August 2022 news from LILAC
Kia ora

Welcome to the August LILAC newsletter with news of our Quiz Night, the Winter Art Exhibition, a great raffle, Book Group news, and new titles in the library this month. Come in and visit LILAC soon - Wellington's premier lesbian space, and cosy at this time of year.

Quiz night at Lilac Friday August 26th, 7pm - 9:30pm

Gather your lezzie friends for a fun night out.
Teams of 4 or register individually and we’ll put you into a team
$20 per team, or $5 per person entry
Nibbles provided, BYO drinks
Last Monster Yummy raffle ticket sales before we do the live draw

Register your team by emailing

 If you have a team, tell us your team’s name and names of team members
If you want to join a team, just your name
Payment: Cash or online (on the night or before). LILAC bank account: Westpac 030502 0030496 00 using your name and "Quiz" as the reference.
Be in quick! Space is limited in the LILAC Lounge, so we will need registrations before the event.

All lesbians welcome.

Note: this is the last opportunity to see the Winter Art Exhibition.

Winter Art Exhibition in the LILAC Lounge

The Lilac Winter Art Exhibition opening was enjoyed by the fifteen or so women who attended, with conversation, drinks, snacks and a great variety of artwork to look at. Thanks to the Artists and attendees for making it such a lovely evening.

The Exhibition will run in the LILAC Lounge until just after Quiz Night, Friday 26th August, so there’s still time to check it out & put bids in for two wonderful paintings donated by Ros Bignell, that are being sold by silent (& anonymous) auction, or purchase one of the other pieces. Drop in soon!

Monster yummy hamper raffle

LILAC is running a raffle with a yummy hamper as prize. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 - cash or online banking on the spot with your cellphone app.

Tickets are available at LILAC and also at some local lesbian gatherings (Overlanders, Coasters). Drop in at the LILAC Lounge soon for your tickets as well as some great reading.

The raffle will be drawn at the LILAC quiz night in August.

Book review

Material Girls: Why reality Matters for Feminism, by Kathleen Stock

by Jenny

Material Girls: Why reality Matters for Feminism is an important book by Kathleen Stock, a lesbian and until recently, Professor of Philosophy at Sussex University in the UK. This book takes its place in LILAC's small yet comprehensive collection on sex, gender and identity and makes a case for the importance of material reality for women and lesbians, in contrast to the theories of other authors in this section, such as Gayle Rubin, Pat Califia, Annemarie Jagose and Judith Butler. Stock works in the analytic tradition and her domain of expertise is philosophy of fiction, which she draws on to develop her theory that current thinking about gender identity is based on a form of immersive fiction. Though her frame of reference is the political situation in the UK, she draws on international history and evidence and her insights and suggestions are highly relevant for the interested New Zealand reader. And while she ultimately rejects gender identity theory and argues in favour of maintaining a distinction between gender identity and sex, her approach to this controversial subject is compassionate and collaborative. If you're interested, outraged or just confused as to what the fuss to do with gender identity is all about, this book is as good a place as any to start.

It's cosy at the LILAC Lounge. Come along for August Book Group or just pop in to get some reading or movies. Tea, coffee and bikkies available.

Book Group Wednesday 10th August 6.15 - 7.30pm

This month Book Group is featuring fiction from other places - from Africa, Asia, Latin America

New books on the shelves

arriving August 10th for Book Group!

fictional account of her adolescent  relationship
more on goodreads
family saga set in 1970s 
for hospice & palliative care professionals
publisher's website
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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