Historical Events - Individual Events

6 May 1933Members of the German Student Union attack the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Berlin, Germany)
The attack follows a two-month Nazi purge of gay clubs and the banning of gay groups and publications.
Links: Wikipedia
10 May 1933Mobs of Nazi supporters burn books, including those taken from the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Germany)
The burning of books happens throughout Germany. Most notable is the book burning by students in Berlin's Opernplatz of over 25,000 volumes.
Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia
Jul 1967Lord Cobham declines an invitation to be patron of the Wolfenden Association (New Zealand)
Lord Cobham replied that "these people are mentally sick."
28 Jun 1969The Stonewall riots take place (New York, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
19 Sep 1971Ngahuia Te Awekotuku leads women's liberation in a Suffrage Day of Mourning (New Zealand)
Apr 1972The first National Women's Liberation Conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jun 1972The first Gay Pride week is held in New Zealand (New Zealand)
29 Aug 1972The first National Gay Liberation Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The conferences are held every year until 1989 (except 1983).
Links: TVNZ
1973The first United Women's Convention has a workshop for "homosexual" women (New Zealand)
24 Jun 1973Gay Pride Week activities are held (New Zealand)
Activities are held throughout New Zealand. In Dunedin the week runs from Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 June.
Links: National Library
29 Jun 1973A Gay Liberation march and rally takes place at Dunedin Town Hall (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The rally is part of Gay Pride Week activities.
Links: National Library
Mar 1974The first National Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Feb 1975Members of SHE Christchurch help organise the first Women's Refuge conference (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Feb 1975The second National Lesbian Conference is held (New Zealand)
Jun 1975The United Women's Convention is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
An estimated 200 women attended the lesbian feminist workshop.
Jun 1976Activists from Wellington Gay Liberation picket the National Party conference (Rotorua, New Zealand)
1977Gay Pride Week activities are organised (Whanganui, New Zealand)
1977Lesbians demand and get the removal of male reporters from the United Women's Convention (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Jan 1977A lesbian summer camp is held (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
The camp is held at Glentui in North Canterbury.
Jan 1977The first New Year's camp at Vinegar Hill takes place (Rangitikei region, New Zealand)
Links: Vinegar Hill
1 Jul 1977Gay Pride Week activities are organised throughout the country (New Zealand)
Oct 1977A National Gay Rights Coalition conference is held (New Zealand)
25 Mar 1978The National Coalition for Gay Rights conference is held at Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand)
Workshops include gay welfare, coming out, older gays, gays outside the main centres, politics of being gay, gays and other minorities, sexism and sex stereotyping.
Links: Salient, TVNZ
1979The first Reclaim The Night march is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
Dec 1979Puss-in-Boots bar is picketed for excluding lesbians and gays (New Zealand)
1980Lesbian Liberation Week is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
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 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)
5 Apr 1980The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin, New Zealand)
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.
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)
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
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 1980Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch, New Zealand)
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)
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)
Apr 1981National Lesbian Mothers' weekend is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
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)
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
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)
27 Jun 1982Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand)
The week runs until 3 July.
Links: PrideNZ.com
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.
12 Jan 1985A lesbian camp is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
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.
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)
14 Apr 1985A public debate is held on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
26 May 1986International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
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)
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)
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.
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
Aug 1987Wellington City Council grants same-sex partners of bus-drivers the same free travel passes as opposite-sex partners (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
Oct 1988A national hui for Maori lesbians is held (New Zealand)
1 Dec 1988The first World AIDS Day is held internationally
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)
24 Mar 1989The National Gay and Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is building bridges.
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)
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)
3 Nov 1989A national hui for Maori Lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae.
Mar 1990The fifth 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.
20 May 1990International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
21 May 1990An AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held in the foyer of the Beehive, Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The service features Sir Paul Reeves - the first patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, MP Fran Wilde, plus five panels of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
2 Jun 1990A lesbian gathering and conference is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
18 Aug 1990A lesbian ball is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mar 1991The sixth 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.
