Historical Events in September

Sep 1863Writer Samuel Butler begins a relationship with Charles Paine Pauli (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara, Papers Past
Sep 1976The Back Street Theatre tours the country (New Zealand)
The theatre group is formed by the National Radical Feminist Caucus.
Sep 1980A group of lesbians join protests against the US nuclear-powered warship Truxtun (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group holds a banner reading "Lesbian Activity Today Stops Radioactivity Tomorrow."
Sep 1980A workshop on lesbianism is held during the first national hui for Black women (New Zealand)
Sep 1980Chief Human Rights Commissioner Pat Downey rejects National Gay Rights Coalition submissions (New Zealand)
Downey says discrimination is justified in some circumstances.
Sep 1980Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Sep 1981Lesbians and Gays Against Racism is formed during the campaign against the Springbok rugby tour (New Zealand)
Sep 1985The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is formed (New Zealand)
The Foundation grows out of the AIDS Support Network, after receiving a Government grant in April 1985.
Sep 1989The Gay Motorbike Club is formed (New Zealand)
It soon became the Mercury Motorbike Club.
Sep 1990Pink Triangle magazine ends (New Zealand)
The magazine was published by the National Gay Rights Coalition. It was an important source of news and feature articles and was distributed nationally. The first issue was published on 14 May 1979.
Links: Auckland Museum
Sep 1997Auckland City Council refuses to fund the Hero Parade (Auckland, New Zealand)
The organisers had asked for $32,000 to crowd barriers and cleanup
1 Sep 1916A Bill is introduced to allow females to wear male clothing and take a male first name (Melbourne, Australia)
The Colonist newspaper reports the move as "freak legislation in Victoria".
Links: Papers Past
1 Sep 1984The Wellington Gay Task Force is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The group is formed by John McDavitt, Bill Logan and others.
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
3 Sep 1985Television news report: The Health Department wants GP's to talk to patients at high risk of contracting AIDS (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F86075.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
3 Sep 1991Television news report: condom sales are dropping (New Zealand)
Interviewees include Margaret Durden, Margaret Sparrow, Krista Blake and Adie Davis. TV3 news, ref F105875.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
3 Sep 1995Pianist Michael Houston performs a benefit concert for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (Auckland, New Zealand)
The performance takes place at the School of Music, University of Auckland.
Links: NZ.com
3 Sep 2002New Zealand AIDS Foundation is blocked from erecting penis billboards. (New Zealand)
The billboards were to promote National Penis Day on 5 September.
Links: Gay NZ
3 Sep 2013Coroner H Brandt Shortland finds a teenager bullied for being "feminine", committed suicide. (New Zealand)
Marvin Te Maunga Te Kotahitanga Peihopa died on 5 April 2009.
Links: Stuff
3 Sep 2013Phillip Edwards is arrested after a child was abducted in August and later found abandoned. (Auckland, New Zealand)
In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee.
Links: Gay NZ
4 Sep 1957The Wolfenden report is published (United Kingdom)
One of the recommendations in the report was that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence."
Links: Wikipedia
4 Sep 1993Darren Horn dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Horn was an early convener of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
5 Sep 2002New Zealand AIDS Foundation launches the "Toolbox" safe sex campaign. (New Zealand)
The toolbox contains condoms, lubricants and application hints, and was distributed to people on the street.
Links: Gay NZ
8 Sep 1985Activist Alison Laurie appears on television to debate homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Laurie is responding to Barry Reid, a staunch opponent of law reform. The programme airs on TV1 at 9.30pm.
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 1985Television news report: New Zealalnd's eleventh AIDS case is announced (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F86225.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
9 Sep 1985The media reports New Zealand's eleventh case of AIDS (New Zealand)
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 Sep 1960Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies dies (London, United Kingdom)
Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic surgery and gender-reassignment surgery.
Links: Wikipedia
10 Sep 2008Composer Chris Gendall wins the 2008 APRA SOUNZ Contemporary award (Auckland, New Zealand)
Chris receives the award during the APRA Silver Scroll Awards event held in Auckland
Links: RNZ
10 Sep 2008The Topp Twins are inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Topp Twins receive the honour during the APRA Silver Scroll award event in Auckland
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
10 Sep 2013David Cunliffe stands down a campaign worker during his bid for the Labour Party leadership. (New Zealand)
Jennie Michie is quoted as remarking earlier "It would be naive to imagine that there would be no resistance to a gay prime minister at this point".
