Historical Events in November

Nov 1957Politician Georgina Beyer is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
Beyer would later become the world's first openly transsexual Mayor and Member of Parliament.
Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia
Nov 1966Raewyn Petley is found dead in her bed with a deep wound to her neck (New Zealand)
Doreen Ellen Davis is charged with her murder.
Nov 1973The group Rotorua Gay Liberation Front is formed (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Nov 1975Robin Duff stands in the General Election as an openly gay candidate for the Values party (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Nov 1978Robin Duff and Sandy Gauntlett stand in the General Election (New Zealand)
They are both openly gay candidates for the Values Party.
Nov 1980Overnight Wellington City Council buses are covered in stickers promoting the Wellington Lesbian Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)
Nov 1993Devotion: a lesbian and gay celebration is published (Wellington, New Zealand)
It's published by Sprung! Productions and Caspers.
Nov 1994The first HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
Nov 2005UP magazine begins
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
1 Nov 2002Panels from the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt travel to Australia to be part of an international display at the Sydney Gay Games. (Sydney, Australia)
Links: Gay NZ
2 Nov 1915Composer Douglas Lilburn is born (Whanganui, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
3 Nov 1802Missionary William Yate is born (Shropshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia, Te Ara
3 Nov 1986Television news report: an AIDS campaign in the UK (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132222.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
3 Nov 1989A national hui for Maori Lesbians is held (Wellington, New Zealand)
The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae.
4 Nov 1996Bryan James Gardner murders David Shore in a hotel room (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Gardener is sentenced to life imprisonment in May 1997.
Links: Sensible Sentencing Trust
5 Nov 1984Television news report: AIDS antibodies are found in a batch of blood (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F56365.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Nov 1984Television news report: AIDS antibodies are found in blood products (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F58700.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Nov 1985Parliament debates the petition against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
5 Nov 1985Television news report: a review of homosexual law reform after the Select Comittee hearings (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F88700.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
5 Nov 1995Martin Dickson is licensed as a Presbyterian minister (New Zealand)
Dickson is the first openly gay man to be licensed in New Zealand by the Presbyterian church. In 1999 the Sunday Star Times reported that despite being licensed as a minister, no congregation wanted him. "One thing I've learnt is people often have quite good intentions, but the last thing they want in their Church is conflict."
Links: Sunday Star Times
5 Nov 2002Chrissy Witoko dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Witoko owned (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington.
Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa
5 Nov 2010Phillip Sanders and David Galloway are found guilty of the manslaughter of Diksy Jones
Galloway was [finally] sentenced to nine years imprisonment, and Sanders nine years and six months
6 Nov 1984The Christchurch Gay Task Force is formed (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ
6 Nov 1985The second reading of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill continues in Parliament (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
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
6 Nov 2014Hui Takataapui takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
The hui is held at Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae, Whatawhata.
Links: PrideNZ.com
7 Nov 1945Garth Gilmour is arrested for breaking and entering (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Gilmour is arrested dressed in female clothing. In a police statement Gilmour said it gave him a certain amount of satisfaction to dress in girl's clothes and he liked "flitting about from house to house."
Links: Papers Past
7 Nov 1976National Prime Minister Robert Muldoon accuses Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual practices (New Zealand)
7 Nov 1985Television news report: moves by MP Norman Jones push a final vote on homosexual law reform into 1986 (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F88703.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
8 Nov 1968Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: Hansard
8 Nov 1968Television news report: Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
The Petitions Committee has no recommendation to make on the petition when it is returned to the House. MPs, by way of a voice vote, accept the committee's report. NZBC news, ref TZP86826. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)
8 Nov 2000Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
8 Nov 2000The first reading of the Prostitution Reform Bill takes place (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
8 Nov 2018The first Government and Partners Rainbow Conference is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
Co-organiser Theresa Peters said that "the audience is mostly staff and government agencies. The Rainbow community will be presenting to us; it's about how we review our practices and policies to do better for Rainbow communities."