19 May 1991International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
4 Oct 1991HIV Alive '91 is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The two week event includes specialist workshops, seminars, celebrations and fundraisers. It also includes the first public unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
5 Oct 1991The first unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The first unveiling is held as part of the HIV Alive '99 event. 88 Australian and New Zealand quilt panels are displayed at the Auckland City Art Gallery. In the three months leading up to the event the number of New Zealand quilt panels had grown from 8 to 32. Soon after the gallery showing, the quilt panels were displayed at the Aotea Centre.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
7 Dec 1991The first Devotion dance party is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Tickets cost $20-$25.
Links: GayNZ.net
14 Dec 1991The Bring and Buy lesbian fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
21 Dec 1991The Dominion Dance is held at the Dominion Hotel (Wellington, New Zealand)
The dance is organised by Dykes Out Of Debt (DOODS).
Feb 1992HERO 2 festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival includes the first HERO parade.
Links: Wikipedia
Mar 1992The seventh 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.
18 Apr 1992The National Gay Rights Coalition Hui Aranga Easter gathering is held (New Zealand)
24 Apr 1992The Sheilas Arms begins a women only night (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The Shelias Arms later renames to Club 47. The building is demolished in October 1996.
Links: Fiona Clark
17 May 1992The 9th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
Over 200 cities around the world participate, with New Zealand being the first country in the world to hold memorials.
Links: Bay Area Reporter
Oct 1992The Lesbian, Gay and Christian National Conference is held (New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is sexism and heterosexism.
Links: LAGANZ
9 Oct 1992The first unveiling of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt takes place (Washington D.C., United States of America)
The quilt was unveiled in Washington D.C., USA. New Zealand is one of 20 countries invited to attend.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
21 Nov 1992The second Devotion dance party is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at Shed 26 on the waterfront and includes a merry-go-round.
Links: GayNZ.net
1 Dec 1992World AIDS Day is commemorated (Auckland, New Zealand)
Since World AIDS Day 1991, 43 people had died in New Zealand from AIDS-related complications. Father Michael Bancroft leads the first ever AIDS requiem mass in New Zealand.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1 Feb 1993The HERO 3 festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival's theme is: a celebration of diversity.
23 May 1993Beacons of Hope is held at Frank Kitts Park (Wellington, New Zealand)
Beacons of Hope is held as part of the 10th International AIDS Memorial commemorations. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington members of the New Zealand Youth Choir perform at Frank Kitts Park. The event begins at 7pm and includes people carrying flaming torches representing those that have passed away.
Links: Archives New Zealand, New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
Jul 1993The first Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
10 Oct 1993The Coming Out Day parade is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade begins at Western Park.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Wikipedia
30 Oct 1993A silent auction and cabaret evening is held to fundraise for the New Zealand [AIDS] Quilt Project (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
27 Nov 1993The third Devotion dance party is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at Shed 21 on the waterfront. There was no Devotion party held in 1994.
Links: GayNZ.net
27 Nov 1993The Love Parade is held as part of the Devotion festival (Wellington, New Zealand)
People gather for the parade in Civic Square.
Links: National Library
1 Dec 1993World AIDS Day is commemorated (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed in St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin to mark World AIDS Day. The quilt remains on display for a week.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
May 1994The first National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (New Zealand)
22 May 1994International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
A memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland. Following the service the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is carried outspread in a candlelit parade via Hobson and Wellesley Streets to Aotea Square.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
Jul 1994The first Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
Links: Queer History NZ, NZ.com
Jul 1994The second Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
Nov 1994The first HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
1 Dec 1994Worlds AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand)
In Auckland, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is is carried outspread down Queen Street for an unfolding ceremony. The global theme of the day is: AIDS and the family.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1995Birthdaze dance parties are held
1995The first annual Out Takes film festival takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The festival was held at the Paramount Theatre.
Links: Out Takes
4 Feb 1995The fourth annual Devotion dance party is held at Civic Square and the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.net
18 Mar 1995The tenth annual Gay and Lesbian Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
19 May 1995The second National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference takes place at the Student Union Building at Victoria University. It runs from the 19-21 May. One of the things to come out of the conference was the group Lesbians on the Land.
Links: Queer History NZ, QNA
21 May 1995International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
This is the 12th anniversary of international memorials. In Auckland, five blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are carried from St Matthew-in-the-city to Aotea Square where a Beacons of Hope service is held.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
21 Jun 1995The Dunedin Pride festival is held (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 21 June - 15 July 1995.
