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6 May 1933

  • Members of the German Student Union attack the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Berlin, Germany). The attack follows a two-month Nazi purge of gay clubs and the banning of gay groups and publications. Link: Wikipedia

10 May 1933

  • Mobs of Nazi supporters burn books, including those taken from the Institut fur Sexualwissenschaft (Institute of Sexology) (Germany). The burning of books happens throughout Germany. Most notable is the book burning by students in Berlin's Opernplatz of over 25,000 volumes. Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

9 October 1937

  • Prime Minister M.J. Savage unveils a statue dedicated to "Harry" Henry Holland (Wellington). The nude male figure in Bolton Street Cemetery has been described in a variety of ways, from representing "emancipated youth looking upwards to higher things" to "an extremely buff, naked dude gazing out over his beloved Wellington." A local rainbow walking tour in the 1990s described the work as "the most homoerotic piece of outdoor art in Wellington, and second in Aotearoa only to the Eros outside Auckland Hospital.". Link: Bolton Street Cemetery

July 1967

  • Lord Cobham declines an invitation to be patron of the Wolfenden Association (New Zealand). Lord Cobham replied that "these people are mentally sick."

28 June 1969

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

19 September 1971

  • Ngahuia Te Awekotuku leads women's liberation in a Suffrage Day of Mourning (New Zealand)

April 1972

  • The first National Women's Liberation Conference is held (Wellington)

June 1972

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

5 June 1972

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

29 August 1972

  • The first National Gay Liberation Conference is held (Auckland). The conferences are held every year until 1989 (except 1983). Link: TVNZ

1973

  • The first United Women's Convention has a workshop for "homosexual" women (New Zealand)

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

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

March 1974

  • The first National Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland)

February 1975

  • Members of SHE Christchurch help organise the first Women's Refuge conference (Christchurch)
  • The second National Lesbian Conference is held (New Zealand)

June 1975

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

24 July 1976

  • Nine members of Gay Liberation Wellington picket the National Party conference (Rotorua). MP Venn Young tells one of the protesters, Alan Seymour, "You people are doing more harm than good to your cause. Why don't you just go away?" Seymour would later write an impassioned letter in Saliant magazine about the exchange: "No Mr Young we will not just go away, back into our closets to lead an oppressed existence. We refuse to put up with the humiliation of the pallid tokens of liberal tolerance any longer...". Link: Saliant

8 August 1976

  • Gay Pride Week takes place, 8-14 August (Wellington). Activities attract nearly 300 people and receive media publicity. Link: Saliant

17 September 1976

  • Gay Liberation Wellington take part in an abortion march to mark Suffrage Day (Wellington). The group marches under the banner "Free Our Sisters - Free Ourselves". Link: Saliant

23 October 1976

  • The fifth National Gay Liberation Conference is held over Labour weekend (Wellington). The conference is promoted with the text: repeal all anti-homosexual laws; ban discrimination against gays! The conference takes place in the Student Union Building at Victoria University. Link: Salient

1977

  • Gay Pride Week activities are organised (Whanganui)
  • Lesbians demand and get the removal of male reporters from the United Women's Convention (Christchurch)

January 1977

  • A lesbian summer camp is held (Canterbury region). The camp is held at Glentui in North Canterbury
  • The first New Year's camp at Vinegar Hill takes place (Rangitikei region). Link: Vinegar Hill

1 July 1977

  • Gay Pride Week activities are organised throughout the country (New Zealand)

October 1977

  • A National Gay Rights Coalition conference is held (New Zealand)

25 March 1978

  • The National Coalition for Gay Rights conference is held at Victoria University over the Easter weekend (Wellington). Workshops include gay welfare, coming out, older gays, gays outside the main centres, politics of being gay, gays and other minorities, sexism and sex stereotyping. The conference ended on Easter Sunday with a spontaneous march on Parliament. A marcher was quoted in Saliant magazine as saying "if you are discriminated against, you can't ever take a holiday from that discrimination.". Links: Salient (1), Salient (2), TVNZ

