lesbians

Lesbians In Print

1985 – 1992

Theme: Lesbian

The first issue of the magazine Lesbians In Print (LIP) was launched in Auckland in May 1985

Lesbian Links

1987 – 1993

Theme: Lesbian

This essay written by Moira Margaret was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

Lesbian Links, a Hamilton organisation, provided a supportive, safe environment for lesbians to meet, information on local lesbian events, and an upfront community organisation for lesbian visibility. 

Lesbian Community Radio Programme

1984 –

Theme: Lesbian

This essay written by Linda Evans was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Linda Evans in 2019.

The first lesbian content on Access Radio was part of 'Leave the Dishes in the Sink', a 1981 series of six programmes made by a feminist collective, which included some lesbians. 

SHE

1973 – 1977

Theme: Lesbian

This essay written by Linda Evans was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

In winter 1973, six Christchurch lesbians met to talk about their lives and work out what the new ideas of women's liberation and gay liberation meant to them. Others soon joined them in large weekly meetings. For some, informal meetings and relaxed socialising were sufficient; others felt 'a growing awareness of and anger at the constant prejudice we face'. [1] Together they formed SHE, settling on 'Sisters for Homophile Equality' to fit the letters. [2]

Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund

1979 – 1992

Theme: Lesbian

This essay written by Yoka Neuman was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993.

Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund (LMDF) was based in Dunedin. It aimed to provide a positive support system for lesbian mothers, whether single or previously married, who were faced with possibly losing custody of their children. Support took two forms: working to dispel myths and misinformation about lesbian mothers and their children; and supporting the women concerned through networking, information and advice in connection with custody disputes. Heterosexual mothers were also able to use LMDF information in custody cases.

Amazons Softball Club

1977 – 2011

Theme: Lesbian

This essay written by Rachell-Rose was first published in Women Together: a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand in 1993. It was updated by Lynette Townsend in 2018.

1977 – 1993

Wellington lesbians began their own softball club, Amazons, in 1977. In every season they played, Amazons fielded both social and competitive teams. 'Amazons' was agreed on as a suitable name at the inaugural meeting: it had connotations of 'big strong women' and 'female warriors'. The earliest uniforms were light purple, a 'gay' colour.

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