Links: NZ.com
24 Jun 1995The first Man to Man Gay and Lesbian Writing Festival is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival is New Zealand's first gay and lesbian writing festival. It is held at the Auckland College of Education and features Paula Boock, Witi Ihimaera, Renee, Noel Virtue and Peter Wells.
Links: NZ.com
1 Jul 1995A day-long seminar takes placed called Exceptional Lesbian and Gay Lives (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The seminar is advertised as a "one day affirming seminar" and features Robin Duff, Kathleen Quinlivan, Brent Skerten, Ross Palmer, Andrew Carstairs McCarthy, Linda James, Sue Lovelock Marshall, Jo Drayton and Jane Ferrier. It takes place in the Elizabeth Kelly Room above Annies Wine Bar in the City Arts Centre.
Links: NZ.com
1 Jul 1995The second annual Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The ball is to celebrate "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transpeople pride." It will be held at The Mill, 2 Powderham Street in New Plymouth.
Links: NZ.com
22 Jul 1995The Hawke's Bay Queer Event takes place (Napier, New Zealand)
The event is advertised as "meeting, dancing, drinking and generally doing some wild stuff in Napier, at the Bay City Club from 9pm."
Links: NZ.com
24 Jul 1995The third annual Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
The week is organised by the Waikato Student Union and Queers on Campus.
Links: NZ.com
7 Aug 1995The University Of Canterbury Gay Pride Week is held (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
The week is advertised as a "celebration of lesbian, gay and bisexual sexuality." It takes place in the Student Union Building, and runs from 7 - 11 August.
Links: NZ.com
19 Aug 1995The fifth annual AIDS Benefit Concert for the Hamilton branch of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation takes place (Hamilton, New Zealand)
The concert is hosted by broadcaster Lianne Clarke and held at the Trustbank Community Theatre. The Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard attends in her capacity as patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.
Links: NZ.com
26 Aug 1995The twelfth annual Auckland Lesbian Ball takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The ball is held for the third time at the Hyatt Convention Centre. Proceeds from the event go to the support group LESO - Lesbian Education and Support Organisation.
Links: NZ.com
11 Sep 1995The Auckland University Pride Week takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The week is organised by a combined group from Unigays, Women loving Women, Dykes on Campus and Uni Goblet. It runs from 11 - 16 September.
Links: NZ.com
30 Sep 1995The third annual Hamilton Pride Party takes place (Hamilton, New Zealand)
The party takes place in the Quadrangle next to the gay Next Door Bar. The theme is Greek gods and goddesses.
Links: NZ.com
11 Oct 1995A coming out party is held to celebrate National Coming Out Day (Wellington, New Zealand)
The party is held at the National Library of New Zealand and organised by the National Library Lesbian and Gay Network, and the Friends of the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ). The party starts at 5.30pm.
Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia
12 Nov 1995Lesbian's on the Land takes place (Tasman region, New Zealand)
The event is held over a weekend at Felicity's farm in Golden Bay with workshops on alternative housing and energy, and natural/holistic health. The group grew out of the second National Lesbian Studies Conference held in May 1995.
Links: QNA
25 Nov 1995The second annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Broadcasters Anita McNaught and Neil Waka start the Walk from Victoria Park at 11am. The route goes up College Hill, along Ponsonby, K' Rd and Queen St to Aotea Square.
Links: NZ.com
2 Dec 1995The first Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The event is held at the Ministry for "lesbians, gays, bisexuals and their friends."
Links: NZ.com
3 Dec 1995The Coming Out Day parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade begins at 2pm from Three Lamps Plaza, goes along Ponsonby Road and ends at Western Park. The 1994 parade attracted approximately 3,000 people.
Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia
23 Dec 1995The Dyke Ball takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
1996The first Miss Riwaka Beauty Pagent is held (Nelson, New Zealand)
The first pageant was held as a private function.
Links: NZ.com
8 Feb 1996Pride Stories our Mothers never told Us takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The event is organised by the Pride Centre as part of the HERO Festival. It takes place at Footsteps Nightclub and features Mary O'Hagan, Clare Bear Reader, Robert Leak, Karin Kahurangi and Frankie Hill, poet and activist Uma Kali-Shakti, and comedian Philip Patston.
