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Pasifika lesbian group formed to bring LGBT community together

Oct 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

CAPTION: Jac Lynch, Mr Brey kin Hearts and Bex Davis at the first BOX party. PHOTO: Jessica Savage Photography

A NEW group that brings together women in the Pasifika lesbian community has held its first party to raise funds for Wellington Rape Crisis.

BOX was formed recently by friends interested in creating a fun, proud way to create ties within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Co-organiser Fetu-ole-moana Tamapeau also works for the WCC’s Pacific Advisory Group, and believes in the importance of creating visibility for queer Pacific women.

“It’s good to have something especially for us, and we like the idea of women of colour promoting sexual freedom in Wellington,” she says.

It was decided that to boost the events, BOX would choose organisations to raise funds for.

“We all love going out and having a good time but we also wanted to do something helpful,” she says

Rebecca Djentuh, also a founding member, says they are aiming to create a known presence around town- especially at events such as the Marriage Equality Rally.

She says the LGBT community is quite big in Wellington, but female-focused events have been lacking.

“There are some events especially for gay men, such as the ‘Urge Black’ dance parties, but we needed our own version,” she says.

The group’s first event, “Shirts and Skirts” (a name that plays on traditional gender roles), was held in September at Emperor’s Bathhouse.

The guests sipped cocktails and danced to music played by a DJ.

They also enjoyed first-time performances by local drag kings.

Ms Tamapeau estimates that three quarters of the organisers were Samoan.

Through door sales, the event raised $1320.70 and the entire amount was presented to Wellington Rape Crisis.

Agency manager Natalie Gousmett says she was honoured to receive the cheque: “We’ve had a really amazing response from the Wellington community since our funding was recently cut.

“It is fantastic to have groups like BOX do all the work and organise a fantastic event like this one.”

Ms Djentuh is looking forward to organising future events for BOX.

“More parties are definitely on the cards. Ideally, we’d like to do bi-monthly fundraising,” she says.

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