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Our Stonewall

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. The uprising, which began on 28 June 1969, is seen by many as a key moment in the birth of the Gay Liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTI rainbow rights, particularly in the USA. In New Zealand the push for homosexual law reform and equality had begun years earlier.

On 29 June 2019, the Our Stonewall event was held in Wellington to not only acknowledge the Stonewall Uprising, but also to celebrate local LGBTI people and activities. Roger Smith and Gareth Watkins highlighted a representative sampling of local historic events and postgraduate historian Will Hansen reflected on rainbow activism today, highlighting what we’re still fighting for, and why.

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  • 0:00:06 - Introduction - Gareth Watkins
  • 0:02:08 - Roger Smith and Gareth Watkins' presentation
  • 0:05:12 - Peter Tatchell (audio clip)
  • 0:06:38 - Sarah McBride (audio clip)
  • 0:08:25 - Jan Logie (audio clip)
  • 0:11:56 - Jan Logie - marching in Pride (audio clip)
  • 0:13:10 - John Jolliff and Des Smith (audio clip)
  • 0:15:32 - Dana de Milo (audio clip)
  • 0:19:12 - Johnny Croskery (audio clip)
  • 0:21:55 - Richard Benge (audio clip)
  • 0:24:04 - Drew Hadwen remembers Sister Paula Brettkelly (audio clip)
  • 0:25:57 - Rev Dr Susan Jones (audio clip)
  • 0:27:54 - Elizabeth Kerekere (audio clip)
  • 0:32:34 - Marriage equality audio, including Helen Kelly (audio clip)
  • 0:35:06 - Georgina Beyer (audio clip)
  • 0:37:37 - Andrew Reynolds (audio clip)
  • 0:40:00 - Will Hansen's presentation
  • 1:05:28 - Comments from the audience: Liam, Kevin Haunui and Hugh Young


1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, actions, activism, activities, advocate, aids memorial quilt, aids roadshow (bruce burnett), alison laurie, allies, amanduh la whore, amazons softball club (wellington), andrew reynolds, anxiety, aotearoa new zealand, apartheid, auckland pride festival, auckland pride festival (2019), australia, awhina centre, beacons of hope (wellington), bill logan, births, deaths, marriages, and relationships registration bill (2017), bisexual, bruce burnett, candlelight memorials, carmen rupe, celia wade-brown, chief of defence force, chris carter, chrissy witoko, church, civil union act (2004), civil unions, coca-cola amatil new zealand, dana de milo, daniel fielding, depression, des smith, destiny church, devotion (wellington), devotion festival (wellington), devotion parade, diversity, diversity and inclusion, drew hadwen, elizabeth kerekere, family first nz, flags, fletcher building, fran wilde, frank lund, gareth farr, gareth watkins, gay, georgina beyer, grant robertson, hares and hyenas (bookstore), helen houghton, helen kelly, heterosexuals unafraid of gays (hug), homonormativity, homophobia, homosexual, homosexual law reform, homosexual law reform act (1986), hope, hugh young, hui, human rights, human rights act (1993), if i should die (book), ihumatao, indigenous peoples, insideout, institutional homophobia, institutional racism, intersex trust aotearoa new zealand (itanz), jan logie, john jolliff, johnny croskery, julie glamuzina, justin lester, kevin haunui, lesbian and gay fair (wellington), light armoured vehicle (nzdf), louisa wall, mani bruce mitchell, maori, marae, margaret mayman, mark blumskey, marriage equality, matariki, maxine wilkinson, melbourne, member of parliament, neil costelloe, new zealand aids foundation (nzaf), new zealand aids memorial quilt, new zealand council of trade unions (ctu), new zealand defence force (nzdf), ngahuia te awekotuku, nik dimopoulos, oppression, out in the park (wellington), parliament buildings, people of colour, people with aids collective, peter cuthbert, peter tatchell, phil parkinson, pink washing, police, police image work, politics, pride parade, pride parade (auckland), pride parade (wellington), prison, prisoner double-bunking, prisoners, prostitution reform act (2003), provocation defence, queer, radio new zealand national, rage, raids, rainbow capitalism, rainbow crossing, rainbow flag, rainbow room, rainbow tick, rainbow wellington, rally for marriage equality, religion, rev dr susan jones, richard benge, rimming, robert gant, roger smith, russell mcveagh, sarah mcbride, shift hui, shift hui (2019), sister paula brettkelly, south africa, speak up for women, st andrew's on the terrace, st peter's church, state violence, stonewall inn, stonewall riots (1969), stuart pearce, suicide, takatāpui, tararua tramping club, the queer avengers (wellington), tim barnett, tiwhanawhana, tiwhanawhana trust, tom mclean, trans, trans-exclusionary radical feminism (terf), transgender, transgender activism, transphobia, transphobic violence, united nations, united states of america, very rev john murray, violence, wellington, wellington international pride parade (wipp), will hansen, world aids day, youth

Record date:29th June 2019
Location:Tararua Tramping Club, Wellington
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