weekend at his place in Greytown.
Sunday 24th April 2011 (Easter weekend)
Anytime, but usually Noon onwards
230 Waiohine Valley Road being Malcolm Brodie's
Barbeque from early evening BYO food and grog and tent!
Overnight camping is encouraged, so why not arrive on
the Friday/Saturday night and spend the weekend there?
Please let Malcolm know if you want to do this.
Malcolm's Greytown phone number is 06 304 8949
Malcolm also requests people take their own rubbish
away with them at the end of their stay
· At the southern
end of Greytown, turn on to Humphries Street, at the Challenge Service
· Proceed to the
Woodside Railway Station (about 5 Km)
· Go past the
Station on to the gravel road and turn right at the T intersection, on to
Waiohine Valley Road.
· Follow this road
for 2.6K (you will go past the Featherston and Greytown water supply on the
driveway is on the right, opposite a wooden sheep loading thingy and is
· He usually has a
rainbow flag coyly fluttering at his entrance
Derek Waldock & Grant Pittams
STAGE AND SCREEN
hope all of you who had not seen Mates and lovers before managed
to get to see it at Downstage. It is a very good piece, true to the whole ethos
of the book, and the two actors involved are just amazing. It moved on to
Dunedin, and there has been a good article on the play in GayNZ.com linked to
the performance there, which is of course Chris Brickell’s home town: http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/22/article_10133.php .
can one say about Elizabeth Taylor which has not already been
said?! The best obituary I have read so far was in the New York Times” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/movies/elizabeth-taylor-obituary.html?ref=obituaries , which
also had rather nice video about her: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/03/23/movies/100000000740860/eliz-taylor-obit.html?ref=elizabethtaylor .
NYT obit has been in the news itself, as the writer died some 5 years ago
himself! But apparently his article was so good that they ran it anyway, with
only minor changes. In the meantime the DomPost managed to run one which failed
totally to mention her AIDS work at all, which was quite an achievement! Paul
Flynn’s article in the Guardian speaks of little else: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/23/elizabeth-taylor-aids-gay-icon
like the NZAF have of course been quick to come forward to praise her work in
that context, which she wanted to be seen as her main legacy. She has raised
many millions over the years, and seems likely to raise yet more posthumously,
as much of her substantial estate (once the diamonds have been sold) is
apparently going to AIDS charities too. I shall in the meantime resolve finally
to watch my DVD of Giant, even though the action off-screen where she
supported “my boys” Rock Hudson and James Dean, and kept them from fighting
each other in real life, was supposedly much more exciting than the movie
of you who manage to get down to this regular item in the newsletter may
remember my piece on bisexual actor Farley Grainger, best known for starring in
a couple of Hitchcock thrillers in the late 1940s & early 50s.
story which formed the subject of a session at the Human rights Conference, was
the intriguing story of the gay Mayor of Whanganui and the bad poet. Mayor
Charles Mackay shot young D’Arcy Cresswell in 1920 in what was probably the
biggest scandal ever to hit Whanganui. If you don’t know this amazing dramatic
story (which was included in Michael King’s Penguin history of New Zealand)
here is a good summary: http://www.gaynz.net.nz/history/Mackay-cress.html .
Cresswell had certain things in common with Lord Alfred Douglas (”Bosie”) in
that he was a bad poet who ruined the career of a prominent gay man.
FARLEY GRANGER R.I.P.
Last year I prepared
this book review for a newsletter, but it never made the final text, always
crowded out by something else. Farley Grainger has just died, aged 85.
You may well never have heard of him, so read on:
Include me out – Farley Grainger’s autobiography
of the films in last year’s festival was Senso, a sumptuously restored
Visconti classic from the 1950s, about the Italian war of independence from
Austria in the 19th century. The American actor playing the male
lead was Farley Granger, whom I remembered from his famous roles in Hitchcock
films, Rope and especially Strangers on a train. I also seemed to
remember that Farley was gay, so looked him up on Wikipedia. Well, it turned
out he had written a tell-it-all autobiography in 2007, which was much quoted
there, so I got a copy via Unity Books.
is an entertaining read, written in conjunction with his partner of over 40
years, TV producer Bob Calhoun. Bob has since died, but Farley is still going
strong at 85 (or at least was when I wrote this!), and the latest Youtube vids
shown when the book was released, reveal an elegant and eloquent elderly man.
Most of the book is about his younger years in film, in Hollywood and Europe,
when he certainly led an action-packed and interesting life. As one chapter in
the book tells in great detail, he lost his virginity twice in one night at the
age of 20, when he was in the Navy in the War – once to a woman and then to a
man. He discovered from that day on that he liked both, and carried on in that
vein with a number of affairs, ranging from Ava Gardner to Leonard Bernstein,
from Shelley Winters to Jean Marais. At the age of about 30, he walked away
from Hollywood, and spent most of the rest of his career on the stage.
was certainly a very popular character, partly because he was very handsome,
but also one imagines because he was charming, intelligent and very good
company. Otherwise, one cannot imagine that he would have remained friends with
so many artistic people throughout his life. Given that so many of his friends
ended up on the wrong side of McCarthyism, he was lucky to escape that fate.
His love of travel, of Europe and especially Italy, must have helped there, as
he was able to live an alternative life outside the US. He seems to have been
fairly openly bisexual for many years, although public knowledge was restricted
to his relationships with women, at least in his early Hollywood years.
this book is strongly recommended. Like all good biographies, it has an index.
