December 2019 LILAC news
Kia ora
Welcome to our summer newsletter.

Report from the AGM

LILAC will continue! A big thank you to the more than 30 women who turned out to support LILAC and agree its future direction at the 24th AGM on 14 November.

We formed a fundraising group to focus on raising and applying for funds throughout the year. We voted to raise the membership fees by a small amount (the first increase in 10 years) – and introduced an additional membership option not related to level of income – see our Membership webpage for more information. We’re looking to provide a ‘donate’ button on LILAC’s online spaces, which will make it easier for interested people to support LILAC financially.

The new LILAC Collective includes 10 keen women of varied age, background, interest and skills plus a corresponding member from abroad.

We meet monthly throughout the year and are eager to hear from you so that LILAC continues to meet your needs, now and into the future.

The mood of members at the AGM was that LILAC is an amazing resource with a colourful history . From opening its doors in 1995 with 400 books, the collection has grown to more than 2,700 books and 150 DVDs. The premises themselves are a great resource too, and there’s a lot of potential for members to use this space more widely.

Let us know your thoughts... What events would you like LILAC to hold? Do you know of any lesbian groups that could use the space from time to time? What workshops or panel discussions would you like to see available?


STOP PRESS... Holiday break coming up

LILAC will close at 2pm on Thursday 19 December, then reopen on Wednesday 15 January at 5.30pm. Come in soon and get your holiday reading!

The Swimmers by Katherine Torrens

New Zealand story of a young gay runaway, Celie. From hotels, makeshift camps and squats she writes her dead grandmother letters in which she describes the failure of her first tenuous gay relationship and her confusion of swimming and dying, which she thinks are the same. Her story parallels that of her lost Uncle Jack - rejected by his mother for being homosexual - who is dying of AIDs ... more

Dress. Special issue: LGBTQ+ fashions, styles, and bodies
Special issue of Dress: the Journal of the Costume Society of America that is focused on LGBTQ+ fashions, styles and bodies … guest editorial by Kelly L. Reddy-Best

Support LILAC's fundraising and get a little gift for yourself or a friend

LILAC gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support we receive from the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians.

The A&A Trust  commemorates the support of Bette Armstrong and Bea Arthur for the lesbian community in Wellington. It is a registered charity that welcomes bequests and donations to enable it to assist lesbian communities in the Wellington region.

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  • Cheque payments can also be posted to LILAC Inc, PO Box 427, Wellington 6140 with a completed name.
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