9 Nov 1795(James) Miranda Steuart Barry is born (Ireland)
Links: Wikipedia
9 Nov 1987Television news report: HIV/AIDS in Uganda (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F90543.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
9 Nov 1991Heather McPherson launches Other World Relations at Unity Books (Wellington, New Zealand)
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
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)
10 Nov 1997Richard Leonard is found guilty of killing Stephen Dempsey with a crossbow in 1994 (Sydney, Australia)
Leonard claimed it was an act of self-defence after Dempsey propositioned him. Leonard was also found guilty of murdering a taxi driver. He was sentenced to life in prison
Links: Forensic Investigators
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
11 Nov 1950The first meeting of the Mattachine Society is held (Los Angeles, United States of America)
The Mattachine Society is one of the earliest homophile organisations in the USA.
Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ
12 Nov 1985Television news report: French doctors admit AIDS drug hasn't been a success (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57760.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
12 Nov 1986A national conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand)
Links: Gay BC
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
12 Nov 1997The Rev. David Bromell, an openly gay man, is ordained in the Methodist Church (New Zealand)
12 Nov 2009The Vintner's Luck has its New Zealand premiere. (New Zealand)
Based on Elizabeth Knox's novel.
Links: Wikipedia
13 Nov 1986The lesbian festival Celebrating Ourselves is held (Auckland, New Zealand)
14 Nov 1996A complaint against the Sexual Healing? documentary is upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (New Zealand)
The documentary featured former homosexual Noel Mosen, and broadcast on TV One on 16 May 1996.
Links: BSA
14 Nov 2005Television news reports: a British man who is HIV+ has been told he no longer has the virus (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Andrew Stimson, Patrick Dixon and Genevieve Clark. One news, ref F89597 and TV3 news, ref F89599.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision (1)
14 Nov 2018Choreographer and dancer Douglas Wright dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Stuff.co.nz
15 Nov 2000Bette Armstrong dies (Wellington region, New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
16 Nov 1928A court decides the book The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall is obscene (United Kingdom)
The judge orders the book to be destroyed.
Links: Wikipedia
16 Nov 1984Television news report: the government introduces greater screening measures for blood donors (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57512.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
16 Nov 1984Television news report: the government introduces greater screening measures for blood donors (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F59007.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
16 Nov 2005MP Maryan Street makes her maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand)
Street is New Zealand's first openly out lesbian elected to Parliament (Marilyn Waring was outed by the Truth newspaper in August 1976).
Links: Hansard
17 Nov 1972Television news report: the group Knowhow is committed to educating young people about sex (New Zealand)
This Day, ref TZP88072.
Links: TVNZ
17 Nov 1984Television news report: Health Department to set up an AIDS hotline (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F59008.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Nov 1984Television news report: an AIDS scare in Australia (New Zealand)
9.25 news, ref F57513.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Nov 1986Television news report: the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says the AIDS death toll may now be more than 20 (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F132286.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
18 Nov 1987Television news report: a Wellington surgeon says he has the right to refuse to treat a patient suspected of having AIDS (Wellington, New Zealand)
Draft guidelines have been earlier sent out 5,000 doctors around the country. Eyewitness news, ref F90570.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
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.
19 Nov 2011Piri Norris and Justin Elder have the first civil union at Parliament
20 Nov 1975Television current affairs: an interview with Vanessa (New Zealand)
Vanessa talks about sexual reassignment surgeries and current employment hardships. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.Speakeasy, ref TZP2286.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
20 Nov 1985The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) considers the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com
20 Nov 1993Eve van Grafhorst dies from AIDS-related complications (Hastings, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
20 Nov 2017Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated around New Zealand (New Zealand)
21 Nov 1957Historian Gavin McLean is born (Otago region, New Zealand)
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
22 Nov 1945Two women appear in court after being found to be married and living as husband and wife (Auckland, New Zealand)
The court orders both women to submit themselves to psychiatric treatment.
Links: Papers Past
22 Nov 1993The Look Out! Gaze In exhibition of gay men's art opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The exhibition was held in a Wellington City Council building in Civic Square next to the present Public Relations Office. The exhibition was part of the Devotion festival.
Links: National Library
22 Nov 2010Television news report: Pope Benedict XVI suggests condoms can be a means of preventing HIV transmission ((worldwide))
Interviewees include Austen Ivereigh and Jason Warriner. TV3 news, ref F203361. One News, ref F203085.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
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
24 Nov 1993David Halls (Hudson and Halls) is found dead in his apartment (London, United Kingdom)
Halls commits suicide after his partner Peter Hudson died from cancer a year earlier. Halls wrote "Without Peter I don't want to go on - he was my life, and I have no regrets. I love him now as much as I always did and I want to be with him for all eternity."
