Historical Events in the 1980s

1980Gay Liberation Wellington ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980Gays In Education is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
It is later renamed to Gays and Lesbians are Everywhere in Education (GLEE).
1980Herstory Press ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980Labour MP Warren Freer again proposes homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
1980Lesbian Action for Visibility in Aotearoa (LAVA) is formed (New Zealand)
The lesbian feminist separatist group is formed in the 1980s (specific date unknown).
1980Lesbian Liberation Week is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980The Gay Health Workers Alliance ends (New Zealand)
1980The Gay Information Centre is established (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1980The group Auckland Gay Rights Activists ends (Auckland, New Zealand)
1980The group Gay Rights of Waikato ends (Waikato region, New Zealand)
1980The Lesbian Legal Advisory Committee is formed (New Zealand)
1980The Lesbian Mothers' Defence Fund is formed (New Zealand)
1980The Network Group is formed to oppose the Warren Freer Bill (New Zealand)
1980The play Blood of the Lamb by Bruce Mason premieres (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The play focuses on a lesbian couple with child.
1980Behind Enemy Lines newsletter begins (Wellington, New Zealand)
1980Bitches, Witches and Dykes newsletter begins (Auckland, New Zealand)
Feb 1980The Auckland Gay Task Force is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is formed as a result of the Westside Sauna raid.
Links: LAGANZ
1 Feb 1980Police raid Westside Sauna (Auckland, New Zealand)
Eight men are arrested and charged.
Links: GayNZ.net.nz
8 Feb 1980600 people march to protest the raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.net.nz
22 Feb 1980Another protest march takes place against the police raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mar 1980The Lesbian Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street.
Mar 1980The Lesbian Liberation Army attacks the offices of the Sunday News after it runs an anti-lesbian story (New Zealand)
7 Mar 1980Lesbians march to mark International Lesbian Day (8 March) (New Zealand)
20 Mar 1980The Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund present a submission to the Select Committee considering the Guardianship Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
27 Mar 1980Newspaper report: Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) in New Zealand (New Zealand)
The group is open to doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals. LAGANZ notes that this group started in 1979.
Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ
30 Mar 1980The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection is formed (New Zealand)
5 Apr 1980The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin, New Zealand)
24 Apr 1980Arthur Ball stabs Miles MacFarlane to death (Wellington, New Zealand)
MacFarlane is a total stranger to Ball, who is later found not guilty on the grounds of insanity.
25 Apr 1980A group of lesbians attempt to augment an ANZAC Day service by carrying a coffin and laying a wreath in memory of women raped and killed in wartime (Wellington, New Zealand)
May 1980A group of gay men organise a National Offenders Day march to protest anti-gay laws in a carnival atmosphere (New Zealand)
Lesbians dykecott the march saying it fails to challenge the status quo.
May 1980New Zealand's first gay feature film Squeeze premieres (New Zealand)
The film was originally titled Night Moves.
Jun 1980A street-walk for lesbian visibility is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1980Lesbians and gay men picket the Russian embassy to protest at the treatment of homosexuals in the USSR (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1980The Warren Freer Bill is abandoned due to lack of support (New Zealand)
22 Jun 1980Gay Pride Week events take place (New Zealand)
Activities are held in Auckland, Gisborne, Wellington and Dunedin. In Auckland, the week runs from Sunday 22- Sunday 29 June.
Links: Auckland Museum
Jul 1980Mayor Michael Fowler stops a lesbian community notice being displayed on Wellington City Council buses (Wellington, New Zealand)
Fowler objects to the notice that invites lesbians to "contact your local community".
Jul 1980The Gay Information Centre opens (Christchurch, New Zealand)
7 Jul 1980Lesbians and gays again picket the Russian embassy in protest at oppression in the USSR (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 Jul 1980Enzo Francone attempts to chain himself to the railings in front of the Kremlin in Red Square (Moscow, Russia)
Francone is protesting Article 121 of the Russian penal code, and for the release of two imprisoned gay men. He is beaten by police.
Links: ILGA
Sep 1980A group of lesbians join protests against the US nuclear-powered warship Truxtun (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group holds a banner reading "Lesbian Activity Today Stops Radioactivity Tomorrow."
Sep 1980A workshop on lesbianism is held during the first national hui for Black women (New Zealand)
Sep 1980Chief Human Rights Commissioner Pat Downey rejects National Gay Rights Coalition submissions (New Zealand)
Downey says discrimination is justified in some circumstances.
Sep 1980Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch, New Zealand)
16 Sep 1980Arthur Ball is found not guilty of murdering Miles MacFarlane (on the grounds of insanity) (Wellington, New Zealand)
Oct 1980The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand is published (New Zealand)
The publication is a mail-out to members of minutes of a meeting of the Coalition's executive, held in Wellington on 27 and 28 September.
Links: WorldCat
4 Oct 1980The first Lesbian Librarians' Week is held (New Zealand)
Events take place in Wellington and Christchurch.
10 Oct 1980200 women take part in a lesbian march (Wellington, New Zealand)
It is followed by a Lesbian Liberation Dance attended by 300 people.
Nov 1980Overnight Wellington City Council buses are covered in stickers promoting the Wellington Lesbian Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Dec 1980Lesbians paste up anti-Christmas posters (Wellington, New Zealand)
Posters appear in Wellington and Hastings.
1981The 9th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1981The Gay Welfare Conference is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1981The Otago Gay Support group ends (Otago region, New Zealand)
1981The Waxing Moon archive begins in Hamilton (Hamilton, New Zealand)
1981The Women's Place bookshop opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The bookshop is located in Cuba Street.
1981The Young Gays Group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The group is formed circa 1981 and works closely with the University Gays Group.
1981The Young Lesbian and Gay group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
1981University Gay Liberation Auckland ends (Auckland, New Zealand)
1981How to work with the media: a manual for lesbian and gay rights groups is published (New Zealand)
The manual is published by the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand.
Jan 1981Gays and lesbians picket the office of the Human Rights Commission (Wellington, New Zealand)
Feb 1981Lesbians picket the Human Rights Commission office (Auckland, New Zealand)
6 Feb 1981Lesbians carry a "Lesbians Oppose Racism" banner to protest Waitangi commemorations (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1981Lesbians dykecott the census in protest at the Human Rights Commission's denial of human rights (New Zealand)
30 Mar 1981The Lesbian Gay Media Collective is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group produces New Zealand's first Lesbian and Gay radio programme during Pride 1981 for Wellington Access Radio. The group later merges with the Pink Triangle Publishing Collective in 1982.
Apr 1981National Lesbian Mothers' weekend is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
5 Apr 1981The first broadcast of Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
Wellington Access Radio was the first community access radio station to broadcast regularly in New Zealand. The first broadcast featured the feminist show Leave Your Dishes in the Sink which is lesbian run and lesbian-oriented (although it wasn't explicitly stated).
25 Apr 1981"Lesbian Liberation" is painted on a war memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1981A lesbian activist weekend is held (New Zealand)
Jun 1981The Grey Lynn / Ponsonby Black Women's collective holds a Black Dykes' hui (Waiheke Island, New Zealand)
5 Jun 1981CDC reports five previously young, healthy gay men in Los Angeles having PCP (United States of America)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report later is acknowledged as the first published scientific account of what would become known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Links: CDC (1), CDC (2)
21 Jun 1981Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand)
A poster has the text "After thousands of years in hiding, we are moving into the light. Our right to live, our right to love". The week runs until 28 June.
Links: Te Papa
28 Jun 1981Possibly the first-ever (by/for/about) gay radio broadcast takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Gay Radio programme is broadcast on Wellington Access Radio - New Zealand's first community access radio station. It is produced as part of Gay Pride Week 1981.
