Wellington Pride Festival 13 – 27 March 2021

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Wellington Pride Festival traces its history back to the first Newtown Lesbian and Gay Fair in 1986, which was organised as part of the campaign for the Homosexual Law Reform Bill which passed on July 9th, 1986. This Act decriminalised relationships between men aged 16 and over, and meant that the gay community couldn’t be discriminated against.

Since then, Wellington has been home to rainbow festivals, parties, and other events which have celebrated, represented, and supported the LGBTQIA+ community, including adults, youth and children.

Did you know?

flag, gay, pride, various, blue, color, dom, green, lGBT, march, orange, purple, rainbow, red, yellow, multi colored, striped, day, group of people, people, outdoors, protection, nature, real people, patriotism, crowd, umbrella, incidental people, wind, 4K, CC0, public domain, royalty freeThe rainbow flag – the symbol of gay pride –  was created in 1978 by artist, designer, Vietnam War veteran Gilbert Baker. He was commissioned to create a flag for San Francisco’s annual pride parade.

“What I liked about the rainbow is that it fits all of us.
It’s all the colors.
It represents all the genders.
It represents all the races.
It’s the rainbow of humanity” – Gilbert Baker

Have you seen?

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Image: stuff.co.nz

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Image: Wikipedia Commons

Have you noticed the pedestrian crossing images on traffic lights around Cuba Street, Wellington? Instead of the usual ‘green walking man’ they depict an image of Carmen Rupe, who was a tireless gay rights advocate and popular performer in and around Wellington. Carmen passed away in 2011 aged 75 years old.

Get Involved

National Schools Pride Week happens yearly in term 2. This year: 14 – 20 June 2021. This event is organised by Inside Out, which supports rainbow young people throughout Aotearoa to have a sense of belonging in their schools and communities.

Talk to your teacher, and register your school HERE

Some links:

Out on the Shelves – an online reading resource connecting rainbow young people with the stories that represent them.

Rainbow Youth – provide support, information, resources & advocacy for Aotearoa’s
queer, gender diverse, takatāpui and intersex youth.

Bullying Free NZ – LGBTQIA+

National Library of NZ – Queer History

Some reading:

Wellington City Libraries have loads of books and online resources about gender, sexuality, diversity and community acceptance. I simply typed in ‘GENDER JUVENILE’ into the the search engine and came up with seven pages of fiction, non-fiction, picture books, board books and e-books to chose from! Wellington City Libraries – Gender Juvenile

Book Jacket for: What Riley woreBook Jacket for: Princess KevinBook Jacket for: Understanding sexuality : what it means to be lesbian, gay or bisexualBook Jacket for: Pink is for boys

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

This book is about a girl called Avery and another girl called Bett. They are both twelve. Things start to go wrong when their Dads fall in love with each other and the girls are sent to a camp against their will. I enjoyed this story as it is relatable and easy to read.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

One night, a desperate email arrives in Avery Bloom’s inbox. It is from a girl called Bett Devlin. Bett claims that her dad and Avery’s dad had met at a building expo 3 months ago and are now a couple. For Bett and Avery this is the end of the world as they know it. Now on top of everything, they are getting sent to a summer camp, together. Communicating via email only, they hatch plans to separate their dads, but as their dads grow further apart, Bett and Avery grow closer. I really enjoyed this book because it was gripping and enjoyable.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Yuki: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl – from Dog Fish
A story about two girls, Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom, whose dads fall in love. The only problem with that, is that at first, their daughters don’t want anything to do with each other. The girls try, try and try to prevent their dads from meeting again, but fail until a motorbike trip in China makes their dads realise that they are not made for each other. But, by then, their children have begun to understand each other very well to the point of becoming very good friends.
This story is written only in letters/Emails, though still very understandable. I like the style of this story, how letters alone can describe an incredibly detailed story to you.
A book for people who want to read something else.

5 stars

Reviewed by Yuki from Newtown and South Wellington Intermediate , 10 years old

Pride festival books for families and children

Pride Festival week is here! Celebrate diversity and differences: Saturday 24th February 2018 to Sunday 4th March 2018.

This week celebrates people and families in our communities. Not all families are made up of a mummy and a daddy – there are lots of different types of families out there, and the Pride Festival is for everyone to celebrate families in all their forms. These different families are often called Rainbow Families.

Would you like to find out more about rainbow families? Here’s some good books to start with:

Heather has two mommies by Leslea Newman

This is about a young girl who has two mummies. Heather at first struggles with not having a daddy, and then she finds at playgroup that there are lots of different kinds of families. This is a book for younger children.



One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine

This is a story about 2 children who compare families. One comes from a traditional family and the other comes from a family with 2 blue dads and they try to figure out what the differences are with having 2 blue dads.


And Tango makes 3 by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

This is a true story about two male penguins in New York city zoo. They fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg.
Some people when they come from families that are different sometimes get teased or picked on for being different from others. Some people are picked on and teased because they seem different to us. I The next two books are about characters who are in that situation and how they triumph over it.


The sissy duckling by Harvey Fierstein

This is the story about Elmer the duck who is teased because he is different from others. He proves himself by surviving the harsh winter and saving his dad.
This book is aimed at younger children.


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This is the story of a gentle Bull named Ferdinand who is forced to fight in the bull ring in Spain.






Event! Event! Event!

Celebrate Pride festival with us! There is a special storytime in Wellington Central Library celebrating Rainbow Families.

This special storytime event will be presented by the fabulous Drag Queen LaQuisha St Redfern and friends featuring books from our library collection. These Rainbow Storytime events help to teach children about acceptance with themes of family, love and friendship, being different and belonging, being unique and accepted and are for children, families and anyone who likes a good story!

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2-2.30pm

Rainbow Storytimes!

Come and listen to some wonderful Rainbow Stories at Wellington Central Library presented by Wellington’s favourite Drag Queen, the fabulous LaQuisha St Refern and friends. Celebrate our Rainbow Families with this special fun storytime  event for children, their families and anyone who likes stories!

What: Rainbow Storytimes

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2 – 2.30pm

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the DressThe Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams (1971-)

The story was about a boy. He meets a girl called Lisa. They become friends and then he wore an orange dress because he wanted to pretend he was a girl. He got the dress from Lisa. He also put on makeup.

Lisa was my favourite character because she was a girl and she was pretty. It was funny when she encouraged Dennis to wear the dress.

It was a funny book. It had funny picture as well. One particular funny part was when Dennis went into the girls’ bathroom and there were loads of girls talking in there and maybe taking selfies.

I really liked the ending when his dad told the headmaster off for getting Dennis expelled for wearing the orange dress rather than the school uniform.

I love David Walliams’ books. His books remind me of Roald Dahl’s because they are really funny.

This was one of the funniest books in the world because what kind of boy wears a dress.

I learnt that if you get expelled and you still play soccer and your mum is away your daddy will tell the headmaster off. It’s all about being yourself and not copying other people like a sheep.

I would recommend this book to all readers including girls because they would love the story.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Petra: The Lotterys plus one

The Lotterys plus oneThe Lotterys plus one, by Emma Donoghue (1969-)

At the start it was a bit confusing because there was 12 names to remember but after that it was a great story. There is 1 grumpy grandfather, 7 Lottery children, 4 parents, a 3 legged dog, some cats, a rat, and one bird. It is a truly great book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Petra from Khandallah and Other , 10 years old