Links: Gay NZ
11 Sep 1935Mountaineer Freda Du Faur dies (Sydney, Australia)
Du Faur commits suicide.
Links: Papers Past, Sydney Morning Herald, Te Ara
11 Sep 1944Chrissy Witoko is born (Hastings, New Zealand)
Witoko would later own (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington.
Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa
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.
11 Sep 1986The Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre is damaged by arson (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)
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
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
12 Sep 1861Painter Dorothy Richmond is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
12 Sep 2009The Vintner's Luck has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival
The film is based on Elizabeth Knox's novel
Links: Wikipedia
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
13 Sep 1985Television news report: scuffles with pro-homosexual law reform marchers in Wellington (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F86286.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
14 Sep 1868Alexander Turnbull is born (Wellington, New Zealand)
During his life Turnbull collected a wide variety of manuscripts and documents. He later donated his collection to the country - forming the basis of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
15 Sep 1954A committee chaired by Lord Wolfenden begins looking into homosexual offences and prostitution (United Kingdom)
The resulting report is published in 1957.
Links: Wikipedia
15 Sep 2002Kiwifruits fundraising calendar is launched. (New Zealand)
The community calendar is a fundraising project for gay touch rugby players heading to the Sydney Gay Games.
Links: Gay NZ
15 Sep 2008Television mini series: Love Patrol
Looks at HIV AIDS in the Pacific. Ref F109798.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
16 Sep 1882Mountaineer Freda Du Faur is born (Sydney, Australia)
Links: Sydney Morning Herald, Te Ara
16 Sep 1980Arthur Ball is found not guilty of murdering Miles MacFarlane (on the grounds of insanity) (Wellington, New Zealand)
16 Sep 2013Peter Taylor, a well known Auckland personality dies. (Auckland, New Zealand)
Taylor died shortly after stopping treatments for long-term HIV and leishmaniasis infections.
Links: GayNZ.com (1), GayNZ.com (2)
17 Sep 1985Television news report: anti-homosexual law reform petition results for each electorate will be passed onto MPs (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87202.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
17 Sep 1991Television news report: Hollywood stars raise money for AIDS research (United States of America)
TV3 news, ref F106019.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
17 Sep 1994The Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre (LILAC) opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Centre is for women-oriented women and holds the largest accessible collection of lesbian books and other materials in New Zealand.
Links: LILAC
18 Sep 1985Television news report: MPs have been given results from the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Features an interview with MP Graeme Lee who is the petition organiser. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87198.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
18 Sep 2004Peter Wells writes about the killing of David McNee (New Zealand)
Wells writes an article for the Listener about the trial of Phillip Layton Edwards who killed David McNee in Auckland. The article begins "Listening to a dead person being made responsible for their own violent death is an odd sensation." Later in the article Wells makes the point "It is impossible in New Zealand - and many other countries - to murder a homosexual. It is possible to be found guilty of manslaughter. The underlying message is that any homosexual's life is of little value."
Links: Listener
19 Sep 1893New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections (New Zealand)
Links: NZ History, Papers Past
19 Sep 1971Ngahuia Te Awekotuku leads women's liberation in a Suffrage Day of Mourning (New Zealand)
19 Sep 1985Television news report: an AIDS scare at a school in England (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87200.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
20 Sep 2002Countrymen's Institute sauna closes. (Auckland, New Zealand)
The sauna was established in 1988 by Glen Morris and Lawson Bracewell.
Links: Gay NZ
21 Sep 1996The Riding the Rainbow '96 conference takes place (Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Pink Health conference's theme is self esteem.
Links: NZ.com
21 Sep 2000The Prostitution Reform Bill is introduced into Parliament by Labour MP Tim Barnett (New Zealand)
22 Sep 1985Television news report: organisers of the anti-homosexual law reform petition say they have gathered 800,000 signatures (New Zealand)
6.30 news, ref F87253.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
23 Sep 1985Television news report: the anti-homosexual law reform petition is presented to politicians on the steps of parliament (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F57731.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
23 Sep 2009Mates and Lovers play by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
23 Sep 2017The General Election sees at least seven rainbow politicians in Parliament (New Zealand)
Louisa Wall, Grant Robertson, Meka Whaitiri, Tamati Coffee and Kiritapu Allan (Labour Party); Jan Logie (Green Party) and Chris Finlayson (National Party)
Links: Gay Express
24 Sep 1945Police interview two women about their recent marriage to each other (Auckland, New Zealand)
The Evening Post headline reads "Strange Masquerade, Woman as Man."
Links: Papers Past
24 Sep 1985Television news report: presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform at parliament and blood donor testing has been delayed (New Zealand)
Features an interview with MPs Fran Wilde and Graeme Lee. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87267.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
24 Sep 1985Television news report: scuffles during the presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand)
Eyewitness news, ref F87268.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
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
24 Sep 2004The Presbyterian Church votes to prevent lesbians, gays or people in defacto relationships from becoming church leaders.
25 Sep 1921Prime Minister Robert Muldoon is born (Auckland, New Zealand)
As Prime Minister, Muldoon accuses MP Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual practices. Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977.
Links: Te Ara
25 Sep 1985Television news report: validity of signatures on the anti-homosexual law reform petition are questioned (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57732.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
25 Sep 2009Television news report: breakthrough in stopping the spread of HIV (New Zealand)
Nightline, ref F195226.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
25 Sep 2013Correction Minister Anne Tolley announces that transgender prisoners will be housed according to their legal sex. (New Zealand)
At the time of the announcement there were nine transgender offenders in the prison system.
Links: Stuff
25 Sep 2017A same-sex couple are denied a church wedding by St Peter's Anglican Church (New Zealand)
The Anglican Church denies Alexandra Saunders and Sara Rimmer the right to marry at St Peter's in Paekakariki. The churches nationwide position is to "uphold Christian marriage as a union of a man and a woman". Priests are not allowed to officiate same-sex marriages.
Links: Stuff
26 Sep 1860Photographer Henry Winkelmann is born (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Links: Te Ara, Auckland War Memorial Museum
26 Sep 1936Phillip Stewart is arrested in an Auckland hotel "dressed as a girl" (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
26 Sep 1985Current affairs: Christian political activism and homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
Close Up, ref F87271.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Sep 1985Television news report: criticism in the delay for AIDS testing of blood donors (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F87269.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
26 Sep 1985The segment "Rise of the Moral Majority" screens as part of Close Up on TV1 (New Zealand)
The current affairs programme examines Christian political activism and homosexual law reform.
27 Sep 1985Television news report: Australian immunologist calls New Zealand's approach to AIDS irresponsible (New Zealand)
6.30 news Top Half, ref F57733.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
27 Sep 2002The general assembly of Presbyterian Church rejects a motion to investigate the church's position on gay ministers. (New Zealand)
The motion is put forward by the Wellington Presbytery.
Links: Gay NZ
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
27 Sep 2013Paul Findlay resigns as a board-member of youth group Q-topia. (Christchurch, New Zealand)
A sexting conversation was publicized in the media allegedly between Findlay and a person identifying themselves as a fifteen-year-old.
Links: NZ Herald, GayNZ
28 Sep 1994AIDS activist and educator Tom O'Donoghue dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
O'Donoghue was a founding member of the National People Living With AIDS Union and Collective Thinking, a publication for people living with, or affected by, HIV AIDS.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Tui Motu InterIslands Magazine
28 Sep 2002Michael Pattison gains media attention as an openly gay man competing in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year. (New Zealand)
Pattison has previously won Mr Gay Wellington and Mr Drag Wellington.
Links: Gay NZ, Access My Library
28 Sep 2013A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington, New Zealand)
Links: Gay Express
28 Sep 2013NZ AIDS Foundation kaumatua Aunty Wai Mason dies (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Gay NZ, NZ AIDS Foundation, PrideNZ.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
30 Sep 2013A public meeting is held to discuss safety on Karangahape Road. (Auckland, New Zealand)
The meeting follows an increase in violence towards rainbow people in the K'Road area.
Links: K'rd Community Safety