NZ LGBTQI+ videos, articles, and links from around the web

Watch a documentary on voguing and FAFSWAG, listen to interviews with queer Kiwis, and dive into some excellent recent publications.


Pre-colonial attitudes to sex and gender fluidity (The Spinoff)

Decolonising gender and sexuality in Wellington City (Re:)

Auckland’s Underground Vogue Scene, a 26-minute Vice documentary about South Auckland arts collective FAFSWAG (Vice)

Read a profile and watch a short film on transgender activist Bella Simpson (NZ History)

TV interview with Carmen Rupe on Tonight at Nine, 1975 (Te Ara)

Extract from Carmen, a 1989 documentary about Carmen Rupe (Ngā Taonga)


RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan on Ngā Taonga’s sound recordings of transgender culture in New Zealand media (RNZ)


Rifling through the Top Drawer: Looking through Grant Lingard (Auckland Art Gallery)

Welcoming two books that act as windows into queer life in Aotearoa (The Spinoff)

The new historic list celebrating the nation’s rainbow landmarks (The Spinoff)

Re:’s LGBTQIA+ hub of articles (Re:)

From the Margins: What the Archives Show Us About Trans Cinema and Audiences (The Criterion Collection)

‘We’re part of New Zealand’s Pacific story’ (E-Tangata)

‘Rainbow Election 2020 highlights LGBTQI+ issues – and a lack of policy’ (The Spinoff)

Auckland’s Vogue Balls Are a Church for Queers, And Everyone Else’ (Vice)

A collection of interviews from diverse members of the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand (Pride NZ)


Crossing the Lines (Otago University Press, 2020)

Queer x Design highlights 50 years of LGBT+ graphic design (Dezeen, 2019)

Queer Objects (Otago University Press, 2019)

Exhibitions around the world


National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia)

Queer shines a light on the NGV Collection to examine and reveal the queer stories works of art can tell. The exhibition spans diverse media including painting, drawing, photography, decorative arts, fashion, video, sculpture, and design and explores queerness as an expression of sexuality and gender, a political movement, a sensibility, and as an attitude that defies fixed definition.”