Links: PrideNZ.com
10 Jul 1981Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler is picketed (San Francisco, United States of America)
A Chamber of Commerce dinner honouring Michael Fowler is picketed. Fowler had earlier stopped lesbian support notices being placed in Wellington City Council buses.
Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)
Sep 1981Lesbians and Gays Against Racism is formed during the campaign against the Springbok rugby tour (New Zealand)
1982Daybreak - New Zealand's first feminist bookshop closes (New Zealand)
Jan 1982The group Gays in Education ends (New Zealand)
1 Mar 1982Writer Frank Sargeson dies (New Zealand)
Apr 1982Mobilisation for the Opening of Parliament is formed (New Zealand)
22 Jun 1982Foolish Things by Peter Wells screens at the Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco, United States of America)
The film screens twice - at the Pacific Film Archives on Tuesday 22 June, and on Thursday 24 June.
Links: Bay Area Reporter (1) , Bay Area Reporter (2)
27 Jun 1982Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand)
The week runs until 3 July.
Links: PrideNZ.com
17 Jul 1982Eve van Grafhorst is born (New South Wales, Australia)
Links: Wikipedia
1983The first AIDS cases are reported in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Links: UNAIDS
22 Apr 1983The Topp Twins perform at Circa Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
2 May 1983The first international AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (San Francisco, United States of America)
Memorials are held in San Francisco and New York. There was no memorial held in 1984.
Aug 1983The Gay and Lesbian Information Centre is formed (Dunedin, New Zealand)
It is later absorbed by the Otago Gay and Lesbian Welfare Council in 1984.
12 Dec 1983The Laetus Social Club ends (New Zealand)
1984The Lesbian Community Programme begins broadcasting weekly on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
The programme is probably the longest running community radio braodcast in New Zealand.
1984The National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand ends (New Zealand)
1984The Otago Lesbian and Gay Welfare Council is formed (Otago region, New Zealand)
1984The Wanganui Gay Rights Group ends (Whanganui, New Zealand)
9 Mar 1984A television interview is broadcast with a man who would become the first person to die from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The 29-year-old man had been infected overseas and had come back from Sydney to New Plymouth. He dies in April 1984.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Apr 1984Death of the first person in New Zealand from AIDS related conditions (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The man is interviewed on television in March 1984 shortly before his death in New Plymouth. The man's sister, Pat, is interviewed on television in March 1985.
Links: Auckland University, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (2)
10 Apr 1984Customs officials raid Gay's the Word bookstore (London, United Kingdom)
The raid was named Operation Tiger and the bookstore was subsequently charged with conspiring to import indecent literature.
22 May 1984The New South Wales government votes to decriminalise male homosexual acts (New South Wales, Australia)
The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples). The law is enacted on 8 June 1984.
Links: Wikipedia
1 Jun 1984The AIDS Support Network is established (New Zealand)
The Network has branches throughout the country, including Auckland. The Wellington branch is established by Bruce Burnett, Phil Parkinson, Bill Logan and possibly others.
Links: GayNZ.net, LAGANZ
8 Jun 1984Male homosexual activity becomes legal in New South Wales (New South Wales, Australia)
The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples).
Links: Wikipedia
7 Jul 1984MP Fran Wilde meets with members of the gay community to discuss law reform options (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
Aug 1984A survey indicates that the new Parliament may be more supportive of homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The survey is conducted by the Pink Triangle magazine. 15 of the new 23 MPs support both decriminalisation and human rights legislation.
Links: LAGANZ
Aug 1984Bruce Burnett begins a nationwide one-person AIDS education roadshow (New Zealand)
1 Sep 1984The Wellington Gay Task Force is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group is formed by John McDavitt, Bill Logan and others.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
Oct 1984The media report that a non-hospitalised person with AIDS is living in Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
22 Oct 1984Churches in New Zealand attempt to block the television series Jesus the Evidence (New Zealand)
The BBC series contains references to homosexuality.
