Palmerston North City Library is hosting a Pride Fest this June. We have a range of inclusive community events such as talks from Kyle Mewburn, Ruby Dax and Renee; the screening of More than Four Films, and rainbow pet accessories workshops and parade.
Pride Festivals are held to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which began a wave of protests that sparked the international Pride movement.
“This is a time to celebrate our diverse community and explore the theme of pride,” says Elise Goodge Palmerston North City Libraries Programmes Team Leader. “It’s a time to ask, what does the Pride movement and celebration mean for our LGBTQI communities and for our city as a whole?”
Kyle Mewburn is one of New Zealand’s most successful children’s authors having won multiple awards for her funny and engaging books. Last year, after 50 years of grappling with her transgender identity, and with the support of her wife Marion, she began navigating the process of change.
Kyle will discuss on Thursday 28 June her own personal journey and her writing, and how these two things intertwine, in her talk; Dinosaurs, Dragons and Dresses – The Road to Transition. The community is invited to bring their questions and books for signing. The book signing is 3.45pm – 4.30pm and her talk is at 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Events Central in the Central Library.
Renée is a leading lesbian feminist, dramatist and fiction writer. She has described herself as a ‘lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals’ and most of her writing is a direct expression of that conviction. Her plays, short stories and novels are characterised by their direct approach to women’s experience, whether lesbian, feminist, historical, or rooted in memoir. On Saturday 30 June from 5 – 7pm, you can listen to Renēe discuss with Mary McCullam her thoughts and views.
More Than Four are a series of videos from InsideOUT, exploring the identities and experiences of and beyond ‘LGBT’ identities. Film makers interviewed over 30 members of the rainbow community to create a series of short videos exploring their experiences.
The film’s aim is to give localised visibility and representation to some of the more marginalised experiences within rainbow communities, simultaneously providing opportunities to see ourselves reflected and to learn about the experiences of others that make up our community. Join InsideOUT for some supper and a chat after the screenings on 27 June from 5.30pm – 7pm at the Central Library.
For something quite different get hands-on at the rainbow pet accessories workshops. Make your dog or cat the brightest, blingiest and most colourful on the street. The library is supplying materials or you can bring your own. There are two workshops on Tuesday 26 June from 5pm – 7pm at the Central Library and then Friday 29 June at Youth Space from 5pm – 7pm.
Then you can enter your pet in the competition for the best dressed pet at the inaugural Rainbow Pet Parade. Join everyone at the railway land for a walk of solidarity and fun. Paws to reflect on how far the rainbow community has come and the work still to be done.
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