1979

  • The first Reclaim The Night march is held (Wellington)

December 1979

  • Puss-in-Boots bar is picketed for excluding lesbians and gays (New Zealand)

1980

  • Lesbian Liberation Week is held (Wellington)

8 February 1980

  • 600 people march to protest the raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland). Link: GayNZ.net.nz

22 February 1980

  • Another protest march takes place against the police raids on the Westside Sauna and OUT! Magazine (Auckland)

March 1980

  • The Lesbian Liberation Army attacks the offices of the Sunday News after it runs an anti-lesbian story (New Zealand)

7 March 1980

  • Lesbians march to mark International Lesbian Day (8 March) (New Zealand)

5 April 1980

  • The 8th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Dunedin)

25 April 1980

  • A group of lesbians attempt to augment an ANZAC Day service by carrying a coffin and laying a wreath in memory of women raped and killed in wartime (Wellington)

May 1980

  • A group of gay men organise a National Offenders Day march to protest anti-gay laws in a carnival atmosphere (New Zealand). Lesbians dykecott the march saying it fails to challenge the status quo

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)

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

7 July 1980

  • Lesbians and gays again picket the Russian embassy in protest at oppression in the USSR (Wellington)

21 July 1980

  • Enzo Francone attempts to chain himself to the railings in front of the Kremlin in Red Square (Moscow, Russia). Francone is protesting Article 121 of the Russian penal code, and for the release of two imprisoned gay men. He is beaten by police. Link: ILGA

September 1980

  • A group of lesbians join protests against the US nuclear-powered warship Truxtun (Wellington). The group holds a banner reading "Lesbian Activity Today Stops Radioactivity Tomorrow."
  • A workshop on lesbianism is held during the first national hui for Black women (New Zealand)
  • Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch)

4 October 1980

  • The first Lesbian Librarians' Week is held (New Zealand). Events take place in Wellington and Christchurch

6 October 1980

  • Television news report: the first Lesbian Liberation week begins (New Zealand). The week features events and a march through the city on 10 October 1980, ref: TZP4990. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 October 1980

  • 200 women take part in a lesbian march (Wellington). It is followed by a Lesbian Liberation Dance attended by 300 people

November 1980

  • Overnight Wellington City Council buses are covered in stickers promoting the Wellington Lesbian Centre (Wellington)

December 1980

  • Lesbians paste up anti-Christmas posters (Wellington). Posters appear in Wellington and Hastings

1981

  • The 9th National Gay Rights Conference is held (Wellington)
  • The Gay Welfare Conference is held (Christchurch)

January 1981

  • Gays and lesbians picket the office of the Human Rights Commission (Wellington)

February 1981

  • Lesbians picket the Human Rights Commission office (Auckland)

6 February 1981

  • Lesbians carry a "Lesbians Oppose Racism" banner to protest Waitangi commemorations (Wellington)

March 1981

  • Lesbians dykecott the census in protest at the Human Rights Commission's denial of human rights (New Zealand)

April 1981

  • National Lesbian Mothers' weekend is held (Auckland)

25 April 1981

  • "Lesbian Liberation" is painted on a war memorial (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)

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

10 July 1981

  • Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler is picketed (San Francisco, United States of America). A Chamber of Commerce dinner honouring Michael Fowler is picketed. Fowler had earlier stopped lesbian support notices being placed in Wellington City Council buses. Links: Bay Area Reporter (1), Bay Area Reporter (2)

27 June 1982

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

2 May 1983

  • The first international AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (San Francisco, United States of America). Memorials are held in San Francisco and New York. There was no memorial held in 1984

16 March 1984

  • Television: Queen Street in Auckland is closed off for Mardi Gras as part of Fiesta '84 (Auckland). ref: TZP105792. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

12 January 1985

  • A lesbian camp is held (Christchurch)