Links: YouTube
6 Nov 1984The Christchurch Gay Task Force is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
10 Nov 1984The Auckland Gay Task Force is reformed to campaign for homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
The main spokesperson for the group is Peter Wall.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
1985The Dunedin Gay Task Force is formed (Dunedin, New Zealand)
1985The Gisborne Gay Task Force is formed (Gisborne, New Zealand)
The Task Force consisted of Trevor Lawler and Chris Piesse who who left the area in the face of anti-gay discrimination and harassment.
1985The Greater Auckland Business Association (GABA) is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Association later renames to the Gay Auckland Business Association.
1985The group Accept: Human Rights for Homosexuals is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
1985The group Campaign for Tolerance is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The largely heterosexual group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign.
Jan 1985The Hawke's Bay Gay Society ends (Hawke's Bay region, New Zealand)
12 Jan 1985A lesbian camp is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
2 Feb 1985Gay BC begins broadcasting a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Gay Broadcasting Collective is formed to connect the community and advocate for homosexual law reform.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
2 Feb 1985Jeff Whittington is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Whittington was later murdered in Wellington by Jason Meads and Stephen Smith in May 1999.
Links: Wikipedia
19 Feb 1985Civil libertarian Walter Scott dies (New Zealand)
8 Mar 1985Labour MP Fran Wilde introduces the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill passes its first reading 51 to 24 votes.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, LAGANZ
14 Mar 1985MPs Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Norman Jones and Alan Wallbank launch the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
18 Mar 1985The AIDS Support Network becomes a charitable trust (New Zealand)
The name is changed to the AIDS Support Network Trust.
Links: LAGANZ, GayNZ.net
20 Mar 1985Keith Hay and Peter Tait take over the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
21 Mar 1985The Salvation Army announces it will administer the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
27 Mar 1985The anti-homosexual law reform petition is circulated in some schools (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga
30 Mar 1985Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Williams appears on TV 1 news.
31 Mar 1985Homosexual law reform campaigners picket Salvation Army citadels throughout the country (New Zealand)
The Salvation Army is a vocal opponent of homosexual law reform.
2 Apr 1985The media reports the Auckland Blood Transfusion Service is sampling AIDS testing kits (Auckland, New Zealand)
11 Apr 1985The Government announces funding for a blood screening program to combat the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
12 Apr 1985A public meeting is held on the North Shore to debate homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
13 Apr 1985Large numbers of homosexual law reform campaigners disrupt an anti-reform rally (New Zealand)
13 Apr 1985The National Council of Churches votes in support of decriminalising homosexuality (New Zealand)
14 Apr 1985A public debate is held on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
26 Apr 1985Public submissions close on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
May 1985A street march takes place to support homosexual law reform (Wellington, New Zealand)
6 May 1985A lesbian and gay commemoration of the Holocaust is held on the steps of the National War Memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
19 May 1985International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The memorial services are held annually on the third Sunday in May.
21 May 1985A rally in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The rally is held in Wellington Town Hall, starting at 8pm. The rally is billed as "entertainment, speakers, and lots of fun".
Links: Te Papa
21 May 1985The pro-homosexual law reform Bigot Busters rally is held at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ
22 May 1985The Human Rights Commission comes out in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
24 May 1985A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
People are asked to assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm
Links: Te Papa
24 May 1985A rally in support of homosexual law reform is held in the Auckland Town Hall (Auckland, New Zealand)
The event is emceed by a Topp Twin and features music, dance and speeches.
24 May 1985Dr David Cooper is interviewed about how homosexual law reform may impact the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
The interview is broadcast on Eyewitness News, TV1.
26 May 1985The media reports claims that Gay visibility week has resulted in harassment (New Zealand)
1 Jun 1985AIDS activist and educator Bruce Burnett dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ, LAGANZ
5 Jun 1985The media reports self-defense courses for gay men are becoming more popular (New Zealand)
This follows a reported increase in gay bashings as the Homosexual Law Reform Bill moves through Parliament.
