Historical Events in March

Mar 1967Doreen Ellen Davis is found not guilty of murdering Raewyn Petley (New Zealand)
Davis' defence argued that she had been "befriended by a woman outwardly kind and sympathetic but inwardly a hunting lesbian"
Mar 1972Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is refused a United States visa because she is a known "sexual deviant" (New Zealand)
Mar 1973The Gay-Aid phone counseling service is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1974Gay activists talk to a Lincoln High School liberal studies class (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
Mar 1974Gay Feminist Collective is formed (New Zealand)
Mar 1974Gay Liberation Nelson is formed (Nelson, New Zealand)
Mar 1974The first National Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mar 1974The Lesbian Club is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mar 1977Christchurch Women's Liberation Collective is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Mar 1978The Laetus Social Club is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Club grew out of the Auckland Gay Social Club.
Mar 1980Female impersonator Danny La Rue films Danny Down Under for TVNZ (New Zealand)
Filmed over 3 days Danny Down Under features Irish-born entertainer Danny Le Rue and comedians John Cadsby and David McPhail.
Links: NZ On Screen
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)
Mar 1981Lesbians dykecott the census in protest at the Human Rights Commission's denial of human rights (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 1996Tai Tahi Marsters is acquitted of attempted murder and causing Jim Curtis grievous bodily harm (New Zealand)
Marsters hit Curtis using a glass decanter. Curtis is left with brain damage while Marsters is acquitted of both attempted murder and assault. At his trial Marsters uses the homosexual panic defence, claiming Curtis made a sexual advance.
Links: Parliamentary debate
Mar 1997Branches of the Gay and Lesbian Labour Party are formed by Tim Barnett and Chris Carter in Auckland and Christchurch (New Zealand)
Mar 1998The 13th annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
1 Mar 1893Mary Taylor dies (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Te Ara
1 Mar 1941Female impersonator and activist Johnny Croskery is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Tapatoru
1 Mar 1982Writer Frank Sargeson dies (New Zealand)
1 Mar 1985Television news report: AIDS may be the trigger for homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F61515.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
1 Mar 1988Television news report: more women are becoming HIV+ (New Zealand)
Doctors say it is only a matter of time before babies are born in New Zealand with HIV AIDS. Eyewitness news, ref F90793.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
3 Mar 2012Sea of Love float honouring Carmen Rupe is part of the Sydney Mardi Gras, Australia
4 Mar 2012Television current affairs: Australian report on living with HIV (New Zealand)
60 minutes, ref F220747.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Mar 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
5 Mar 1996The Census forms are constructed so the number of same-sex couples can be counted (New Zealand)
Every person in a household is provided with their own individual form which includes questions about who they are living with. By cross-referencing data the number of same-sex couples living together can be calculated.
Links: Stats NZ
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
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
7 Mar 1980Lesbians march to mark International Lesbian Day (8 March) (New Zealand)
7 Mar 1985Television current affairs: the effort to contain AIDS in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Close Up, ref F57568.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Mar 1985Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F61871.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
7 Mar 2006Television news report: HIV+ diagnoses are increasing (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Damien Moore and Rachael Le Mesurier. TV3 news, ref F92169.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
7 Mar 2011Jason Meads is released from prison after serving a sentence for murdering Jeff Whittington in 1999 (New Zealand)
Links: Stuff, Wikipedia
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
8 Mar 1985Television news report: Parliament agrees to consider homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F61914.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Mar 1988Television news report: a new book says AIDS can be passed on by kissing or sitting on toilet seats (New Zealand)
Includes an interview with the co-author Dr Robert Kolodny. The book Crisis: Heterosexual Behavior in the Age of AIDS asserts that "the AIDS virus is now running rampant in the heterosexual community." The authors claim that under some circumstances, the virus can be spread by kissing, using toilet seats or eating in a restaurant. Eyewitness news ,ref F90811.
Links: Washington Post, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
8 Mar 2003Pansy by Peter Wells is screened on TV1. (New Zealand)
Wells looks at his own life and the world of New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s.
Links: MF Films
9 Mar 1984An interview with New Zealand's first AIDS patient is broadcast on TV One (New Plymouth, New Zealand)
The 29-year-old man had been infected overseas and had come back to New Plymouth. He dies shortly after the interview is broadcast.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
9 Mar 2018Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announces a Rainbow Crossing on Cuba/Dixon Streets as part of a new rainbow precinct (Wellington, New Zealand)
The pedestrian crossing is due to be unveiled in the middle of 2018.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Stuff
10 Mar 1987Television news report: media coverage of AIDS in the United Kingdom (New Zealand)
A news report that examines over 20-hours of coverage on AIDS last week in the United Kingdom. Eyewitness news, ref F92368.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
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
11 Mar 1988Television news report: stopping the spread of HIV AIDS in Australian jails (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90822.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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
11 Mar 2016The first ever intersex workshop is held in New Zealand (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
12 Mar 2003An advert from Wellington City Council supports the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair (Wellington, New Zealand)
Published in Capital Times, the text reads: Wellington City Council is proud to support the Gay and Lesbian Fair. Best Wishes Kerry [Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington]
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
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
12 Mar 2011Queen of the Whole Universe (a slightly queer beauty pageant) takes place at the Opera House (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Scoop
13 Mar 1989Lesbian and gay visibility week takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
13 Mar 2013The second reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
14 Mar 1985MPs Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Norman Jones and Alan Wallbank launch the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
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
14 Mar 2006Television news report: Christchurch scientist says there is evidence that homosexuality is genetic (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Frank Sin,Jack Heinemann and Steve Attwood. One news, ref F92184.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
15 Mar 1988Television news report: Russia's response to HIV AIDS (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90837.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
15 Mar 2003The 18th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: GayNZ.com
16 Mar 1994MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand)
Carter is the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia
16 Mar 20112nd AsiaPacific Outgames Human Rights Conference is held in Wellington
17 Mar 1928Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett is born (Napier, New Zealand)
Bartlett would later form the Society for Promotion of Community Standards.
