What's on at LILAC in November
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A reminder about the LILAC AGM, news about a new Sketch Group at LILAC, another Coming Out meet-up, November Book Group and new titles for the library, plus a report on Lesbian Herstory Month at LILAC

LILAC's Annual General Meeting

The twenty-seventh Annual General Meeting of LILAC will be held in the LILAC Lounge on the second floor of 187 Willis Street at 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th November 2022. All members are urged to attend.

Light refreshments will be available prior to the meeting.

The Annual Report has been sent to members and is also available on the website.

Nominations are open for the Collective. The nomination form is available on the website and is also p. 6 of the Annual Report. We can have, and need, 10 to share the work. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.

Reminder: you need to be a financial member to vote at the AGM. If you received a reminder recently that your subscription is due, please pay soon or arrive early for the AGM with cash.

Lesbian Herstory Month at LILAC

The theme for this year's Lesbian History Month was Lesbians Together. Social Activity and Political Activism. A social gathering during the evening of Friday 14 October saw a pleasing number of visitors gather for drinks, nibbles and discussion. A short introduction outlined the vibrant local lesbian culture that grew from the early 1970s, throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. The map of lesbian Wellington, along with selected photographs, captured the iconic pubs, clubs and dance and ball venues from that time. The open discussion that followed highlighted the numerous lesbian spaces and events that existed for socialising: dancing, playing pool, drinking, eating, and talking. In other words, locations in which to enjoy just being with other lesbians. Many speakers noted the marked contrast with nowadays. Those present also appreciated hearing from our two foreign visitors about Australian and German experiences.

A small group of women who attended the Political Activism session listened to a 2015 interview with Tighe Instone about her activities during the campaign for homosexual law reform - amazing listening for those of us who weren't there.

Lesbian History Month at LILAC closed with Dr Sonja Ellis (University of Waikato) meeting a group of lesbians born approximately 1950 to 1975 to discuss the scope of her proposed research project, which focuses on lesbians and ageing in Aotearoa. The friendly and useful discussion looked at lesbian communities during the Pride era and what has changed since. Some of the issues facing older lesbians now were highlighted.

Sketch Group at LILAC

DRAWING inspiration from the lives of lesbians. An informal sketching group is meeting at LILAC on the 4th Wednesday of the month 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Beginning on Wednesday 23rd November, and resuming on January 25th 2023.

BYO your sketch pad, pencils etc, or we can provide some.

Tea/coffee available. Koha

An event coming soon to LILAC for women who have recently or are thinking about coming out as lesbian to meet in a relaxed and supportive social environment. Pass it on - let your friends know!

Lesbian Fair Saturday April 1st 2023 ... SAVE the date

LILAC will be holding a lesbian fair, partly as a fund riser, but also as an opportunity for the community to gather and socialise. It will be a great opportunity for the arty and crafty amongst us to show or sell their creations. We'll publish more details about being a stallholder soon.

If any members are keen to help us organise the fair, please contact one of the collective, or email lilac@lesbian.net.nz

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

Book Group Wednesday 9th November 6.15  - 7.30pm

This month Book Group is featuring fiction by Sarah Waters - check the titles at LILAC on our tinycat catalogue

New books on the shelves

arriving November 9th for Book Group!
we're getting some outstanding new titles - drop in soon for great reading

Hannah on the road to Nanette
more on goodreads
2022 Lambda Lit Lesbian Fiction award winner 
more on goodreads
Bio of C19th French painter Rosa Bonheur
more on goodreads
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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