24 Nov 1993The Homophony concert takes place (Wellington, New Zealand)
The concert at St Andrew's was part of the Devotion festival, and was organised by Matthew Soeburg and Gareth Farr. It featured Soeburg on the piano.
Links: National Library
24 Nov 2009The second and third readings of the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand)
The removal of the provocation defence - also known as the gay panic defence (Section 169 of the Crimes Act 1961) was in part due to a public outcry when it was used in a heterosexual context by Clayton Weatherston. He claimed he was provoked into stabbing his ex-girlfriend 216 times. He was eventually convicted of her murder. Parliament completes the Second Reading, Committee of the Whole House and Third Reading of the Bill in one sitting day.
Links: Parliament, NZ Herald, GayNZ.com
25 Nov 1992The Hero Charitable Trust Incorporated is established (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Trust's vision was: A community which, through creative expression and celebration: learns to love, care and support itself. The Trust's kaupapa was: HERO seeks to serve a community characterised by love - the love of a man for a man - the love of a woman for a woman. That service finds expression through creativity and celebration. Through the activities of Hero the mana, health and pride of our community will be strengthened.
Links: Hero.org.nz
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
26 Nov 1984Television news report: an AIDS hotline is established (New Zealand)
Features an interview with Bruce Burnett. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F59173.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Nov 1998The Government's Human Rights Amendment Bill is defeated (New Zealand)
26 Nov 2003Television news report: mothers may soon be offered HIV tests (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Annette King and Gill Greer. TV3 news, ref F61111.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
26 Nov 2004Television news report: a man who is HIV+ is charged with criminal nuisance after having protected sex (New Zealand)
One news, ref F84513.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, NZ Herald
26 Nov 2007The trial of Ashley Arnopp and Andre Gilling begins over the death of Stanley Waipouri. (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Arnopp and Gilling are charged with murdering Waipouri in Palmerston North on 23 December 2006.
Links: Gay NZ
27 Nov 1978Harvey Milk is assassinated (San Francisco, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
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
27 Nov 1998Auckland City Council, under new Mayor Christine Fletcher, grants $15,000 for Hero Parade cleanup (Auckland, New Zealand)
28 Nov 1986Television news report: follow-up on Eve Van Grafhorst who moved to New Zealand earlier in the year (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F58249.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
28 Nov 1994Artist Arthur Tauhore dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
Tauhore dies from AIDS related conditions.
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
29 Nov 1906Diplomat Alister McIntosh is born (Marlborough region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
29 Nov 1997The fourth annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: NZ.com
29 Nov 2002The Select Committee reports back on the Prostitution Reform Bill (New Zealand)
Links: Parliament
29 Nov 2004Gay Eaters for Jesus call on Civil Union supporters to eat an extra portion of food at their next meal (New Zealand)
The call comes following the "limited fast" undertaken by United Future MP Paul Adams and Baptist pastor Steve Trim as protest to Civil Unions. "We want to promote a positive message with our action", said Xavier Goldie, facilitator of GEFJ. Goldie went on to say that GEFJ were not promoting a lifestyle of excess. "After all, many gay, lesbian and progressive people realise the beauty of restrained minimalism - whether in interior decorating or one's political outlook, and we certainly wouldn't want to contribute to an expanding waistband."
Links: Scoop
29 Nov 2004Television news reports: Civil Union Bill may pass within the next fortnight, and AIDS in Thailand (New Zealand)
TV3 news, ref F84523.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
30 Nov 1900Oscar Wilde dies (Paris, France)
Links: Wikipedia
30 Nov 1978Diplomat Alister McIntosh dies
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
30 Nov 2009Glenn Mills is found dead in a remand cell. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mills was accused of purposely infecting a number of sex partners with HIV. He was awaiting trial at the time of his death. He faced 28 charges relating to 14 people.
Links: TV3, Gay NZ
30 Nov 2009Television news report: Glen Mills dies while in remand (Auckland, New Zealand)
Interviewee Bruce Kilmister. One News, ref F194982.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
30 Nov 2012Former MP Katherine O'Regan apologies for not including transgender people in the anti-discrimination measures of the Human Rights Act 1993 (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: PrideNZ.com