Links: NZ.com
19 May 1996The 13th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
This year's theme is: AIDS discrimination is a global epidemic - together we can overcome it. Blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are displayed in New Plymouth, Wellington, Invercargill and Auckland. Events take place in Taranaki, Waikato, Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland and Nelson.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, NZ.com
23 Jun 1996The Dunedin Pride festival takes place (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 23 June-6 July. The festival begins with a dog show and soccer match and ends with a Masquerade Ball.
Links: NZ.com
6 Jul 1996The Gays and Lesbians Everywhere in Education (GLEE) National conference is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The theme of the conference is: empowering lesbians and gays in education.
Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)
23 Nov 1996The third annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Walk leaves from Victoria Park. Broadcaster Anita McNaught announces the start of the walk.
Links: NZ.com
30 Nov 1996The first annual Pride Weekend takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Staircase Nightclub hosts a Pride Party. A Pride Parade takes place on 1 December at 2pm - from Three Lamps Ponsonby to Western Park. It's followed by a Pride Picnic.
Links: NZ.com
1 Dec 1996World AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand)
14 Dec 1996Teaser, a pre-Freedom dance party is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The party is held at Bar Particular on 14 December 1996.
Links: NZ.com
1 Feb 1997The second Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The party is at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street.
Links: NZ.com
7 Feb 1997The HERO festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 7 - 22 February.
Links: NZ.com, New Zealand AIDS Quilt
22 Feb 1997The HERO parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade runs from Crummer Road, into Ponsonby Road and then down to Three Lamps. It's broadcast on TV3.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt
8 Mar 1997The Devotion Parade is held through the inner city (Wellington, New Zealand)
A group of fundamentalist Christians protest along the parade route. Note: another source (held at the National Library) notes the parade occurred in February.
Links: National Library
4 May 1997International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)
The memorial is moved earlier in May this year to accommodate dates in the USA calendar (generally the memorial is held on the 3rd Sunday in May).
Links: New Zealand AIDS Quilt
1 Nov 1997The second Miss Riwaka Beauty Pageant is held (Nelson, New Zealand)
The event is held at Braemar Gym, with formal dress (ball gown or suit).
Links: NZ.com
29 Nov 1997The fourth annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
5 Feb 1998The HERO festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 5 - 21 February.
Links: NZ.com
7 Feb 1998The Freedom festival and dance party take place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Freedom dance party takes place on 14 Feburary at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Various other events take place: an art exhibition 3 - 21 February, a film festival 7 - 13 February, a picnic on 8 February, a cocktail party on 9 February and Bar Olympics on 12 February.
Links: NZ.com
21 Feb 1998The HERO parade takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade begins at 8.45pm and runs along Ponsonby Road. It includes 60-plus floats.
Links: NZ.com(1), NZ.com(2)
Mar 1998The 13th annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
5 Mar 1998Cabaret artist Mika donates a personal collection of materials to LAGANZ (Wellington, New Zealand)
A ceremony is held in the National Library Auditorium. The collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts from Mika's shows, audio and video recordings, posters, photographs, personal memorabilia and curiosities. There are also props and costumes from the cabarets, such as Carmen's costume jewelry and "Carmen's aerobics leotards" press kits.
Links: LAGANZ
14 Mar 1998The Out of the Comfort Zone conference takes place (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The conference is organised by Taranaki Pride Alliance and is advertised as "a 2 day conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, takataapui and transpeople focusing on community building."
Links: NZ.com
17 May 1998International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
27 Nov 1998Auckland City Council, under new Mayor Christine Fletcher, grants $15,000 for Hero Parade cleanup (Auckland, New Zealand)
28 Nov 1998The fifth HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Walk starts at 11am, leaving from Victoria Park.
Links: NZ.com
5 Dec 1998The Awhina World AIDS Day variety concert is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The concert takes place in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa, with funds raised going to the Awhina Centre.
Links: Te Papa
16 May 1999International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)
21 May 2000International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
17 Feb 2001The final HERO Parade is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
The parade is held along Ponsonby Road. This would be the last HERO Parade. A smaller march happened in March 2002, but it wasn't until 2013 that another large scale pride parade occurred.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Wikipedia
20 May 2001International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
25 May 2001The seventh annual Out Takes film festival takes place (New Zealand)
The festival runs in multiple centres: Auckand 25 May - 5 June, Wellington 31 May - 10 June, Dunedin 16 - 17 June, Christchurch 22 - 24 June.
Links: Out Takes
22 Feb 2002The Minister of Health Annette King opens the new Awhina Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Awhina Centre is the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Wellington Regional Office.
Links: Beehive.govt.nz
23 Mar 2002The HERO Pride March takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The smaller march follows the demise of the HERO Parade in 2001.
Links: NZ Herald, agender.org.nz
19 May 2002International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
11 Sep 2002Newtown Primary School withdraws support for next years Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair. (Wellington, New Zealand)
The school declines a request for the school hall to be used for what would have been the 18th fair at the site.
Links: Gay NZ
17 Oct 2002The Jimmy hosts a farewell event for people going to the Gay Games in Sydney. (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
15 Feb 2003The Outlines conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference is about lesbian and gay history in Aotearoa.
Links: LAGANZ
15 Mar 2003The 18th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com
18 May 2003International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
13 Mar 2004The 19th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
This year the fair is organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
16 May 2004International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
23 Aug 2004Destiny Church's Enough is Enough march takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
Followers of Destiny Church march from Civic Square, down Willis Street, Lambton Quay to the steps of Parliament.
Links: GayNZ.com, NZ Herald
5 Mar 2005The Green Party supports the Don't Hate, Celebrate event (Auckland, New Zealand)
The event is held in the Auckland University Quad in response to Destiny Church's planned Defend the Legacy march. Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford said "We have proudly supported the Civil Union Bill, the Prostitution Reform Bill, and the Gender Identity Bill. We likewise support the message of this event: that all New Zealanders - no matter their sexuality, gender, race, religious belief, relationship or family status - should be treated with respect."
Links: Scoop
12 Mar 2005The 20th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newton School (Wellington, New Zealand)
The fair includes the cutting of a civil union cake, celebrating the upcoming passing into law (next week) of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005. This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
15 May 2005International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
4 Jun 2005The fundraising Black and White Ball is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The event takes place at Pipitea Marae in honour of the late Chrissy Witoko. Attendees include Frankie Stevens, Carmen, Mayor Kerry Prendergast, Hon Marian Hobbs, MPs Tim Barnett and Georgina Beyer.
Links: Friends of Chrissy (1), Friends of Chrissy (2)
24 Jun 2005The first Trans Day of Action is held (New York, United States of America)
Pride weekend begins with a 1,000 strong march led by TransJustice demanding rights for trans and gender non-conforming people.
Links: Workers World
1 Dec 2005The first ILGA Pacific conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: ILGA
11 Mar 2006The 21st Gay and Lesbian Fair is held at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
21 May 2006International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
7 Oct 2006Carmen Rupe's 70th birthday party is held at the Boatshed, Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)
1 Dec 2006A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The 20 Years On - Homosexual Law Reform Conference is hosted by LAGANZ at the National Library.
Links: LAGANZ
10 Mar 2007The 22nd Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
This year the fair was organised by Rainbow Wellington - formerly the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP).
Links: GayNZ.com
20 May 2007International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
1 Mar 2008Out in the Square takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
Out in the Square grew out of the Gay and Lesbian Fair which had been run annually in Wellington since 1985. The fair changed its name in 2008 from the Gay and Lesbian Fair to be more inclusive.
Links: GayNZ.com, Wikipedia
18 May 200825th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
18 May 2008International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
17 May 2009International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
27 Jul 2009Author Chris Brickell wins the Best First Book Award for Non-fiction at the Montana Book Awards (Auckland, New Zealand)
Brickell wins for Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand.
Links: Tararua District Library
16 May 2010International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
13 Feb 2011Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
12 Mar 20112nd AsiaPacific Outgames is held in Wellington
The games ran for a week and included sports and cultural events plus a human rights conference
16 Mar 20112nd AsiaPacific Outgames Human Rights Conference is held in Wellington
15 May 2011International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
8 Oct 2011Carmen Rupe celebrates her 75th birthday at The Taxi Club (Sydney, Australia)
20 Oct 2011Around 200 people march on parliament campaigning for gay marriage and adoption. (Wellington, New Zealand)
The march was part of the LegaliseLove campaign.
Links: GayNZ
19 Nov 2011Piri Norris and Justin Elder have the first civil union at Parliament
21 Jan 2012Out in the Square is held in Civic Square, Wellington
It is the 27th annual gay and lesbian fair to be held in Wellington
12 Feb 2012Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier, Auckland
It is estimated 14,000 people attended
14 Feb 2012A lesbian couple saboutage the "win a divource" promotion on the The Rock radio station (New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
3 Mar 2012Sea of Love float honouring Carmen Rupe is part of the Sydney Mardi Gras, Australia
1 Jul 2012The Topp Twins first ever museum exhibition opens at the Waikato Coalfields Museum in Huntly (New Zealand)
The exhibition, called Six Strings and Politics, opened with a concert featuring the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and the Cultural Performance Group from Huntly College
31 Aug 2013An event to honour Peter Taylor is held at St Matthew-in-the-City. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Taylor, who has been unwell for a number of years, tells media that he will stop medical treatments after the event.
Links: Gay NZ
10 Sep 2013A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington, New Zealand)
The tour is organised by the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand.
Links: Gay Express
27 Sep 2013A national conference on HIV is held. (Auckland, New Zealand)
The conference heard about the growing evidence of links between HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhoea and the HPV virus.
Links: Gay NZ
28 Sep 2013A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Gay Express
11 Oct 2013The Beyond conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference is organised by the Queer Avengers (Wellington) and aims to address the lived experiences of queer/trans people in relation to identity, race, disability, the media, healthcare, parenting, education and imprisonment (among others).
Links: PrideNZ.com
10 Nov 2013The first Gay wedding expo takes place in New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand)
The expo at the Ellerslie Event Centre showcases over 150 wedding professionals.
Links: Gay Wedding show
7 Feb 2014Auckland Pride is held. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ
6 Nov 2014Hui Takataapui takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
The hui is held at Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae, Whatawhata.
Links: PrideNZ.com
22 Jan 2016Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Indy Media
11 Mar 2016The first ever intersex workshop is held in New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
22 Apr 2016Shift hui takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT and is for young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay.
Links: PrideNZ.com
6 Jul 2016The rainbow flag is flown for the first time at Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The rainbow flag is flown for the first time on the forecourt of Parliament to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform.
17 May 2017The rainbow flag is flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington, New Zealand)
The rainbow flag is flown for the second time at Parliament to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia (the first time the flag flew was on 6 July 2016 to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform)
21 May 2017International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City (Auckland, New Zealand)
This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand.
21 May 2017International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at Tararua Tramping Club (Wellington, New Zealand)
This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand.
Links: PrideNZ
16 Jun 2017LGBTI rainbow advocate Aaron Fleming receives a Blake Leader Award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust (Wellington, New Zealand)
The award was presented to Fleming by the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington.
Links: Stuff
18 Aug 2017The National Day of Silence is held (New Zealand)
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.
Links: Day of Silence
2 Feb 2018The Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs until the 18 February.
Links: Auckland Pride Festival
17 Feb 2018The Prime Minister marches for the first time in the Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
Featuring more than 50 entries the parade will "march for peace, love and unity at a time of escalating global unrest, when human rights are increasingly under attack all over the world." The parade begins at 7.30pm at the north end of Ponsonby Road, near the Tole Street intersection, before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park. Although former Prime Minister's Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley had attended previous parades, Jacinda Ardern was the first to march in one.
Links: Auckland Pride Festival
24 Feb 2018The Wellington Pride Festival Tu Whakahihi e Te Whanganui-a-Tara takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The festival begins with Out in the Park and runs until 10 March.
Links: Wellington Pride Festival, PrideNZ.com
10 Mar 2018The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The parade begins at 7pm in Tennyson Street, moves into Cambridge Terrace, then through Courtenay Place until turning at Taranaki Street towards the waterfront.
Links: PrideNZ.com
20 Mar 2018A vigil is held for Zena Campbell who died on 11 February 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)
The vigil was organised by Bella Simpson and held in Civic Square.