31 March 1985

  • Homosexual law reform campaigners picket Salvation Army citadels throughout the country (New Zealand). The Salvation Army is a vocal opponent of homosexual law reform

12 April 1985

13 April 1985

  • Large numbers of homosexual law reform campaigners disrupt an anti-reform rally (New Zealand)

14 April 1985

  • A public debate is held on the Homosexual Law Reform Bill at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington)

May 1985

  • A street march takes place to support homosexual law reform (Wellington)

6 May 1985

  • A lesbian and gay commemoration of the Holocaust is held on the steps of the National War Memorial (Wellington). Link: LAGANZ

19 May 1985

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). The memorial services are held annually on the third Sunday in May

21 May 1985

  • A rally in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill is held (Wellington). The rally is held in Wellington Town Hall, starting at 8pm. The rally is billed as "entertainment, speakers, and lots of fun". Link: Te Papa
  • The pro-homosexual law reform Bigot Busters rally is held at the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington). Links: PrideNZ.com, LAGANZ

24 May 1985

  • A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington). People are asked to assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm. Link: Te Papa
  • A rally in support of homosexual law reform is held in the Auckland Town Hall (Auckland). The event is emceed by a Topp Twin and features music, dance and speeches

7 June 1985

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

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

30 August 1985

  • The national gay and lesbian Bigot Busters Conference is held (Wellington). Approximately 150 people attend the conference at Victoria University. Link: LAGANZ

11 September 1985

  • A picket in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington). The picket takes place at the Queen Victoria statue on Cambridge Terrace

13 September 1985

  • A march in support of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill takes place (Wellington). People assemble in Bunny Street at 6.30pm. They then walk along Lambton Quay. Some scuffles break out between marchers and anti-reform protesters. Link: Te Papa

24 September 1985

  • The Coalition of Concerned Citizens present an anti-homosexual law reform petition to Parliament (Wellington). The petition reportedly has 800,000 signatures, but this is later discredited. Link: Te Papa

March 1986

  • The first annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair took place on either the 8th or 15th March 1986. The fair was promoted as "a fair for a fair law" which referred to homosexual law reform. The fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

26 May 1986

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). Link: Bay Area Reporter

23 August 1986

  • The Lesbians and Gays in Education conference is held (New Zealand)

30 August 1986

  • A Women's Studies conference is held (New Plymouth)

12 November 1986

  • A national conference on AIDS is held (New Zealand). Link: Gay BC

13 November 1986

  • The lesbian festival Celebrating Ourselves is held (Auckland)

March 1987

  • Gay rights activists demonstrate against visiting evangelist Leighton Ford (Wellington)
  • The second annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

17 May 1987

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). The Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) notes that memorials are held in at least four cities in New Zealand. Link: Bay Area Reporter

August 1987

  • Wellington City Council grants same-sex partners of bus-drivers the same free travel passes as opposite-sex partners (Wellington)

March 1988

  • The third annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

30 May 1988

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). Link: Bay Area Reporter

October 1988

  • A national hui for Maori lesbians is held (New Zealand)

1 December 1988

  • The first World AIDS Day is held internationally

March 1989

  • The fourth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

13 March 1989

  • Lesbian and gay visibility week takes place (Wellington)

24 March 1989

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland). The theme of the conference is building bridges

13 May 1989

  • The Young Lesbian and Gay Festival is held in Newtown School Hall (Wellington)

21 May 1989

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)

2 June 1989

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

5 June 1989

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

3 November 1989

  • A national hui for Maori Lesbians is held (Wellington). The hui takes place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae

March 1990

  • The fifth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

13 April 1990

  • New Zealand's first Bisexual conference is held (Wellington). The conference is held 13-15 April in Newtown, Wellington

20 May 1990

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand)

21 May 1990

  • An AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held in the foyer of the Beehive, Parliament (Wellington). The service features Sir Paul Reeves - the first patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, MP Fran Wilde, plus five panels of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

