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Timeline: 2020s

28 February 2020

  • The first case of COVID-19 is confirmed in New Zealand (New Zealand). Link: RNZ

20 March 2020

  • Sex-on-site venue Checkmate closes due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Wellington). The venue re-opens on 22 June 2020

9 April 2020

  • Former Vice Squad Detective Trevor Morley dies (Wellington). Link:

12 May 2020

  • Restaurateur Leo Molloy's interview on Newstalk ZB sparks a complaint to the Human Rights Commission (New Zealand). Reacting to Molloy's comments, complainant Benjamin Blackwell gave his opinion to Stuff "I get as a bar owner this is probably a stressful time for him, but to use your business and personal platform to channel that anger and frustration by singling out the gay community – when there is no proof of a correlation between the spread of Covid-19 and the LGBT community - is homophobic. Pure and simple.". Link: Stuff

17 May 2020

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held online (New Zealand). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical gatherings are cancelled and memorial services and messages are placed online. Link: Body Positive
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is marked (New Zealand)

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:, Honours list

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

26 July 2020

  • The web series Rūrangi has its world premiere (Auckland). The premiere takes place at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Link: Rūrangi

21 August 2020

  • The annual National Day of Silence takes place around the country (New Zealand). The event is a day of action in which students 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

24 August 2020

  • The first ever National Schools Pride Week takes place (New Zealand). The theme is "Celebrating Pride in every school." The week is co-ordinated by InsideOut. Link: School Pride

14 December 2020

  • The NZ Blood Service relaxes restrictions on blood donation (New Zealand). The period for deferral for gay men is reduced from 12-months to 3-months. The same change also applies to sex workers who want to donate blood. Link: NZ Blood Service

1 January 2021

  • Vicki-Anne Heikell is awarded a Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand). Heikell is awarded the honour for services to heritage preservation and Maori. Link: New Year Honours
  • Victor Rodger is awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand). Rodger is awarded the honour for services to theatre and Pacific arts. Link: New Year Honours

3 February 2021

  • Auckland Pride takes place (Auckland). The festival runs from 3-28 February. Link: Auckland Pride

7 February 2021

  • Paparoa Pride Parade takes place (Northland region). The parade starts at 5pm from the Thirsty Tui Hotel. Link: Facebook

27 February 2021

  • Whanganui Pride takes place (Whanganui). The festival runs from 27 February - 6 March 2021. Link: Pride Whanganui

19 April 2021

  • New Zealand's border opens for the first time in over a year (New Zealand). For the first time in over a year, New Zealand's border was opened in a two-way quarantine travel bubble with Australia