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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
  • NZ Post issue the Pride 2021 stamp (New Zealand). The stamp is issued to commemorate the 35th anniversary of homosexual law reform in New Zealand. The stamps remain on sale until 2 February 2022. Links: NZ Post (1), NZ Post (2)

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

17 May 2021

  • Rainbow community flags are flown at Parliament to mark IDAHOBIT (Wellington). This year, for the first time ever, five flags are flown: the Transgender, Rainbow, Progress Pride, Bisexual and Intersex flags. They're flown to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia and Intersexphobia. This is the first time the Progress Pride flag is flown. Unlike Gilbert Baker's Rainbow flag, the Progress Pride flag is copyrighted by its creator Daniel Quasar

20 June 2021

  • Abuse in Care inquiry hears children at Lake Alice were subjected to ECT treatment (Rangitikei region). TVNZ One News reports that children at the Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital in the 1970s were subjected to electroconvulsive therapy if they displayed signs of homosexuality

15 July 2021

  • RainbowYOUTH board member Shaneel Lal's social media post causes controversy (Auckland region). Lal's statement draws strong responses, including the launch of a petition to remove them from RainbowYOUTH. The organisation responded publicly "Shaneel Lal has been pivotal to our growth as an organisation. Over the last two board terms, they have been invaluable in building connections that help us better serve communities we were unable to connect with in the past and guiding us closer to our aspiration of supporting all rainbow young people. We have been fortunate to have people like Shaneel provide their insight, passion and commitment to RainbowYOUTH.". Link: Express