2 June 1990

  • A lesbian gathering and conference is held (Christchurch)

18 August 1990

  • A lesbian ball is held (Auckland)

March 1991

  • The sixth annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

19 May 1991

4 October 1991

  • HIV Alive '91 is held (Auckland). The two week event includes specialist workshops, seminars, celebrations and fundraisers. It also includes the first public unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

5 October 1991

  • The first unveiling of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is held (Auckland). The first unveiling is held as part of the HIV Alive '99 event. 88 Australian and New Zealand quilt panels are displayed at the Auckland City Art Gallery. In the three months leading up to the event the number of New Zealand quilt panels had grown from 8 to 32. Soon after the gallery showing, the quilt panels were displayed at the Aotea Centre. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

7 December 1991

  • The first Devotion dance party is held (Wellington). The party is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Tickets cost $20-$25. The party was headlined by DJ Clinton Smiley, aka Jason Harding. Link: Stuff.co.nz

14 December 1991

  • The Bring and Buy lesbian fair is held (Wellington)

21 December 1991

  • The Dominion Dance is held at the Dominion Hotel (Wellington). The dance is organised by Dykes Out Of Debt (DOODS)

February 1992

  • HERO 2 festival is held (Auckland). The festival includes the first HERO parade. Link: Wikipedia

March 1992

  • The seventh annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington). According to Des Smith, one of the founders, the fair was generally held in the second week of March so that it didn't clash with Sydney's Mardi Gras

18 April 1992

  • The National Gay Rights Coalition Hui Aranga Easter gathering is held (New Zealand)

24 April 1992

  • The Sheilas Arms begins a women only night (New Plymouth). The Shelias Arms later renames to Club 47. The building is demolished in October 1996. Link: Fiona Clark

17 May 1992

  • The 9th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand). Over 200 cities around the world participate, with New Zealand being the first country in the world to hold memorials. Link: Bay Area Reporter

October 1992

  • The Lesbian, Gay and Christian National Conference is held (New Zealand). The theme of the conference is sexism and heterosexism. Link: LAGANZ

9 October 1992

  • The first unveiling of the International AIDS Memorial Quilt takes place (Washington D.C., United States of America). The quilt was unveiled in Washington D.C., USA. New Zealand is one of 20 countries invited to attend. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

21 November 1992

  • The second Devotion dance party is held (Wellington). The party is held at Shed 26 on the waterfront and includes a merry-go-round. Link: GayNZ.net

1 December 1992

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (Auckland). Since World AIDS Day 1991, 43 people had died in New Zealand from AIDS-related complications. Father Michael Bancroft leads the first ever AIDS requiem mass in New Zealand. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

1 February 1993

  • The HERO 3 festival is held (Auckland). The festival's theme is: a celebration of diversity

23 May 1993

  • Beacons of Hope is held at Frank Kitts Park (Wellington). Beacons of Hope is held as part of the 10th International AIDS Memorial commemorations. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington members of the New Zealand Youth Choir perform at Frank Kitts Park. The event begins at 7pm and includes people carrying flaming torches representing those that have passed away. Links: Archives New Zealand, New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

July 1993

  • The first Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region). Link: NZ.com

10 October 1993

30 October 1993

22 November 1993

  • The Look Out! Gaze In exhibition of gay men's art opens (Wellington). The exhibition was held in a Wellington City Council building in Civic Square next to the present Public Relations Office. The exhibition was part of the Devotion festival. Link: National Library

24 November 1993

  • The Homophony concert takes place (Wellington). The concert at St Andrew's was part of the Devotion festival, and was organised by Matthew Soeburg and Gareth Farr. It featured Soeburg on the piano. Link: National Library

25 November 1993

  • Eve van Grafhorst's funeral takes place at St Matthew's Church in Hastings (Hastings). Nearly 700 people attended. The Dominion Post reported "Her small white casket lay covered in flowers, candles and one simple smiling photograph of the child whose short life became a symbol to New Zealanders of the fight against AIDS.". Links: Stuff.co.nz, MTG Hawke's Bay