Links: PrideNZ.com
20 Mar 2018The outside of the Michael Fowler Centre is lit in blue, pink and white lights in memory of Zena Campbell (Wellington, New Zealand)
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester wrote on his Facebook page "We're standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the pride and trans community."
Links: PrideNZ
31 Mar 2018International Transgender Day of Visibility is held (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
8 Apr 2018The Dunedin Pride 2018 Hui Taurima Kahukura, Otepoti takes place (Dunedin, New Zealand)
The festival is organised by *Q-Squared Trust, a new charitable organisation with a vision to "create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQIA communities in Dunedin and surrounding areas."
20 Apr 2018Shift hui takes place (Wellington region, New Zealand)
The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT for "young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics". It takes place at Horouta Marae in Porirua.
Links: InsideOUT
17 May 2018The transgender, bisexual, intersex and rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (Wellington, New Zealand)
The flags are flown to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This is also the first time in the world where the intersex flag has been flown in front of the seat of government.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Human Rights Commission, Stuff.co.nz
18 May 2018The annual Pink Shirt Day is marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, Stuff.co.nz
20 May 2018International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand)
In Wellington a service is held at the Tararua Tramping Club and in Auckland a service is held at St Matthew in the City.
Links: PrideNZ.com
8 Jun 2018New Zealand's first rainbow crossing is launched in Queenstown (New Zealand)
The crossing on Beach Street was opened by Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult. It is a joint initiative between Winter Pride (formerly Gay Ski Week QT) and Fluid.
Links: Otago Daily Times
23 Jul 2018UniQ Victoria pride week takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
8 Sep 2018Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at Q Theatre (Auckland, New Zealand)
Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand.
Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc
9 Sep 2018Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at the Embassy Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand.
Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc
10 Oct 2018Wellington's rainbow crossing is launched (Wellington, New Zealand)
The crossing on lower Cuba Street is New Zealand's second rainbow crossing (the first being in Queenstown).
Links: Stuff.co.nz
9 Nov 2018The Board of Auckland Pride confirm their position that the New Zealand Police will not be marching in uniform in the 2019 Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Board said that community feedback "indicated that whilst there is goodwill towards the NZ Police, as an institution they do not currently meet the degree of safety and awareness of intersectionality required by our rainbow communities."
Links: Auckland Pride
19 Dec 2018The Auckland Pride Board announces that it is working towards a grassroots-led Pride Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Board said that "with a more community-based funding model, we have the challenge and opportunity to be creative on what the actual proceeding will look like."
Links: Auckland Pride
1 Feb 2019Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The festival runs from 1-17 February.
Links: Auckland Pride
9 Feb 2019The first #ourmarch attracts an estimated 3,000 people (Auckland, New Zealand)
The #ourmarch grassroots event replaced the Auckland Pride Parade which had been held annually since 2013. The march followed the "graduation route", from Albert Park, up Queen Street to Myers Park.
Links: Gay Express
10 Feb 2019The 20th Big Gay Out takes place at Coyle Park (Auckland, New Zealand)
MP Tamati Coffey announced at the event that he and his partner Tim Smith are expecting their first baby in July.
Links: Stuff.co.nz (1), Stuff.co.nz (2)
8 Mar 2019Wellington Pride Festival takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The festival runs from the 8 March - 24 March. To date, it is the largest Pride festival the city has seen with 128 events.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wellington Pride Festival
16 Mar 2019Out in the Park and the Pride Hikoi are cancelled following the Christchurch mosque massacres (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Wellington International Pride Parade is also postponed indefinitely.
Links: NZ Herald
17 Mar 2019A Pride church service takes place at St Andrews on the Terrace (Wellington, New Zealand)
Rev Dr Susan Jones reflects on Pride and the Christchurch massacre. The service happens less than 48-hours after the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques.
Links: PrideNZ.com
18 Mar 2019The Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (New Zealand)
The flags are flown to mark the beginning of the ILGA World Conference 2019. They are flown at half-mast, along with New Zealand's national flag, in memory of those killed in the Christchurch mosque massacres.
Links: Wikimedia (1), Wikimedia (2)
18 Mar 2019The ILGA World Conference takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The conference marks the 40th anniversary of ILGA, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.
Links: IGLA conference