10 Jun 1985A public meeting is held to discuss homosexual law reform (Auckland, New Zealand)
Labour MP Fran Wilde goes head-to-head with opponents of the Bill.
10 Jun 1985Three more people are diagnosed with AIDS in New Zealand promoting health warnings (New Zealand)
18 Jun 1985The group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand)
The group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign.
Links: LAGANZ
18 Jun 1985The media reports calls for homosexual law reform to help reduce the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)
14 Jul 1985Artist Theo Schoon dies
24 Jul 1985The media reports New Zealand's first locally-contracted case of AIDS (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Health Department says the man from Wellington hadn't been overseas - but this is disputed by a Gay Task force spokesperson.
6 Aug 1985American Presbyterian Pastor Louis P. Sheldon warns New Zealand about homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Sheldon founded the Traditional Values Coalition in 1984. He is invited to New Zealand in 1985 to oppose law reform.
Links: Wikipedia
6 Aug 1985The media reports blood testing kits are now available to test for AIDS (New Zealand)
9 Aug 1985The media reports on an AIDS awareness campaign that will cost half a million dollars (New Zealand)
30 Aug 1985The national gay and lesbian Bigot Busters Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Approximately 150 people attend the conference at Victoria University.
Links: LAGANZ
Sep 1985The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is formed (New Zealand)
The Foundation grows out of the AIDS Support Network, after receiving a Government grant in April 1985.
8 Sep 1985Activist Alison Laurie appears on television to debate homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Laurie is responding to Barry Reid, a staunch opponent of law reform. The programme airs on TV1 at 9.30pm.
9 Sep 1985The media reports New Zealand's eleventh case of AIDS (New Zealand)
11 Sep 1985A picket in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The picket takes place at the Queen Victoria statue on Cambridge Terrace.
13 Sep 1985A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
People assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm. They then walk along Lambton Quay. Some scuffles break out between marchers and anti-reform protesters.
Links: Te Papa
24 Sep 1985The Coalition of Concerned Citizens present an anti-homosexual law reform petition to Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The petition reportedly has 800,000 signatures, but this is later discredited.
Links: Te Papa
2 Oct 1985Actor Rock Hudson dies from AIDS-related complications (Los Angeles, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
2 Oct 1985The Select Committee investigating the Homosexual Law Reform Bill votes to end public hearings (New Zealand)
The Committee ends public hearings despite 85 people still waiting to be heard.
9 Oct 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill begins in Parliament (New Zealand)
The second reading will take four weeks.
Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ
16 Oct 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
21 Oct 1985Testing of all donated blood for AIDS antibodies begins (New Zealand)
23 Oct 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
5 Nov 1985Parliament debates the petition against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
6 Nov 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
20 Nov 1985The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) considers the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
1986The Lesbian Feminist Circle publication ends (New Zealand)
2 Jan 1986Artist Leo Bensemann dies (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Mar 1986The first annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair took place on either the 8th or 15th March 1986. The fair was promoted as "a fair for a fair law" which referred to homosexual law reform. The fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
5 Mar 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
25 Mar 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
2 Apr 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
9 Apr 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
16 Apr 1986Part 2 of the Homosexual Law Reform is voted down in Parliament (New Zealand)
Part 2 of the Bill contained anti-discrimination measures.
Links: PrideNZ.com
26 May 1986International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
9 Jul 1986Part 1 of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is narrowly passed by Parliament, 49 votes to 44 (New Zealand)
Part 2 of the Bill dealing with anti-discrimination measures was lost on 16 April 1986.
Links: Wikipedia
11 Jul 1986The Burnett Clinic is opened by Health Minister Dr Michael Bassett (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Burnett Clinic is named after Bruce Burnett and is the first HIV/AIDS clinic in New Zealand.