27 November 1993

  • The third Devotion dance party is held (Wellington). The party is held at Shed 21 on the waterfront. (Note there was no Devotion party held in 1994). Link: GayNZ.net
  • The Love Parade is held as part of the Devotion festival (Wellington). People gather for the parade in Civic Square. Link: National Library

1 December 1993

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (Dunedin). The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed in St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin to mark World AIDS Day. The quilt remains on display for a week. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

May 1994

  • The first National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (New Zealand)

22 May 1994

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial services are held (New Zealand). A memorial service is held at St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland. Following the service the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is carried outspread in a candlelit parade via Hobson and Wellesley Streets to Aotea Square. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

July 1994

  • The first Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth). Links: Queer History NZ, NZ.com
  • The second Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region). Link: NZ.com

November 1994

  • The first HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). Link: NZ.com

1 December 1994

  • Worlds AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand). In Auckland, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is is carried outspread down Queen Street for an unfolding ceremony. The global theme of the day is: AIDS and the family. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

1995

  • Birthdaze dance parties are held
  • The first annual Out Takes film festival takes place (Wellington). The festival was held at the Paramount Theatre. Link: Out Takes

4 February 1995

  • The fourth Devotion dance party is held at Civic Square and the Wellington Town Hall (Wellington). (note there was no Devotion party held in 1994). Link: GayNZ.net

18 March 1995

  • The tenth annual Gay and Lesbian Fair is held (Wellington)

19 May 1995

  • The second National Lesbian Studies Conference takes place (Wellington). The conference takes place at the Student Union Building at Victoria University. It runs from the 19-21 May. One of the things to come out of the conference was the group Lesbians on the Land. Links: Queer History NZ, QNA

21 May 1995

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). This is the 12th anniversary of international memorials. In Auckland, five blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are carried from St Matthew-in-the-city to Aotea Square where a Beacons of Hope service is held. Link: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

21 June 1995

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

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

1 July 1995

  • A day-long seminar takes placed called Exceptional Lesbian and Gay Lives (Christchurch). The seminar is advertised as a "one day affirming seminar" and features Robin Duff, Kathleen Quinlivan, Brent Skerten, Ross Palmer, Andrew Carstairs McCarthy, Linda James, Sue Lovelock Marshall, Jo Drayton and Jane Ferrier. It takes place in the Elizabeth Kelly Room above Annies Wine Bar in the City Arts Centre. Link: NZ.com
  • The second annual Stonewall Ball is held (New Plymouth). The ball is to celebrate "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transpeople pride." It will be held at The Mill, 2 Powderham Street in New Plymouth. Link: NZ.com

22 July 1995

  • The Hawke's Bay Queer Event takes place (Napier). The event is advertised as "meeting, dancing, drinking and generally doing some wild stuff in Napier, at the Bay City Club from 9pm.". Link: NZ.com

24 July 1995

  • The third annual Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region). The week is organised by the Waikato Student Union and Queers on Campus. Link: NZ.com

7 August 1995

  • The University Of Canterbury Gay Pride Week is held (Canterbury region). The week is advertised as a "celebration of lesbian, gay and bisexual sexuality." It takes place in the Student Union Building, and runs from 7 - 11 August. Link: NZ.com

19 August 1995

  • The fifth annual AIDS Benefit Concert for the Hamilton branch of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation takes place (Hamilton). The concert is hosted by broadcaster Lianne Clarke and held at the Trustbank Community Theatre. The Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard attends in her capacity as patron of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Link: NZ.com

26 August 1995

  • The twelfth annual Auckland Lesbian Ball takes place (Auckland). The ball is held for the third time at the Hyatt Convention Centre. Proceeds from the event go to the support group LESO - Lesbian Education and Support Organisation. Link: NZ.com