So buy it or borrow it, and look up your favourite stars there; you are almost
bound to find them there somewhere.
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Zealand AIDS Foundation
Awhina Centre -
PO Box 9247, Marion Square, Wellington 6141
– Level 1, 187 Willis Street, Wellington
Phone: (04) 381
6640 Fax (04) 381 6641
National Office -
PO Box 6663, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141
Phone: (09) 303
3124 Fax :(09) 309 3149
The NZAF is the
leading community-based organisation working in HIV prevention and with people
living with HIV to maximise their health and wellbeing. Positive Health
Services provides HIV and syphilis testing, counselling, advocacy and support
services to anyone living with, or affected by, HIV in New Zealand. The
services are free, independent and confidential for anyone accessing our
promotion workshops, volunteer opportunities and activities to improve
community awareness and also provided.
The Foundation is
a registered charity.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra (NZSO)
Tel: 04 801 3890 Fax:
04 801 3976
See all the latest news of
concerts, reviews, etc., on their website.
The Fringe Bar
After 9 years as
The Bluenote Bar on the corner of Cuba and Vivian streets on 1st
February the Bluenote has re-branded as The Fringe Bar and become Wellington’s
first dedicated Comedy Venue. The venue is booked wall-to-wall with
comedy during the Fringe Festival and will host the International Comedy
Festival in May. Basically pre-booked comedy will take priority up to
11pm at nights each weekday and then the bar will move into nightclub mode with
the traditional karaoke and DJ sounds until 6am closing weekdays, 830am
and Scotty’s S&M Bar across the road and The Fringe Bar remaining as a
gay-friendly environment the tradition of Cuba Street being part of the LGBT
community enjoying New Zealand’s funkiest street with it’s wide variety of
eating establishments, entertainment, great shopping and variety of bars within
minutes of each other will remain.
Fringe Bar as a corporate member of Rainbow Network, members will
continue to receive Hospo drink prices upon presentation of their Membership
Card and free entry when Night Club door charges apply at 3am. Come and check
it out !
Bar Tel 801 5007
8pm – 6am
Thursday 3pm – 6am
Friday - Saturday
8pm – 6am
For events www.thefringebar.org
Te Horo Olives
and olive oil processors
Otaki South 5581
and olive oil processors. We have a ten acre, 1300 tree grove in Te Horo,
producing extra virgin olive oil.
Our fruit is processed on site using a Pegaso 500kg/hour continuous flow
We also undertake contract pressing for other growers in the region.
Matthews Eyewear and Eyecare
Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners
04 473 4200
04 473 4300
Sangster and Matthews
70 The Terrace
that our central Wellington practice has recently moved to the name and
Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners
Every face is a work of art and we believe every face deserves a great frame!
As Wellington’s most recent Optometrists, Matthews Eyewear &Eyecare are
proud to introduce an exciting element to highly fashionable Eyewear.
Not only do we have what we believe to be the best in Eyewear collections
that Wellington has to offer, but also the very latest in Eyecare technology.
Our promise: best people, best technology and to showcase the best range of
Optical fashion collections within a private and relaxed environment.
Hours 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday
NZ Listener Bookshop of the Year 2007
Capital Times Bookshop of the Year 2005/06/07
Unity not only
has the best selection of literature of interest to our communities, but a wide
range of other material, especially New Zealand literature.
Unity Books, 57
Tel: 04 499 4245 Fax:
04 499 4246
Peter Cullen – Employment Law Specialists
Employment Law Firm has a wealth of knowledge about all areas of employment
law. We act for both employees and employers in the public and private sectors.
We specialise in understanding clients' needs and developing services to meet
those needs effectively and economically.
At Cullen the Employment Law Firm we believe that getting great employment
advice is about being able to contact experienced and committed solicitors. All
of our solicitors specialise in employment law and are able to help you with
practical solutions to your employment problems. Below you will find their
profiles with links to allow you to contact them directly
Our physical address is:
Level 8, Kirkcaldies North Tower
45 Johnston Street
Our postal address is:
PO Box 10891
Our phone number is:
4 499 5534
4 499 5534
Our fax number is:
4 499 7443
4 499 7443
Our general email
address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Gaystay and Cottages
Why stay in a boring hotel! Choose from a hosted Bed and
Breakfast or one of two self contained inner-city cottages:
Quiet, central city locations - a few minutes walk to Wellington and main
Voted best B+B and
self-contained accommodation in Wellington by TripAdvisor - read the reviews
Separate upstairs guest queen bedroom with attached bathroom. Privacy assured.
Modern shared kitchen and lounge with balcony adjoining your room. $120 a night
if booking direct through this site - $160 if you use 'straight' sites. Located
in 'gay' Mount Victoria. Click here now to
- Two fully renovated (October 2010) self-contained historic cottages sleeping
2-8. Located in the vibrant Cuba Quarter - three minutes walk from gay
bar, sauna and other attractions. From $170 a night for two people. Free
bottle of wine if Gaystay mentoned in booking. Details and bookings here.
Wireless internet access. Laundry facilities. Car parking. Free transfers
by arrangement. Book exchange.
Address: 17 Lawson Place and 5-7 Tonks Grove, Wellington
Fax / Mobile: (wk) - 0 210 739 232