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June 1949

June 1972

  • The first Gay Pride week is held in New Zealand (New Zealand)

June 1973

  • The cover of Broadsheet shows two lesbians (New Zealand)

June 1975

  • The United Women's Convention is held (Wellington). An estimated 200 women attended the lesbian feminist workshop

June 1980

  • A street-walk for lesbian visibility is held (Wellington)
  • Lesbians and gay men picket the Russian embassy to protest at the treatment of homosexuals in the USSR (Wellington)

June 1981

  • A lesbian activist weekend is held (New Zealand)
  • The Grey Lynn / Ponsonby Black Women's collective holds a Black Dykes' hui (Waiheke Island)

June 1989

  • The group GLAD is formed (Hamilton). The group is formed to work for anti-discrimination, including the broadening of the Human Rights Act

June 1992

  • The underground newsletter Bog Spy publication begins (Auckland). The newsletter is about sexual activity in Auckland's public toilets

1 June 1944

  • NZ Truth reports on New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth). Since 1917 the prison has housed sexual perverts, including homosexualists. The article notes "It should be borne in mind that the majority of homosexuals are men of intelligence, who have a thorough appreciation of the nature and the wrongness of their act and are consequently culpable at law.". Link: NZ Truth

1 June 1975

  • Television news report: backgrounder before interview with MP Gerard Wall (New Zealand). Seven Days, ref: TZP2235. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

1 June 1984

  • The AIDS Support Network is established (New Zealand). The Network has branches throughout the country, including Auckland. The Wellington branch is established by Bruce Burnett, Phil Parkinson, Bill Logan and possibly others. Links: GayNZ.net, LAGANZ

1 June 1985

  • AIDS activist and educator Bruce Burnett dies (Auckland). Links: PrideNZ, LAGANZ

1 June 2019

  • Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki apologies to the rainbow community (Auckland region). The apology happens during the Love is Greater Than Hate event at Destiny's Stand! Conference. Media report Bishop Tamaki as saying "It has never been my intent to cause hurt or harm." Referring to the Enough is Enough march in 2004, Tamaki said that if he had another chance "we'd do some things differently.". Link: Stuff

1 June 2020

  • Georgina Beyer becomes a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) (New Zealand). Beyer was awarded the honour for "services to LGBTIQA+ Rights". Links: Stuff.co.nz, Honours list

2 June 1985

  • Television news report: Bruce Burnett's death is reported and the YWCA comes in support of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F57639. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) decide on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP123647. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

2 June 1987

  • Television news report: the third International Conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F92793. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

2 June 1989

  • Singer Judy Small performs at St Patricks Hall (Wellington)

2 June 1990

  • A lesbian gathering and conference is held (Christchurch)

2 June 2009

  • Television feature: interview with Marama Pala from INA (New Zealand). Warrant of Fitness, ref F115058. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

2 June 2017

  • Dr David Lim is found guilty of stupefying and indecently assaulting patients (Hastings). Link: Stuff

3 June 1954

4 June 1989

  • Television current affairs: a positive approach to AIDS (New Zealand). Journalist Amanda Millar talks to Alistair who is living with AIDS and Micahel who is dying from AIDS related complications. Frontline, ref F96441. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

4 June 1999

  • Television programme: Behind the Wheel - segment on a man planning on going in drag to the HERO parade (New Zealand). Behind the Wheel, ref F41334. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

4 June 2005

  • The fundraising Black and White Ball is held (Wellington). 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)

4 June 2018

  • Jacquie Grant becomes an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) (West Coast region). Grant was awarded the honour for services to the community. She had earlier received the MNZM in 1997. Link: Stuff.co.nz
  • The Topp Twins are appointed Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand). The honours for Jools and Lynda Topp were announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Link: Stuff.co.nz

5 June 1972

  • A Gay Liberation Protest takes place in Auckland (Auckland). Link: Facebook

5 June 1981

  • CDC reports five previously young, healthy gay men in Los Angeles having PCP (United States of America). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report later is acknowledged as the first published scientific account of what would become known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Links: CDC (1), CDC (2)

5 June 1985

  • Television news report: gay activists are learning to fight back as gay bashing increases (New Zealand). ref: TZP14411. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: gay bashings increase (New Zealand). Features interviews with Neil Costelloe, Rob Lake and Philip Peek. Eyewitness news, ref F82229. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: Kate Leslie remembers Bruce Burnett, co-founder of the AIDS Support Network (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F82228. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: funeral held for Bruce Burnett, pioneering AIDS activist (New Zealand). ref: TZP139202. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The media reports self-defense courses for gay men are becoming more popular (New Zealand). This follows a reported increase in gay bashings as the Homosexual Law Reform Bill moves through Parliament

5 June 1989

  • A South Island lesbian conference is held at Christchurch Polytech (Christchurch)

5 June 1991

  • Television news report: 10th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Warren Lindberg, Christina Lewis, Gloria Taylor and Eve Van Grafhorst. Holmes, ref F104646. Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, CDC (1), CDC (2)

5 June 2006

  • Television news report: 25th anniversary of the first CDC report on AIDS (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F93401. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

6 June 1974

6 June 1977

6 June 1985

6 June 1991

  • Television news report: the first 10 years of AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Dr Rod Ellis-Pegler and Darren Horn. TV3 news, ref F104658. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

6 June 2001

  • Composer Douglas Lilburn dies (Wellington). Lilburn, described as the "grandfather of New Zealand music," dies peacefully at his home in Wellington. Lilburn was a composer, teacher, philanthropist and advocate for social justice. Link: Te Ara

7 June 1954

  • Computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing dies (United Kingdom). An inquest determined Turing had committed suicide. However Turing's mother believed that the cyanide poisoning was accidental, resulting from her son's careless storage of laboratory chemicals

7 June 1985

  • Television news report: a women against pornography vigil is held at Parliament (Wellington). ref: TZP14596. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

7 June 2017

  • PPTA calls for gender-neutral uniforms and toilets be introduced into schools (New Zealand). The Taranaki Daily News reports that in its latest voluntary guidelines, the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) calls for gender-neutral uniforms and toilets be introduced into schools. Link: Stuff.co.nz

8 June 1984

  • Male homosexual activity becomes legal in New South Wales (New South Wales, Australia). The age of consent is set at 18 (it is 16 for heterosexual and lesbian couples). Link: Wikipedia

8 June 2018

  • New 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. Link: Otago Daily Times

9 June 1933

  • Te Ahurangi Matene (a.k.a. Rosanna Laihae) appears in court charged with falsely representing himself to be a woman (Auckland). Matene's lawyer submits that Matene had every intention of paying money owing, and so therefore a fraud charge could not stand. The case is dismissed. Link: Papers Past

9 June 1980

  • Television: performance of excerpts from play "The Case of Katherine Mansfield" (New Zealand). ref: TZP1048916. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

9 June 1989

10 June 1938

  • Eugenia Falleni dies following injuries sustained in an accident (Sydney, Australia). The previous day Falleni had stepped off the pavement in front of a motorcar. Link: Wikipedia

10 June 1981

10 June 1985

  • A public meeting is held to discuss homosexual law reform (Auckland). Labour MP Fran Wilde goes head-to-head with opponents of the Bill
  • Television news report: 800 people fill an Auckland hall to listen to debate about Homosexual Law Reform (Auckland). ref: TZP139255. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: three more cases of AIDS in New Zealand and the Department of Health are anxious to provide information for at-risk groups (New Zealand). ref: TZP13242. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: three more people are diagnosed with AIDS and MP Fran Wilde meets opponents of homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F82823. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: The Department of Health wants to educate at risk groups about AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP13293. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Three more people are diagnosed with AIDS in New Zealand promoting health warnings (New Zealand)

11 June 1976

11 June 2005

  • Television news reports: calls to help protect homosexual students from bullying, and AIDS in Africa (New Zealand). Two reports: bullying (interviewees include Maria Hogan, Julie Hogan and Judie Alison) and the Pope says abstinence from sex is the only way to prevent the spread of AIDS in Africa. TV3 news, ref F87104. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

12 June 2014

  • Writer and activist Pat Rosier dies (New Zealand). Link: LILAC

13 June 1985

  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform Bill unlikely to pass without changes (New Zealand). ref: TZP12192. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: TVNZ survey reveals Homosexual Law Reform Bill unlikely to survive unchanged (New Zealand). ref: TZP17869. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 June 1986

  • Television news report: the US Public Health Service is making startling predictions about the spread of AIDS. (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91828. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

13 June 1991

13 June 2005

  • Television news report: Ian Wishart's magazine article about the effectiveness of condoms (New Zealand). TV3 news, ref F87106. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Ministry of Health will now off HIV tests to pregnant women (New Zealand). Interviewees include Dr Graham Mills, Dr Patrick Tuohy and Rachael Le Mesurier. One news, ref F87085. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

14 June 1983

14 June 1991

15 June 1984

16 June 2017

  • LGBTI rainbow advocate Aaron Fleming receives a Blake Leader Award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust (Wellington). The award was presented to Fleming by the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington. Link: Stuff
  • Mika X is confirmed as The Opportunities Party (TOP) candidate for the Auckland Central Electorate (Auckland). TOP was founded by philanthropist Gareth Morgan in November 2016. Link: Scoop
  • Purple Onion - a dance work inspired by the drag venue - is performed by Le Moana at the Hannah Playhouse (Wellington). The dance work had two performances - Friday and Saturday night at 9.30pm. Link: Stuff

17 June 1882

  • Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies is born (Dunedin). Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic and gender reassignment surgery. Link: Wikipedia

17 June 1906

  • Writer Eric McCormick is born (Rangitikei region). McCormick wrote, among other works, biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins. Link: Te Ara

17 June 1909

  • The marriage of Percival Redwood (a.k.a. Amy Bock) and Agnes Ottaway is annulled (Dunedin). Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

17 June 2006

  • Television news report: New Zealanders being denied access to pain relieving drugs (New Zealand). Interviewees include Jonathan Smith, Rachael Le Mesurier, Dr Pippa Mackay and Peter Moodie. TV3 news, ref F93675. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

18 June 1902

18 June 1929

  • Politician Colin Moyle is born (Thames). Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977 after it was made public that he had been questioned by the police on suspicion of homosexual activities. Link: Wikipedia

18 June 1985

  • Television news report: Gay Task Force present a submission on Homosexual Law Reform Bill to the Select Committee (New Zealand). ref: TZP12345. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: homosexual law reform will help slow the spread of AIDS (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F83217. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: the group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F83218. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The group Heterosexuals Unafraid of Gays (HUG) is formed (New Zealand). The group is set up to support the homosexual law reform campaign. Link: LAGANZ
  • The media reports calls for homosexual law reform to help reduce the spread of AIDS (New Zealand)

19 June 1991

19 June 2008

  • Dr Matt Wildbore dies (Auckland). Wildbore supported many HIV positive men during the 1980s and 1990s. Links: GayNZ.com, NZ.com

20 June 1980

  • MP Warren Freer stops working on a Bill that would have adapted the law relating to sexual acts between consenting males (New Zealand). Link: Hansard

20 June 1983

  • Television: Meetings between a massage parlour owner and his accountant bugged by tax inspectors (Auckland). ref: TZP107574. An official Inland Revenue Department inquiry into why Aucklander and massage parlour owner Ronald Kingnsnorth's meetings had been bugged by tax inspectors. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 June 2017

  • Athlete Blake Skjellerup says leading sporting bodies still aren't doing enough to counteract homophobia (New Zealand). Stuff reports Skjellerup saying "I still think within the professional sporting environment in New Zealand there is a fear by administration and athletes to step outside of the status quo, and to go against what has always been done, or in this case, not be done.". Link: Stuff

21 June 1981

  • Gay 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. Link: Te Papa

21 June 1984

21 June 1995

  • The Dunedin Pride festival is held (Dunedin). The festival runs from 21 June - 15 July 1995. Link: NZ.com

21 June 2013

22 June 1954

22 June 1980

  • Gay 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. Link: Auckland Museum

22 June 1982

  • Foolish Things by Peter Wells screens at the Frameline Film Festival (San Francisco, United States of America). The film screens twice - at the Pacific Film Archives on Tuesday 22 June, and on Thursday 24 June. Links: Bay Area Reporter (1) , Bay Area Reporter (2)

22 June 1990

  • The Gay Community Centre closes (Wellington)

22 June 1995

  • The last issue of Man to Man is published (New Zealand). It is replaced by the fully-fledged newspaper Express. In 2014 Express changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website. Links: National Library, Gay Express

22 June 2020

  • Sex-on-site venue Checkmate re-opens (Wellington). The venue had closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but re-opened after New Zealand returned to Alert Level 1

23 June 1912

  • Computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing is born (London, United Kingdom)

23 June 1996

  • The Dunedin Pride festival takes place (Dunedin). The festival runs from 23 June-6 July. The festival begins with a dog show and soccer match and ends with a Masquerade Ball. Link: NZ.com

24 June 1920

  • Albert Edward McGurk is released from New Plymouth Prison (New Plymouth). McGurk had been convicted in 1915 of committing an unnatural offence and had been jailed for 7-years with hard labour