Links: Wikipedia
17 Mar 1987Television news report: Americans who have had blood transfusions in the last 8-years are being encouraged to get tested for AIDS (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F58302.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
18 Mar 1973Television current affairs: a look at the life of a transsexual prior to undergoing surgery (New Zealand)
This Day, ref TZP86610. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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
18 Mar 1986Television discussion: Love Life AIDS (New Zealand)
A live discussion following the broadcast of the documentary Love Life AIDS - the New Zealand story. Ref F53791.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Mar 1986Television documentary: Love Life AIDS - the New Zealand story (New Zealand)
Amanda Millar explores New Zealand's attitude towards homosexuality and AIDS. Ref F52553.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Mar 1995The tenth annual Gay and Lesbian Fair is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
18 Mar 2007Television news report: two new HIV drugs are available in New Zealand (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Dr Richard Meech, Rachael Le Mesurier and Dr Nigel Dickson. TV3 news, ref F98423.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
19 Mar 1999Dancer Freda Stark dies
Links: Te Ara
20 Mar 1980The Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund present a submission to the Select Committee considering the Guardianship Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
20 Mar 1985Keith Hay and Peter Tait take over the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
20 Mar 2018A vigil is held for Zena Campbell who was killed on 11 February 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)
The vigil was organised by Bella Simpson and held in Civic Square.
Links: PrideNZ
20 Mar 2018The outside of the Michael Fowler Centre is lit in blue, pink and white lights to commemorate 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
21 Mar 1985The Salvation Army announces it will administer the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
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
22 Mar 1989Television news report: Tom McLean calls for an end to discrimination against people with AIDS (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Tom McLean, Bill Logan and David Blackmore. Eyewitness news, ref F95834.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
23 Mar 1903Writer Norris Frank Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is born (Hamilton, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
23 Mar 1907The NZ Truth reports that Oscar Wilde's play Salome is prohibited in New York (New York, United States of America)
Links: Papers Past
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
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
25 Mar 1942Writer and actor Richard O'Brien is born (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia
25 Mar 1978A 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
25 Mar 1986The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
25 Mar 1995Writer Eric McCormick dies
McCormick wrote biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins.
Links: Te Ara
26 Mar 1933Broadcaster Henare te Ua is born (New Zealand)
26 Mar 1997The Awhina Centre at 35 Mein Street, Newtown is badly damaged by a suspected arson (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre moves to 45 Tory Street.
26 Mar 2018The Topp Twins: an exhibition for New Zealand is launched at the National Library (Wellington, New Zealand)
The exhibition runs from the 27 March 2018 - 22 September 2018.
Links: PrideNZ.com
27 Mar 1910Dancer Freda Stark is born (Northland region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
27 Mar 1985Television news report: the petition against homosexual law reform is circulating in schools (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F62356.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
27 Mar 1985The anti-homosexual law reform petition is circulated in some schools (New Zealand)
Links: Nga Taonga
27 Mar 1986Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
The age of consent is set at 16. Parliament also decides that homosexual acts will remain illegal in the armed services. 6.30 news, ref: F91572.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, LAGANZ
27 Mar 2005Television news report: a gel that may block the sexual spread of HIV (New Zealand)
The gel was developed in part by a government owned research company. Interviewees include Richard Furneaux and Brian Ward.TV3 news ,ref F85360.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
27 Mar 2013The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) debates the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (New Zealand)
MP Jacinda Ardern notes that her great uncle was imprisoned in 1948 for three years as the result of his sexuality.
Links: PrideNZ.com
27 Mar 2018The second reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The Bill unanimously passes its second reading.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
28 Mar 1925NZ Truth reports on homosexualists in high society and in the arts (New Zealand)
Links: NZ Truth
28 Mar 1985Television current affairs: the age of consent debate (New Zealand)
Explores the age of consent and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Features Jon Lusk, Sebastian Pope, Prof. Jim Robb, Keith Hay, MP Denis Marshall and MP Geoff Braybrooke. Close Up, ref F57580.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
28 Mar 2018The Committee of the whole House (Parliament) considers the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill (New Zealand)
The Bill is reported back to the House without amendment. The report is then unanimously adopted.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
29 Mar 2005Television panel discussion: what is hate speech? (New Zealand)
Hosted by Willie Jackson, with panelists Anjum Rahman, Emily White, Chris Wikaira and Judith Collins. Eye to Eye, ref F85113.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
29 Mar 2013Former MP Warren Freer dies (New Zealand)
30 Mar 1980The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection is formed (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.
30 Mar 1985Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Williams appears on TV 1 news.
30 Mar 1985Television news report: Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
The report also features MP Geoff Braybrooke and Bill Logan. 6.30 news, ref F62402.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
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.
31 Mar 1985Television news report: people picket outside Salvation Army citadels (New Zealand)
People protest the Army's backing of the anti-law reform petition. 6.30 news, ref F62403.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
31 Mar 2018International Transgender Day of Visibility is held (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia