On the first Sunday of every month you’ll find a group of walkers in inner city Wellington unlocking the hidden stories of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rainbow history.
Spaces, places, individuals and movements are covered in these free walk tours run by hosts Gareth Watkins and Roger Smith from Walk Tours NZ. What started out as a one-off event during the 2017 Pride Festival has now turned into regular outings – attracting as many as thirty walkers interested in exploring LGBTI lives.
In this special presentation Gareth and Roger will talk about the creation of the tours and then guide you on a virtual tour of LGBTI rainbow Wellington. You’ll learn about a soldier’s early same-sex love affair, hear about the only woman confined on Matiu Somes Island during WW1, discover poet Ursula Bethell’s Wellington connection, relive Georgina Beyer confronting members of Destiny Church on the steps of Parliament plus explore other historic moments linked with inner-city locations.
The event will also feature unique images and audio – bringing historic voices into the auditorium to create a rainbow connection between past and present.
City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. Its purpose is to foster discussion about architecture for a broader audience in a city that cares to openly discuss ideas relevant to our future.
The talk will be followed by refreshments.