11 Jul 1986The Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) is signed into law by the Governor General (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ, Queer History
8 Aug 1986The Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) is enacted (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ, Queer History
9 Aug 1986Gay Games II takes place (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
23 Aug 1986The Lesbians and Gays in Education conference is held (New Zealand)
30 Aug 1986A Women's Studies conference is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
11 Sep 1986The Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre is damaged by arson (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
12 Nov 1986A national conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand)
Links: Gay BC
13 Nov 1986The lesbian festival Celebrating Ourselves is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
1987The New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society ends (New Zealand)
The Society's files are donated to the Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre.
9 Feb 1987The media reports that the Rev Carl Titchener is giving out condoms during church services (New York, United States of America)
Titchener, a Unitarian minister in New York, gives out condoms to help prevent the spread of AIDS.
22 Feb 1987Artist Andy Warhol dies (New York, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
Mar 1987Gay rights activists demonstrate against visiting evangelist Leighton Ford (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1987The second annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
11 Apr 1987The Awhina Clinic opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The HIV/AIDS clinic is later renamed the Awhina Centre.
May 1987Glad Rag magazine begins publication (Wellington, New Zealand)
17 May 1987International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The Bay Area Reporter notes that memorials are held in at least four cities in New Zealand.
Links: Bay Area Reporter
Jul 1987Trevor Barnard stands as an openly gay candidate for the NZ Democratic party in Eastern Hutt (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
Aug 1987Wellington City Council grants same-sex partners of bus-drivers the same free travel passes as opposite-sex partners (Wellington, New Zealand)
6 Nov 1987A Death in the Family by Peter Wells screens for a week at the Castro Theatre (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
19 Nov 1987National MP Norman Jones dies (New Zealand)
Jones had been a vehement opponent of homosexual law reform. He dies of a brain tumor.
27 Dec 1987Writer and educator Rewi Alley dies (Beijing, China)
Links: Wikipedia, Te Ara
1988The Dorian Society ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1988The third annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
30 May 1988International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
4 Aug 1988Photographer Brian Brake dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
Oct 1988A national hui for Maori lesbians is held (New Zealand)
12 Oct 1988The New Zealand Navy announces its gay-friendly policy (New Zealand)
31 Oct 1988Peter Cuthbert dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Cuthbert is remembered in the first panel of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt
1 Dec 1988The first World AIDS Day is held internationally
1 Dec 1988The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is launched on World AIDS Day (Wellington, New Zealand)
Inspired by the NAMES Project, the New Zealand quilt is established by the People With AIDS Collective. The first panel is presented by Daniel Fielding for his partner Peter Cuthbert who had died in October 1988.
Links: NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt
1989The Auckland Gay Men's Health Group is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
1989The Crimes Act incorporates Homosexual Law Reform Act amendments (New Zealand)
1989The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre utilises space at the Evergreen Coffee Lounge.
1989The Rock of Life Ministries is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The group is formed circa 1989 (exact date unknown).
1989The social group Spectrum is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
Links: Spectrum, LAGANZ
1989The Women's Place bookshop closes (Wellington, New Zealand)
24 Feb 1989The Lesbian Club ends (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Club ends for the third time.
Mar 1989The fourth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras.
13 Mar 1989Lesbian and gay visibility week takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 Mar 1989Tom McLean's book If I Should Die is launched at Turnbull House (Wellington, New Zealand)
McLean dies a few days later from AIDS-related complications.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat
24 Mar 1989The National Gay and Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is building bridges.
24 Mar 1989Tom McLean, journalist and author of If I Should Die dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat
13 May 1989The Young Lesbian and Gay Festival is held in Newtown School Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 May 1989International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Jun 1989The group GLAD is formed (Hamilton, New Zealand)
The group is formed to work for anti-discrimination, including the broadening of the Human Rights Act.
2 Jun 1989Singer Judy Small performs at St Patricks Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
5 Jun 1989A South Island lesbian conference is held at Christchurch Polytech (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Sep 1989The Gay Motorbike Club is formed (New Zealand)
It soon became the Mercury Motorbike Club.
14 Oct 1989Artist Rodney Kennedy dies
3 Nov 1989A national hui for Maori Lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae.