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Timeline: 2010s

2010

  • Communication by Number 8 Films is released
  • Men Alone, Men Together by Mark Beehre is published

16 May 2010

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

5 July 2010

  • Television current affairs: where is the support for people living with AIDS in Papua New Guinea? Native Affairs, ref F200347. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

30 October 2010

  • An article profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force is published in Your Weekend (Dominion Post) (New Zealand). Out in Uniform, an article by Beck Eleven, is published in Your Weekend (Fairfax) magazine profiling LGBTI people in the NZ Defence Force including Major Brendan Wood and Lieutenant Commander Kevin Sanderson, Flight Sergeant Annette Walding and Flight Lieutenant Stu Pearce

5 November 2010

  • Phillip 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

22 November 2010

  • Television 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

2011

  • The Colonel's Outing by Number 8 Films is released

12 January 2011

  • Television news report: Condemnation of Cook Island's treatment of a worker who is HIV+ (New Zealand). Features interviews with Patrick Holmes and Dr Jason Myers. One news, ref F203457. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

13 January 2011

16 January 2011

  • A lesbian couple's business is burnt down in a continued serious of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads

13 February 2011

  • Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier (Auckland). Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
  • Television news report: the leaders of the two main political parties attend Big Gay Out (New Zealand). Features PM John Key, Phil Goff, and Jordan Harris from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. TV3 news, ref F206698. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

7 March 2011

  • Jason Meads is released from prison after serving a sentence for murdering Jeff Whittington in 1999 (New Zealand). Links: Stuff, Wikipedia

12 March 2011

  • 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames is held in Wellington The games ran for a week and included sports and cultural events plus a human rights conference
  • Queen of the Whole Universe (a slightly queer beauty pageant) takes place at the Opera House (Wellington). Link: Scoop

16 March 2011

  • 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames Human Rights Conference is held in Wellington

15 May 2011

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

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

3 October 2011

  • A couple's car is targetted in an ongoing series of hate crimes at Mangawhai Heads

8 October 2011

  • Carmen Rupe celebrates her 75th birthday at The Taxi Club (Sydney, Australia)

19 October 2011

  • Willie Ahsee is found guilty of the manslaughter of Denis Phillips

20 October 2011

  • Around 200 people march on parliament campaigning for gay marriage and adoption. (Wellington). The march was part of the LegaliseLove campaign. Link: GayNZ

29 October 2011

  • Frank Lund (a.k.a. Toni Roget) dies (Wellington). Frankie was a female impersonator who created elaborate outfits (a number of them now are held by Te Papa)

19 November 2011

  • Piri Norris and Justin Elder have the first civil union at Parliament

10 December 2011

  • Phillip Cottrell is assaulted while working home and subsequently dies, Wellington

15 December 2011

  • Carmen Rupe dies (Sydney, Australia). Link: GayNZ.com
  • Willie Ahsee is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of Denis Phillips

21 January 2012

  • Out in the Square is held in Civic Square, Wellington It is the 27th annual gay and lesbian fair to be held in Wellington

23 January 2012

  • Roman Skorek is stabbed to death in Kuirau Park, Rotorua Four young men were charged with his murder

12 February 2012

  • Andreas Derleth wins Mr Gay New Zealand 2012 (Auckland). Link: GayNZ
  • Big Gay Out is held at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier, Auckland It is estimated 14,000 people attended

14 February 2012

  • A lesbian couple saboutage the "win a divource" promotion on the The Rock radio station (New Zealand). Link: Gay NZ

15 February 2012

  • Green MP Jan Logie makes her maiden speech in Parliament Logie describes herself as a "leftie, feminist lesbian"

16 February 2012

  • Sam Johnson wins Young New Zealander of the Year Johnson was the founder of the Student Volunteer Army that assisted during the Christchurch earthquake recovery

28 February 2012

  • Nicholas Nitro is convicted on a charge of receiving commercial sexual services from a person aged sixteen Nitro is the co-owner of the Closet cruise club in Christchurch
  • Sitaleki Koloamatangi is sentenced to 12 months in jail for attacking Trevor Kaukau Koloamatangi was charging with "injuring that, had death been caused, he would have been guilty of manslaughter". Kaukau was left severely brain damaged

3 March 2012

  • Sea of Love float honouring Carmen Rupe is part of the Sydney Mardi Gras, Australia

4 March 2012

12 April 2012

  • Flags are flown at half-mast in memory of Corporal Douglas Hughes Flags are flown at half-mast on the final day of his tangi. Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier. Link: MCH

19 April 2012

  • Johnny Croskery dies (Wellington). Croskery was a female impersonator, volunteer and activist. Link: Tapatoru

14 May 2012

20 May 2012

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

1 July 2012

  • The Topp Twins first ever museum exhibition opens at the Waikato Coalfields Museum in Huntly (New Zealand). The exhibition, called Six Strings and Politics, opened with a concert featuring the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and the Cultural Performance Group from Huntly College

7 July 2012

  • Hui Putahi is held at Tapu te Ranga Marae (Wellington). The hui runs from 7-10 July. Link: PrideNZ.com

29 August 2012

  • The first reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

14 October 2012

  • Media report that MP Kevin Hague has drafted a bill to enable gay adoption (New Zealand). Link: Stuff

30 November 2012

  • Former MP Katherine O'Regan apologies for not including transgender people in the anti-discrimination measures of the Human Rights Act 1993 (Wellington). Link: PrideNZ.com

28 February 2013

  • Coroner Gordon Matenga rules Corporal Douglas Hughes committed suicide (New Zealand). Link: Stuff

8 March 2013

  • Former Labour MP Geoff Braybrooke dies (Palmerston North). Braybrooke had campaigned tirelessly against homosexual law reform in the mid-1980s. Link: Stuff.co.nz

13 March 2013

  • The second reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

27 March 2013

  • The 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. Link: PrideNZ.com

29 March 2013

  • Former MP Warren Freer dies (New Zealand)

17 April 2013

  • The third reading of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill passes its third and final reading: 77 ayes / 44 noes. Link: PrideNZ.com

21 June 2013

11 August 2013

  • Police search for Phillip Edwards after a child is abducted. (Auckland). In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee. Link: Gay NZ

19 August 2013

  • The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 is enacted (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

22 August 2013

  • Actor Wentworth Miller comes out in an open letter protesting Russia's anti-gay laws. (United States of America). Miller is best know for his role in the tv series Prison Break. Link: Stuff

31 August 2013

  • A quiz night raises $1,500 for the new Body Positive office in Wellington. (Wellington). Link: Gay NZ
  • An event to honour Peter Taylor is held at St Matthew-in-the-City. (Auckland). Taylor, who has been unwell for a number of years, tells media that he will stop medical treatments after the event. Link: Gay NZ

3 September 2013

  • Coroner 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. Link: Stuff
  • Phillip Edwards is arrested after a child was abducted in August and later found abandoned. (Auckland). In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee. Link: Gay NZ

10 September 2013

  • A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington). The tour is organised by the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. Link: Gay Express
  • David 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". Link: Gay NZ

16 September 2013

  • Peter Taylor, a well known Auckland personality dies. (Auckland). Taylor died shortly after stopping treatments for long-term HIV and leishmaniasis infections. Links: GayNZ.com (1), GayNZ.com (2)

25 September 2013

  • Correction 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. Link: Stuff

27 September 2013

  • A national conference on HIV is held. (Auckland). The conference heard about the growing evidence of links between HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhoea and the HPV virus. Link: Gay NZ
  • Paul Findlay resigns as a board-member of youth group Q-topia. (Christchurch). 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 September 2013

30 September 2013

  • A public meeting is held to discuss safety on Karangahape Road. (Auckland). The meeting follows an increase in violence towards rainbow people in the Karangahape Road area. Link: K Road Community Safety

1 October 2013

  • Nathan Verhelst, a Belgium transsexual, dies through euthanasia Verhelst told media "None of these [gender reassignment] operations worked as desired ... I do not want to be a monster.". Link: Stuff
  • Solicitor General Mike Heron declines a request for a second Coronial Inquiry into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes. (New Zealand). Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier. Link: Gay NZ

11 October 2013

  • The Beyond conference takes place (Wellington). The conference is organised by the Queer Avengers (Wellington) and aims to address the lived experiences of queer/trans people in relation to identity, race, disability, the media, healthcare, parenting, education and imprisonment (among others). Link: PrideNZ.com

17 October 2013

  • Geno Sisneros' complaint against the Anglican Church is dismissed by the Human Rights Tribunal. (Auckland). Sisneros complained that the Bishop of Auckland had prevented him from becoming a priest because of his sexuality. Link: Gay NZ

19 October 2013

  • The Government announces it will send a diplomat to watch over New Zealanders attending the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (New Zealand). Various Members of Parliament had requested the government help protect rainbow people at the games from discrimination and harassment. Link: Gay NZ

26 October 2013

  • Dramatist and performer Paul Jenden dies (Wellington). Jenden was a lyricist, writer and choreographer of numerous New Zealand productions. Links: GayNZ.com, Stuff

10 November 2013

  • The first Gay wedding expo takes place in New Zealand (Auckland). The expo at the Ellerslie Event Centre showcases over 150 wedding professionals. Link: Gay Wedding show

27 December 2013

  • Entrepreneur Tony Katavich dies (Auckland). Katavich created the Out! business empire with Brett Sheppard. Link: GayNZ.com

7 February 2014

  • Auckland Pride is held. (Auckland). Link: Gay NZ

19 February 2014

  • The second reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

6 April 2014

  • Dr Charles Farthing dies (China). Farthing was a pioneering doctor specialising in the early recognition and treatment of HIV/AIDS. He died while traveling in Hong Kong. Links: New Zealand Medical Journal, Wikipedia

9 April 2014

  • The third reading of the Sullivan Birth Certificate Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill passed its third reading unanimously. Link: PrideNZ.com

18 May 2014

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - Celebrating Age Centre), Wellington (2:30pm - Te Papa), Christchurch (6pm - NZAF Te Toka) and Invercargill (2:30pm - Knox Church). Link: Body Positive

12 June 2014

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

28 September 2014

  • Activist Porleen Simmonds dies (New Zealand). Link: LILAC

6 November 2014

  • Hui Takataapui takes place (Waikato region). The hui is held at Te Papa-o-Rotu Marae, Whatawhata. Link: PrideNZ.com

7 May 2015

  • Composer Jack Body receives the Icon Award - the Arts Foundation of New Zealand's highest honour (Wellington). The ceremony takes place at Mary Potter Hospice. Body dies three days later after a long battle with cancer. Links: SOUNZ, Wikipedia

10 May 2015

  • Composer Jack Body dies (Wellington). Link: Wikipedia

17 May 2015

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - University of Waikato Chapel), Wellington (12pm - Te Papa), Christchurch (6pm - Richmond Neighbourhood Cottage) and Invercargill (2pm - Knox Church). Link: Body Positive

3 October 2015

22 January 2016

  • Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington). Link: Indy Media

17 February 2016

  • Ferdinand Ambach is released from prison and immediately deported to Hungary (Auckland region). Ambach, a tourist to New Zealand, was found guilty in 2009 of the manslaughter of Auckland pensioner Ronald Brown. Originally charged with murder, Ambach successfully used the provocation (gay panic) defence, claiming Brown had made an unwanted homosexual advance. Link: Stuff

11 March 2016

  • The first ever intersex workshop is held in New Zealand (Wellington). Link: PrideNZ.com

22 April 2016

  • Shift hui takes place (Wellington). The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT and is for young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay. Link: PrideNZ.com

15 May 2016

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). Services are held in Auckland (6pm - St Matthews in the City), Hamilton (7pm - Lady Goodfellow Chapel) and Wellington (4pm - Tararua Tramping Club). Link: Body Positive

6 July 2016

  • The rainbow flag is flown for the first time at Parliament (Wellington). The rainbow flag is flown for the first time on the forecourt of Parliament to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform

14 February 2017

  • The children's fairy tale book Promised Land is published (New Zealand). The book is co-authored by Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris. Link: PrideNZ.com

15 May 2017

  • Vicki Letele dies (Auckland). Letele, who was serving a prison term for fraud, was denied parole in October 2016, but was released on compassionate grounds in November 2016 to spend her final months with loved ones. Link: GayNZ

17 May 2017

  • Chelsea Manning is released from US military prison (United States of America). Manning, a former US military intelligence analyst, was released after serving seven years in a US military prison for passing on classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama just before he left office
  • The rainbow flag is flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington). The rainbow flag is flown for the second time at Parliament to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia (the first time the flag flew was on 6 July 2016 to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform)

20 May 2017

  • The Topp Twins exhibtion shows at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North). The exhibition, curated by Sian Torrington, runs from 20 May - 29 October 2017

21 May 2017

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City (Auckland). This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service is held at Tararua Tramping Club (Wellington). This is one of only two memorial services held in New Zealand. Link: PrideNZ

23 May 2017

  • Butch: a photographic exploration by Rachel Hoskin exhibits at Te Manawa Musuem (Palmerston North). The exhibition runs from 23 May - 18 June 2017

29 May 2017

  • Data released today shows that 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2016 in New Zealand (New Zealand). The data from the AIDS Epidemiology Group showed that in 2016, 217 men and 27 women were diagnosed HIV+, the highest numbers ever recorded in New Zealand. Link: RNZ

31 May 2017

  • GayNZ.com ends (New Zealand). Based in Auckland, GayNZ.com was a daily news and features website. It also had forums, an event calendar, scene photographs, business listings and personal ads. Many of the articles have been archived online by multiple sites. A new website with the same name was launched in 2019. Link: PrideNZ.com

2 June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

4 July 2017

  • Sportsperson Cory McLennan reveals to the NZ Herald that he almost gave up on the sport due to fears about coming out as gay (New Zealand). Aged 19, McLeannan was the youngest person to sail solo from Port Taranaki, New Zealand to Mooloolaba, Australia. He came out in 2015. In 2017 he launched the Rainbow Racing project to promote a message of acceptance and inclusiveness. Link: NZ Herald

5 July 2017

  • Creative New Zealand announces writer Paul Diamond is the latest recipient of the Berlin Writers Residency (New Zealand). Diamond will spend up to 11 months in Berlin researching and writing a book about former Whanganui mayor, Charles Mackay, who was killed in Berlin in 1929 while working as a journalist. Link: Creative New Zealand

6 July 2017

  • Parliament apologies for the hurt and stigma caused by the historic criminalisation of consensual homosexual activity (New Zealand). During the first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill, Justice Minister Amy Adams read the following apology "Today we are putting on the record that this house deeply regrets the hurt and stigma suffered by the many hundreds of New Zealand men who were turned into criminals by a law that was profoundly wrong, and for that, we are sorry.". Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz
  • The first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill unanimously passes its first reading. Links: PrideNZ.com, Parliament.nz

9 July 2017

  • In a radio interview National MP Chester Borrows says he has changed his mind on same-sex marriage (New Zealand). The departing Member of Parliament talks about how, after voting against Marriage Equality, now supports it. As celebrant he has married a gay couple. Link: RNZ

12 July 2017

  • Alison Mau is announced as a finalist in the Women of Influence awards (New Zealand). Established in 2012, the awards are run by Fairfax Media. Link: Stuff

18 July 2017

  • Johnny Lumsden admits in court to endangering the health of three men by criminal nuisance (Christchurch). After lying about his HIV status, Lumsden has unprotected sex with three men he met through social media. Link: Stuff

23 July 2017

  • Auckland Pastor Logan Robertson calls for gay people to be shot (Auckland). During a sermon at the Westcity Bible Bapist Church, Past Robertson states he isn't against homosexuals getting married "as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Excerpts of the video sermon are then uploaded to Youtube. Links: NZ Herald, PrideNZ

18 August 2017

  • Dr David Lim is sentenced to five years in prison for indecently assaulting five male patients (New Zealand). Dr Lim was sentenced in the Napier District Court
  • Police say Pastor Logan Robertson committed no criminal offence with his hate speech (Auckland). In a sermon on 23 July, Robertson from the WestCity Bible Baptist Church in Avondale said "I'm not against [homosexuals] getting married as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Police issued a statement to Newshub stating "no criminal offence has been committed". Link: Newshub
  • The National Day of Silence is held (New Zealand). The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools. Link: Day of Silence

23 September 2017

  • The 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). Link: Gay Express

25 September 2017

  • A 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. Link: Stuff

12 October 2017

  • The immigration and protection tribunal grants residency to a trans woman on exceptional humanitarian grounds (Auckland). The tribunal decides she is safer to remain in New Zealand rather than having to return to the United Kingdom where she has suffered years of persecution. Link: Guardian

28 October 2017

  • Aunty Danas Op Shop opens (Wellington). The shop is located in the community centre at 128 Abel Smith Street. The shop raises funds for the national takataapui, transgender, and intersex organisation Gender Minorities Aotearoa. Link: Aunty Danas

20 November 2017

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated around New Zealand (New Zealand)

20 January 2018

  • So'oalo To'oto'oali'i Roger Stanley dies (Samoa). Stanley was the founder and President of the Samoa Fa'afafine Association. Links: Express, Samoa Observer

2 February 2018

  • The Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland). The festival runs until the 18 February. Link: Auckland Pride Festival

11 February 2018

  • Zena Campbell dies (Wellington). Campbell is found in a car in Aro Valley. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start (12 February 2019). A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two.". Link: Stuff

12 February 2018

  • Dana de Milo dies (Wellington). Link: Facebook

17 February 2018

  • The Prime Minister marches for the first time in the Auckland Pride Parade (Auckland). Featuring more than 50 entries the parade will "march for peace, love and unity at a time of escalating global unrest, when human rights are increasingly under attack all over the world." The parade begins at 7.30pm at the north end of Ponsonby Road, near the Tole Street intersection, before progressing south along Ponsonby Road, and ending just past Western Park. Although former Prime Minister's Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley had attended previous parades, Jacinda Ardern was the first to march in one. Link: Auckland Pride Festival

24 February 2018

  • The Wellington Pride Festival Tu Whakahihi e Te Whanganui-a-Tara takes place (Wellington). The festival begins with Out in the Park and runs until 10 March. Links: Wellington Pride Festival, PrideNZ.com

9 March 2018

  • Wellington Mayor Justin Lester announces a Rainbow Crossing on Cuba/Dixon Streets as part of a new rainbow precinct (Wellington). The pedestrian crossing is due to be unveiled in the middle of 2018. Links: PrideNZ.com, Stuff

10 March 2018

  • The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington). The parade begins at 7pm in Tennyson Street, moves into Cambridge Terrace, then through Courtenay Place until turning at Taranaki Street towards the waterfront. Link: PrideNZ.com

20 March 2018

  • A vigil is held for Zena Campbell who died on 11 February 2018 (Wellington). The vigil was organised by Bella Simpson and held in Civic Square. Link: PrideNZ.com
  • The outside of the Michael Fowler Centre is lit in blue, pink and white lights in memory of Zena Campbell (Wellington). Wellington Mayor Justin Lester wrote on his Facebook page "We're standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the pride and trans community.". Link: PrideNZ

26 March 2018

  • The Topp Twins: an exhibition for New Zealand is launched at the National Library (Wellington). The exhibition runs from the 27 March 2018 - 22 September 2018. Link: PrideNZ.com

27 March 2018

  • The 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 March 2018

  • The 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

31 March 2018

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility is held (New Zealand). Link: Wikipedia

3 April 2018

  • The third reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill takes place in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill unanimously passes its third reading. Link: Parliament.nz

8 April 2018

  • The Dunedin Pride 2018 Hui Taurima Kahukura, Otepoti takes place (Dunedin). The festival is organised by *Q-Squared Trust, a new charitable organisation with a vision to "create an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQIA communities in Dunedin and surrounding areas."

