Join us in Wellington Pride Festival 2019

InsideOUT are super excited for the Wellington Pride Festival coming up in March. Check out our events listed below, we hope you can come say hi!

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Walk with us in the Pride Hīkoi!


This year Gender Minorities Aotearoa and InsideOUT are excited to invite YOU to walk together in the Pride Community Hīkoi! The hīkoi is Wellington’s community organised march, which is run by the community elected volunteer pride board Out Wellington, that also brings you the Wellington Pride Festival and Out in the Park/ Out in the Square.

”The Pride Hīkoi is a march for the youth and young at heart, with a goal of celebrating Wellington’s beautifully diverse community”

  • Where: Waitangi Park, along the waterfront, to Civic Square. The route is mobility accessible and all ages are welcome.
  • When: March 16th, 10am sharp

Please feel free to dress up large, and bring along your messages for your younger self, and we will write them down and turn them into a poster!

Out in the Park

  • Where: Civic Square, next to the Wellington City Library on Victoria Street, Wellington CBD
  • When: March 16th from 10.30am1

At 10am, we will take part in the community Pride hīkoi from Waitangi Park to Civic Square.

From 10.30am – 4pm InsideOUT and OuterSpaces will be hosting a youth hang out space at Out in the Park – come and chill, play some games, do some colouring-in, or pick up some resources and have a chat.

We will also be selling their ‘Challenge Transphobia/Biphobia/Homophobia’ t-shirts, cute tote bags and running a pop up ‘fabulous hair do’ fundraiser!


Who Wants To Be A Gayzillionaire?

March 8th, 5.30pm. Thistle Hall, Cuba Street51204945_1508586965940023_1213768594052087808_n

Join us for a fun night to test your knowledge on all things rainbow, from history to cinema. Come with a group of friends, your queer straight alliance/rainbow diversity group, or by yourself to compete for the title of Gayzillionaire and try to win some awesome prizes. Drinks, snacks and lots of fun provided!

This event is for young people in high-school, or those aged 12-19, and has been organised by young people too. You can totally come by yourself and we’ll help you find a team (unless you want to compete as yourself!)

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The event will take place upstairs at Thistle Hall – this is wheelchair accessible via lift. There are gender neutral bathrooms. There is usually street parking available outside.

Get in touch if transport is an issue for you.



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A Writing Workshop with Chris Tse and Gem Wilder

March 9th, 3pm, Toi Poneke Arts Center 


Are you a young LGBTQIA+ person under 25 who loves to get their thoughts down on paper?

Join acclaimed writers Chris Tse and Gem Wilder for a writing workshop hosted by OuterSpaces and InsideOUT to celebrate Pride in New Zealand’s capital city.

This free workshop at the start of Wellington Pride Festival will provide a safe space to explore queer themes and stories through conversation and writing exercises. Participants should come prepared to write and give feedback on others’ writing.

Chris Tse studied film and English literature at Victoria University of Wellington, where he also completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.

His poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction has been widely published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including Best New Zealand Poems, Sport, Turbine, Capital Magazine, The Spinoff, The New Zealand Listener, Landfall, Cha, Poetry NZ, Sweet Mammalian, Glitterwolf, Cordite Poetry Review, Ika, Cyphers, Poetry, and Mimicry.

 Gem Wilder is a Wellington writer. She has been published in Sport, Turbine, The Spinoff, Is It Bedtime Yet?, and The Sapling. She has read her work at The Dowse, Enjoy Gallery, Kava Club Chop Suey Hui, LitCrawl, and the Common Ground Community Arts Festival.

 This workshop is totally free, with drinks and snacks provided – so make sure to book your place through Eventfinda now to avoid disappointment! We hope to see you soon!



Creating Rainbow Inclusive Schools – Wellington

 10th March, 2.30pm, St Andrew’s on The Terrace51527993_1508592365939483_4078630858452369408_n

InsideOUT are hosting a workshop, funded by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, for anyone wanting to make changes in their school to create more inclusive environments for rainbow young people. This is a great chance to connect with other schools and learn from each other about creating safe environments. By working together to celebrate our rainbow diversity, we can prevent and stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

The workshop will focus on tips for starting and sustaining a rainbow diversity group or queer straight alliance, and is suitable for groups of all stages. We will also look at key initiatives and events your school can take part in throughout the year, like Pink Shirt Day, an annual bullying prevention campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation. We’ll explore the Pink Shirt Day tagline ‘Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying’ and give you practical ways to use it within your school. We’ll explore what you want to achieve in your school and help you set goals for the year ahead.

The workshop is open to both high-school students and school staff to attend. Contact for further information or questions. The event is free to attend but please register at:

We’ll provide free resources and kai!



Being Supportive Parents, Friends and Whānau of Rainbow Youth


March 11th, 6.30pm, War Memorial Library, Lower Hutt

Join InsideOUT for a workshop to help parents, friends and whānau better understand their LGBTQIA+ loved ones, as well as the wider rainbow community. Bring your questions!



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March 12th, 6.30pm, War Memorial Library, Lower Hutt
Join InsideOUT at the Hutt City Library for a chance to learn more about LGBTQIA+ history, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. This workshop is aimed at young people aged 12-24!

Disney Pride Youth Ball

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23rd March, 6-9:30pm, Te Papa
Tickets $15 via Eventfinda

Its time again to hold the annual Wellington Pride Youth Ball.

The Ball will be part of the Wellington Pride Festival on March 23rd 2019, hosted by young people and supported by older folk from the rainbow community.

For students who don’t conform to sexuality or gender norms the usual school balls are often unwelcoming – partners banned, dress codes enforced, unsafe environments. This is a ball run for youth, by youth – Which offers a safe and diverse alternative to high school balls where all attendees are encouraged to come how they are comfortable and with the people they want to.

This years theme is “Disney Magic” so feel free to jump on board and dress up for the theme. We will be turning the Te Marae space at Te Papa into a magical venue for this space, even including a few Disney themed performances by some of Wellingtons Drag stars.

We offer a “pay it forward” option on tickets so if you would like to sponsor tickets for any youth please contact us on the email below. If you are a young person wishing to receive a sponsored ticket please message InsideOUT.

This event is for young people 18 and under or those still in high-school and is completely alcohol and drug free.

For any questions or comments please contact