24 June 1973

  • Gay Pride Week activities are held (New Zealand). Activities are held throughout New Zealand. In Dunedin the week runs from Sunday 24 - Saturday 30 June. Link: National Library

24 June 1974

  • Television current affairs: Gay Pride week (New Zealand). Features an interview with a gay man (and his father) in Coromandel preparing to march solo in solidarity with other pride marches. Look North, ref TZP2100. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 June 1987

  • Television current affairs: moral panic surrounding AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Norman Jones, Dr Richard Meech, Paul East and Dr Micheal Bassett. Eyewitness news, ref F92935. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 June 1995

  • The first Man to Man Gay and Lesbian Writing Festival is held (Auckland). 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. Link: NZ.com

24 June 1998

  • Television drama: an HIV story-line on Shortland Street (New Zealand). Shortland Street, ref F36149. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 June 2005

  • The 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. Link: Workers World

25 June 1985

  • Television news report: Blood transfusion service will soon be able to test for AIDS (New Zealand). ref: TZP17667. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

25 June 1991

  • Television news report: Eve van Grafhorst makes it to Disneyland (New Zealand). Nightline, ref F105192. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

25 June 2003

  • The Prostitution Reform (Bill 2003) is read a third time, voted on and passed (New Zealand). The Bill was introduced into Parliament by Tim Barnett (Christchurch Central, Labour Party). It passes its third reading 60-59. Links: Handsard, Parliament

25 June 2011

  • Sitaleki Koloamatangi attacks Trevor Kaukau leaving him severely brain damaged. (Auckland). Koloamatangi is later sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Links: GayNZ, NZ Hearld

26 June 1967

  • Radio: Rev Godfrey Wilson broadcasts a nationwide sermon reflecting on homosexuality (New Zealand). The Reverend broadcasts from St Peter's Anglican church in Willis Street, Wellington. The anti-discrimination sermon is possibly the first of its kind to be heard in New Zealand. Link: PrideNZ.com

26 June 1979

  • As part of Gay Pride Week a radio interview is broadcast featuring members of the Nelson Gay Welfare Group (Nelson). The interview is broadcast on 2ZN. A copy of the interview is available at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. Link: LAGANZ

26 June 1986

  • Television news report: an international AIDS conference takes place (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F91925. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 June 1991

  • Man to Man publication begins (New Zealand). It starts out as a 4-page pamphlet but by mid 1995 it has grown into a fully-fledged newspaper called Express. In 2014 Express changes to a monthly magazine format with accompanying website. Links: National Library, Gay Express

27 June 1927

27 June 1982

  • Gay Pride Week takes place (New Zealand). The week runs until 3 July. Link: PrideNZ.com

28 June 1918

28 June 1969

  • The Stonewall riots take place (New York, United States of America). Link: Wikipedia

28 June 1981

  • Possibly the first-ever (by/for/about) gay radio broadcast takes place (Wellington). The Gay Radio programme is broadcast on Wellington Access Radio - New Zealand's first community access radio station. It is produced as part of Gay Pride Week 1981. Link: PrideNZ.com

28 June 2001

28 June 2003

  • The Prostitution Reform Act (2003) is enacted (New Zealand). Link: Parliament

29 June 1875

  • Charles Mackay is born (Nelson). Mackay later became the mayor of Wanganui. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

29 June 1907

  • The Girlhood of a Man by N. O. Body is reviewed in the New Zealand Herald (Berlin, Germany). The autobiography of "Nobody" was published in Berlin. It documents the life of Nora/Norbet who was born in 1884. Link: Papers Past

29 June 1944

  • Journalist and media personality David Hartnell is born (Auckland). Hartnell is best know for his Hollywood gossip column, as well as being one of the first presenters of Express Report, the first weekly LGBTI rainbow television series in New Zealand. Links: Wikipedia, DavidHartnell.com

29 June 1973

  • A Gay Liberation march and rally takes place at Dunedin Town Hall (Dunedin). The rally is part of Gay Pride Week activities. Link: National Library

29 June 1979

30 June 1978

  • Television: Gay Pride's "Blue Jean Day" (New Zealand). ref: TZP28739. Gay pride activists called for homosexuals to wear denim in order to show everyone that gay people, like jeans, can be found almost everywhere. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 June 2017

  • Germany's Bundestag votes to legalize same-sex marriage The Bill is passed 393-226, with 4 abstentions and 7 absentees. Link: Wikipedia
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