9 April 2018

  • Award-winning hairdresser Derek Elvy dies (Wellington). Link: Stuff

10 April 2018

  • Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle says Israel Folau should have "put a positive spin on that same message" (Australia). Folua had earlier stated that homosexuals would go to "HELL" unless they "repent their sins". Link: ABC
  • The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Act 2018 is enacted (New Zealand). Links: Parliament.nz, Ministry of Justice

20 April 2018

  • Shift hui takes place (Wellington region). The annual hui is organised by InsideOUT for "young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics". It takes place at Horouta Marae in Porirua. Link: InsideOUT

2 May 2018

  • Former MP Katherine O'Regan dies (Waikato region). As Associate Minister of Health, O'Regan championed amendments to the Human Rights Act 1993 - outlawing discrimination on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, and having organisms in the body which might cause disease. Link: Stuff

17 May 2018

  • The Human Rights Commission joins with the Rainbow NZ Parliamentary Network to commit to twice-yearly community hui (New Zealand). Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said "these hui will alternate between Auckland and Wellington every six months, providing a space for the community's voices to be heard by Rainbow leaders in Parliament.". Link: Human Rights Commission
  • The transgender, bisexual, intersex and rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (Wellington). The flags are flown to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). This is also the first time in the world where the intersex flag has been flown in front of the seat of government. Links: PrideNZ.com, Human Rights Commission, Stuff.co.nz

18 May 2018

20 May 2018

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). In Wellington a service is held at the Tararua Tramping Club and in Auckland a service is held at St Matthew in the City. Link: PrideNZ.com

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

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

6 July 2018

  • Australian police charge Pastor Logan Robertson after allegedly harassing worshippers at two Brisbane mosques (Australia). Robertson faces deportation back to New Zealand. In July 2017 the Pastor called for gay people to be shot through the head. Link: RNZ

23 July 2018

  • UniQ Victoria pride week takes place (Wellington)

8 September 2018

  • Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at Q Theatre (Auckland). Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand. Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc

9 September 2018

  • Activist Chelsea Manning holds a speaking engagement at the Embassy Theatre (Wellington). Manning is interviewed by Georgina Beyer. Manning toured both Australia and New Zealand. Links: Stuff.co.nz, Think Inc

10 October 2018

  • Wellington's rainbow crossing is launched (Wellington). The crossing on lower Cuba Street is New Zealand's second rainbow crossing (the first being in Queenstown). Link: Stuff.co.nz

16 October 2018

  • Media report that the government has lifted the cap on gender affirming surgeries (New Zealand). Up until this point, the State had only funded 3 male-to-female surgeries and 1 female-to-male every two years. From June 2018 the old cap became the new minimum number of surgeries every two years. Links: Newsroom, Guardian

22 October 2018

  • Kevin Baker, a.k.a. Buffy of Buffy and Bimbo fame, dies (Napier). Link: Dunstalls

2 November 2018

  • Activist Amanda Ashley dies (New Zealand). Ashley established the Rodney Area Rainbow LGBTQ+ group, campaigned nationally for an end to gay conversion therapy and started a petition which called for KiwiSaver funds to be made available for surgeries that were not publicly funded, such as gender confirmation surgeries. Links: Stuff.co.nz, Facebook

8 November 2018

  • The first Government and Partners Rainbow Conference is held (Auckland). 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 November 2018

  • The 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). 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.". Link: Auckland Pride

14 November 2018

  • Choreographer and dancer Douglas Wright dies (Auckland). Link: Stuff.co.nz

19 December 2018

  • The Auckland Pride Board announces that it is working towards a grassroots-led Pride Parade (Auckland). The Board said that "with a more community-based funding model, we have the challenge and opportunity to be creative on what the actual proceeding will look like.". Link: Auckland Pride

1 February 2019

  • Auckland Pride Festival takes place (Auckland). The festival runs from 1-17 February. Link: Auckland Pride

9 February 2019

  • The first #ourmarch attracts an estimated 3,000 people (Auckland). The #ourmarch grassroots event replaced the Auckland Pride Parade which had been held annually since 2013. The march followed the "graduation route", from Albert Park, up Queen Street to Myers Park. Link: Gay Express

10 February 2019

  • The 20th Big Gay Out takes place at Coyle Park (Auckland). MP Tamati Coffey announced at the event that he and his partner Tim Smith are expecting their first baby in July. Links: Stuff.co.nz (1), Stuff.co.nz (2)

12 February 2019

  • A judge dismisses the murder charge against the partner of Zena Campbell (Wellington). Campbell's body was found in a car in Aro Valley on 11 February 2018. Her partner was subsequently accused of murder, but the judge dismissed the charge on the day the High Court trial was due to start. A pathologist said the death was "likely due to methadone and alcohol toxicity, or neck compression or some combination of the two.". Link: Stuff.co.nz

18 February 2019

25 February 2019

  • Minister for Internal Affairs Tracey Martin defers the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Bill (New Zealand). The Minister wanted to give people more opportunities to submit on the proposed changes as well as seek clarification on legal issues relating to gender self-identification. Link: NZ Herald

8 March 2019

  • Wellington Pride Festival takes place (Wellington). The festival runs from the 8 March - 24 March. To date, it is the largest Pride festival the city has seen with 128 events. Links: PrideNZ.com, Wellington Pride Festival

9 March 2019

  • The first Whanganui Pride March is held (Whanganui). The march went from by the market, along the river bank, over Dublin St Bridge, through Kowhai Park, over the City Bridge to the market. Link: Facebook

15 March 2019

  • The Christchurch mosque massacres take place (Christchurch). 51 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers. Subsequently, numerous public events throughout the country are either cancelled or postponed - include a number of high profile Pride events in Wellington. Link: Wikipedia

16 March 2019

  • Out in the Park and the Pride Hikoi are cancelled following the Christchurch mosque massacres (Wellington). The Wellington International Pride Parade is also postponed indefinitely. Link: NZ Herald

17 March 2019

  • A Pride church service takes place at St Andrews on the Terrace (Wellington). Rev Dr Susan Jones reflects on Pride and the Christchurch massacre. The service happens less than 48-hours after the massacre of 51 people at two Christchurch mosques. Link: PrideNZ.com

18 March 2019

  • The Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Rainbow flags are flown at Parliament (New Zealand). The flags are flown to mark the beginning of the ILGA World Conference 2019. They are flown at half-mast, along with New Zealand's national flag, in memory of those killed in the Christchurch mosque massacres. Links: Wikimedia (1), Wikimedia (2), MCH
  • The ILGA World Conference takes place (Wellington). The conference marks the 40th anniversary of ILGA, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. This is the first time the World Conference is held in Oceania. Link: IGLA conference
  • The Lesbian Community Radio Programme changes its name to the acronym QUILTED BANANAS (Wellington). The acronym stands for "Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby (non-binary), Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, the name QUILTED BANANAS is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have, and how finding your identity within them can be as messy - but also as fun - as trying to quilt with bananas.". Link: Facebook

31 March 2019

  • Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters expresses concern at Brunei's intention to fully implement Sharia law (New Zealand). In a press release he said "New Zealand opposes any kind of discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation. We are also deeply concerned at the use of punishments that are cruel, inhuman or degrading." The laws would allow for the stoning and whipping to death of any citizens that were proved to be gay. Link: Beehive.co.nz

7 April 2019

  • Historian Gavin McLean dies (Wellington)

11 May 2019

  • The Wellington International Pride Parade takes place (Wellington). The parade was originally meant to take place on 16 March 2019, but after the Christchurch terror attacks on the 15th March, it was moved to 11 May. Links: PrideNZ, WIPP

17 May 2019

  • The annual anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) are marked throughout the country (New Zealand)
  • The NZ AIDS Foundation rails against Israel Folau with the #unfolau social media campaign (New Zealand). The campaign coincides with the annual Pink Shirt Day and IDAHOBIT. The NZAF says on social media "Homophobic comments have real, harmful effects on us. If you support the rainbow community, share this and #UnFolau anyone who thinks homophobia is free speech. Anyone who wants to share their beliefs otherwise, there is a certain bigot we can think of that might care to listen. Your comments will be deleted as we will #UnFolau you." The campaign met with mixed reaction, with some users describing it as bullying itself. Link: Facebook

19 May 2019

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services take place (New Zealand). Services are held at St Matthews in the City (Auckland), Lady Goodfellow Chapel (Hamilton) and at the Tararua Tramping Clubrooms (Wellington). The theme for this year is: reduce stigma, ensure access, increase resources, promote involvement. Link: Facebook

30 May 2019

  • Minister of Finance Grant Robert delivers the Budget which includes $3 million dollars for gender affirmation surgeries (New Zealand). The Government commits $750,000 every year for the next four years for the surgeries. Link: Facebook

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
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