11 September 1995

  • The Auckland University Pride Week takes place (Auckland). The week is organised by a combined group from Unigays, Women loving Women, Dykes on Campus and Uni Goblet. It runs from 11 - 16 September. Link: NZ.com

30 September 1995

  • The third annual Hamilton Pride Party takes place (Hamilton). The party takes place in the Quadrangle next to the gay Next Door Bar. The theme is Greek gods and goddesses. Link: NZ.com

11 October 1995

  • A coming out party is held to celebrate National Coming Out Day (Wellington). The party is held at the National Library of New Zealand and organised by the National Library Lesbian and Gay Network, and the Friends of the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ). The party starts at 5.30pm. Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia

12 November 1995

  • Lesbian's on the Land takes place (Tasman region). The event is held over a weekend at Felicity's farm in Golden Bay with workshops on alternative housing and energy, and natural/holistic health. The group grew out of the second National Lesbian Studies Conference held in May 1995. Link: QNA

25 November 1995

  • The second annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). Broadcasters Anita McNaught and Neil Waka start the Walk from Victoria Park at 11am. The route goes up College Hill, along Ponsonby, K' Rd and Queen St to Aotea Square. Link: NZ.com

2 December 1995

  • The first Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch). The event is held at the Ministry for "lesbians, gays, bisexuals and their friends.". Link: NZ.com

3 December 1995

  • The Coming Out Day parade takes place (Auckland). The parade begins at 2pm from Three Lamps Plaza, goes along Ponsonby Road and ends at Western Park. The 1994 parade attracted approximately 3,000 people. Links: NZ.com, Wikipedia

23 December 1995

  • The Dyke Ball takes place (Christchurch). Link: NZ.com

1996

  • The first Miss Riwaka Beauty Pagent is held (Nelson). The first pageant was held as a private function. Link: NZ.com

8 February 1996

  • Pride Stories our Mothers never told Us takes place (Auckland). The event is organised by the Pride Centre as part of the HERO Festival. It takes place at Footsteps Nightclub and features Mary O'Hagan, Clare Bear Reader, Robert Leak, Karin Kahurangi and Frankie Hill, poet and activist Uma Kali-Shakti, and comedian Philip Patston. Link: NZ.com

10 February 1996

  • The fifth Devotion dance party is held at Shed 6/Queen's Wharf Events Centre (Wellington). Link: Stuff.co.nz

19 May 1996

  • The 13th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand). This year's theme is: AIDS discrimination is a global epidemic - together we can overcome it. Blocks of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt are displayed in New Plymouth, Wellington, Invercargill and Auckland. Events take place in Taranaki, Waikato, Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland and Nelson. Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, NZ.com

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

6 July 1996

  • The Gays and Lesbians Everywhere in Education (GLEE) National conference is held (Wellington). The theme of the conference is: empowering lesbians and gays in education. Links: NZ.com (1), NZ.com (2)

23 November 1996

  • The third annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). The Walk leaves from Victoria Park. Broadcaster Anita McNaught announces the start of the walk. Link: NZ.com

30 November 1996

  • The first annual Pride Weekend takes place (Auckland). The Staircase Nightclub hosts a Pride Party. A Pride Parade takes place on 1 December at 2pm - from Three Lamps Ponsonby to Western Park. It's followed by a Pride Picnic. Link: NZ.com

1 December 1996

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated (New Zealand)

14 December 1996

  • Teaser, a pre-Freedom dance party is held (Christchurch). The party is held at Bar Particular on 14 December 1996. Link: NZ.com

1 February 1997

  • The second Freedom dance party takes place (Christchurch). The party is at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Link: NZ.com

7 February 1997

22 February 1997

  • The HERO parade takes place (Auckland). The parade runs from Crummer Road, into Ponsonby Road and then down to Three Lamps. It's broadcast on TV3. Link: New Zealand AIDS Quilt

