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We know it can be difficult to find historic content or commentary about lesbian women, lesbian communities and the lesbian cultural experience, as well as about all our queer/rainbow communities in Aotearoa. Thankfully the internet has made it easier for us to find content and share it with you! This page has links to articles, research papers, organisations and interesting tidbits to enjoy or help with research and making connections.
Magazines & Publications
Aotearoa Websites & Institutions
Lesbian and Gay Archive NZ is part of the Alexander Turnbull Library, the National Library of Aotearoa in Wellington. They collect, preserve and make available for research the records and personal papers of LGBTTIFQ people and organisations in Aotearoa.
They are currently digitising their collections.
LILAC (Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre) Library in Wellington is a lending library for women whose primary relationships are with women. It is located at 187 Willis Street and you can browse its catalogue online.
Women's History NZ's focus is to promote and preserve NZ Women’s History. Their goal is to create a resource that is accessible to everyone and that highlights the enormous contribution of women to the history of Aotearoa.
PrideNZ.com is a website exploring the voices and opinions of Aotearoa New Zealand's Takatāpui LGBTI Rainbow communities. It has over 800 audio recordings of interviews and local events, and the site includes a timeline, map and important dates.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has several useful links - to objects that are part of their queer collections, to stories about LGBTI+ communities in Aotearoa and a list of links to a wide range of resources about LGBTI+ communities.
NZ History Nga korero a ipurangi o Aotearoa has a series of articles about lesbian and women's history in Aotearoa, each with useful links.
The National Library guide to queer history with helpful links
Aotearoa Articles, Essays, and Information:
Women's Studies Journal is published by the Women's Studies Association (NZ) Pae Akoranga Wahine WSA (NZ) which is a feminist organisation formed to promote radical social change through women's studies. This recent issue contains articles on lesbian and LGBTI+ community
PhD by Lisa Melville about lesbians having children.
Pre 1970s Lesbian Life in Aotearoa by Alison Laurie
Bibliography published in 2013 by Tony Millett of a wide range of published work on homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transsexualism and transvestism in Aotearoa.
Lesbian archive in the Auckland Library
Queer 1950s: Moral Panic or Critical Mass? The Queer Contradictions of 1950s New Zealand by Chris Brickell
search for more by Chris Brickell at,,,,, https://www.brickell.nz/home/index.php
Aotearoa Art & Creative Media
Craccum Archive - University of Auckland student magazine. It was one of the first to published stories and photos about the Gay Liberation movement, gay rights and did a gay pride week edition.
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