Historical Events in January

Jan 1977A lesbian summer camp is held (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
The camp is held at Glentui in North Canterbury.
Jan 1977The Campaign to Oppose Persecution begins (Wellington, New Zealand)
The campaign was in response to scandals involving allegations of homosexuality against Members of Parliament.
Jan 1977The first New Year's camp at Vinegar Hill takes place (Rangitikei region, New Zealand)
Links: Vinegar Hill
Jan 1981Gays and lesbians picket the office of the Human Rights Commission (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jan 1982The group Gays in Education ends (New Zealand)
Jan 1985The Hawke's Bay Gay Society ends (Hawke's Bay region, New Zealand)
Jan 1994Buddies - New Zealand's first gay massage parlour opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
Jan 1996Labour MP Judith Tizard proposes legalising same-sex marriage (New Zealand)
Jan 2008The Human Rights Commission publishes To Be Who I Am/Kia noho au ki toku ano ao (New Zealand)
The inquiry into discrimination experienced by transgender people is a world first by a national human rights institution.
Links: Human Rights Commission
1 Jan 1995Dancer Warren Douglas dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund was subsequently established in May 1995 to help those who wanted to make the transition from performer to arts administrator, as he had done. Douglas is remembered on the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Warren Douglas Scholarship Fund
1 Jan 1998Jacquie Grant becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) (West Coast region, New Zealand)
Grant is honoured for her work as a foster parent to more than 60 children. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
Links: Te Ara, A Gender Variance Whos Who
2 Jan 1986Artist Leo Bensemann dies (Christchurch, New Zealand)
2 Jan 1997Morals campaigner Keith Hay dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Hay took a lead role in campaigning against homosexual law reform in 1985/86.
Links: Te Ara
3 Jan 2007Television current affairs: a Vanuatu radio show that talks about sex and HIV ((worldwide))
TV3 News, ref F96881.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
4 Jan 1972Television news report: Otago University Professor claims 4% of New Zealand men may be homosexual (New Zealand)
NZBC news, ref TZP86606.
Links: TVNZ
6 Jan 2005Makgatho Mandela, the eldest son of Nelson Mandela, dies from AIDS related conditions
Links: BBC
7 Jan 1914Rupert Brooke departs for Tahiti onboard RMS Tahiti (Wellington, New Zealand)
Brooke is in Wellington 5-7 January 1914.
Links: Wikipedia, Papers Past
7 Jan 1986Television news report: AIDS and spa pool controversy in the United States (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F57800.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Jan 2005Television news report: Makgatho Mandela dies from AID related conditions
One News, ref: F84608.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
8 Jan 1977A meeting is held to set up the National Gay Rights Coalition of New Zealand (New Zealand)
8 Jan 2006Security guards at an international cricket game stop two women from kissing (Napier, New Zealand)
The kiss had screened on McLean Park's big-screen monitor to a cheering crowd. A guard allegedly told the women that they were distracting the crowd, and would be thrown out if they did it again. A spokesman for the company later told media that the kiss "was inflammatory" and had "upset two of my more sensitive staff. It got the boys riled up, to be honest."
Links: NZ Herald
9 Jan 1923Katherine Mansfield dies (France)
Mansfield dies of Tuberculosis.
Links: Te Ara, Papers Past, Wikipedia, PrideNZ.com
9 Jan 1966Carmen Rupe is arrested with behaving in an offensive manner in a public place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The offensive manner was because Carmen was wearing female clothing: a black frock, black silk stockings and high-heeled shoes. "His face was made up with cosmetics and his hair was dressed in a feminine style."
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
11 Jan 2004Television news report: AIDS in Kenya (New Zealand)
One news, ref F61399.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
12 Jan 1985A lesbian camp is held (Christchurch, New Zealand)
12 Jan 2011Television news report: Condemnation of Cook Island's treatment of a worker who is HIV+ (New Zealand)
Features interviews with Patrick Holmes and Dr Jason Myers. One news, ref F203457.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
13 Jan 1983Newspaper report: Air New Zealand distances itself from gay clientele (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Bay Area Reporter
13 Jan 2011Television news report: a worker in the Cook Islands has tested positive for HIV (New Zealand)
One news, ref F203458.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
15 Jan 1945Poet Ursula Bethell dies (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Bethell dies in Christchurch and is buried in the Rangiora cemetery.
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
15 Jan 1952Maata Mahupuku dies (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Mahupuku is buried in the private burial ground of the Mahupuku family at Kehemane beyond Martinborough.
Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com
15 Jan 1997Television segment: a feature on safe sex (New Zealand)
Taiohi, episode 11, ref: F116590.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
16 Jan 2005Television news report: the funeral of Makgatho Mandela
One News, ref F84625.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
16 Jan 2011A lesbian couple's business is burnt down in a continued serious of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads
19 Jan 1996The play Eugenia premieres at Taki Rua Depot Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Eugenia is written and stars Lorae Parry. It's based on the life of Eugenia Falleni.
Links: Wikipedia
20 Jan 1915The Evening Post reports Lindsay Campbell pleads guilty to unlawfully wearing female clothing in a public place (Adelaide, Australia)
Links: Papers Past
20 Jan 2018So'oalo To'oto'oali'i Roger Stanley dies (Samoa)
Stanley was the founder and President of the Samoa Fa'afafine Association.
Links: Express, Samoa Observer
21 Jan 1966Television report: artist Theo Schoon talks about the gourd art (New Zealand)
Ref TZP115473.
Links: TVNZ
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
22 Jan 1896Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Cresswell was later shot by Charles Mackay, mayor of Wanganui
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
22 Jan 2016Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Indy Media
23 Jan 1964Charles Aberhart is beaten to death by a group of teenagers in Hagley Park (Christchurch, New Zealand)
23 Jan 2012Roman Skorek is stabbed to death in Kuirau Park, Rotorua
Four young men were charged with his murder
24 Jan 1966Carmen Rupe appears in court charged with behaving in an offensive manner (Auckland, New Zealand)
The charge relates to Rupe dressing in female clothing in public. Rupe challenges the charge.
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
24 Jan 1990Expatriate New Zealander Richard Johnson is murdered by a gang of youths (Sydney, Australia)
25 Jan 1996Composer Jonathan Larson dies (New York, United States of America)
Larson's musical Rent was just days away from opening on Broadway when he passed away.
Links: New York Times
26 Jan 1942William Preen is arrested in the women's waiting room of the Timaru Railway Station (Timaru, New Zealand)
Preen is suspected of being a spy when he is seen dressed in women's clothing. The court later hears that Preen's "lapse was the result of some craze to see how it would feel to dress like a woman".
Links: Papers Past
26 Jan 1966Justice McCarthy dismisses the case against Carmen Rupe (Auckland, New Zealand)
Justice McCarthy's decision notes that he is "quite unable to find anything in our law which says that it is unlawful for a male to attire himself in female clothing."
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
26 Jan 1987Television news report: MP Norman Jones leaves hospital (New Zealand)
Jones had been undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. 6.30pm news, ref F92071
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
27 Jan 1996The Spectrum website is launched (Nelson, New Zealand)
The website is one of the earliest group websites for gay and bisexual men in New Zealand.
Links: Spectrum
30 Jan 1917Writer W. Somerset Maugham and his lover Gerald Haxton briefly visit Wellington en route to Tahiti (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net