8 March 1997

  • The Devotion dance party is held at Wellington Town Hall and Civic Square (Wellington). Link: Stuff.co.nz
  • The Devotion parade is held through the inner city on Devotion day (Wellington). The parade started at 12:30pm at Chaffers Park. It then moved around into Courtenay Place, through the centre of town, ending at Civic Square. A group of fundamentalist Christians protested along the parade route. Link: National Library

4 May 1997

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorials are held (New Zealand). The memorial is moved earlier in May this year to accommodate dates in the USA calendar (generally the memorial is held on the 3rd Sunday in May). Link: New Zealand AIDS Quilt

1 November 1997

  • The second Miss Riwaka Beauty Pageant is held (Nelson). The event is held at Braemar Gym, with formal dress (ball gown or suit). Link: NZ.com

29 November 1997

  • The fourth annual HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). Link: NZ.com

5 February 1998

  • The HERO festival takes place (Auckland). The festival runs from 5 - 21 February. Link: NZ.com

7 February 1998

  • The Freedom festival and dance party take place (Christchurch). The Freedom dance party takes place on 14 Feburary at the Civic of Canterbury on Manchester Street. Various other events take place: an art exhibition 3 - 21 February, a film festival 7 - 13 February, a picnic on 8 February, a cocktail party on 9 February and Bar Olympics on 12 February. Link: NZ.com

14 February 1998

  • The dance party Sprung at Devotion is held (Wellington). The party is held at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It followed on from the earlier Devotion dance parties of the 1990s. Link: Stuff.co.nz

21 February 1998

  • The HERO parade takes place (Auckland). The parade begins at 8.45pm and runs along Ponsonby Road. It includes 60-plus floats. Links: NZ.com(1), NZ.com(2)

March 1998

  • The 13th annual Wellington Lesbian and Gay Fair is held (Wellington)

5 March 1998

  • Cabaret artist Mika donates a personal collection of materials to LAGANZ (Wellington). A ceremony is held in the National Library Auditorium. The collection consists of manuscripts and typescripts from Mika's shows, audio and video recordings, posters, photographs, personal memorabilia and curiosities. There are also props and costumes from the cabarets, such as Carmen's costume jewelry and "Carmen's aerobics leotards" press kits. Link: LAGANZ

14 March 1998

  • The Out of the Comfort Zone conference takes place (New Plymouth). The conference is organised by Taranaki Pride Alliance and is advertised as "a 2 day conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, takataapui and transpeople focusing on community building.". Link: NZ.com

17 May 1998

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)

27 November 1998

  • Auckland City Council, under new Mayor Christine Fletcher, grants $15,000 for Hero Parade cleanup (Auckland)

28 November 1998

  • The fifth HIV Walk for Life takes place (Auckland). The Walk starts at 11am, leaving from Victoria Park. Link: NZ.com

5 December 1998

  • The Awhina World AIDS Day variety concert is held (Wellington). The concert takes place in Soundings Theatre at Te Papa, with funds raised going to the Awhina Centre. Link: Te Papa

16 May 1999

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (New Zealand)

21 May 2000

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

17 February 2001

  • The final HERO Parade is held (Auckland). The parade is held along Ponsonby Road. This would be the last HERO Parade. A smaller march happened in March 2002, but it wasn't until 2013 that another large scale pride parade occurred. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Wikipedia

20 May 2001

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

25 May 2001

  • The seventh annual Out Takes film festival takes place (New Zealand). The festival runs in multiple centres: Auckand 25 May - 5 June, Wellington 31 May - 10 June, Dunedin 16 - 17 June, Christchurch 22 - 24 June. Link: Out Takes

22 February 2002

  • The Minister of Health Annette King opens the new Awhina Centre (Wellington). The Awhina Centre is the New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Wellington Regional Office. Link: Beehive.govt.nz

23 March 2002

  • The HERO Pride March takes place (Auckland). The smaller march follows the demise of the HERO Parade in 2001. Links: NZ Herald, agender.org.nz

19 May 2002

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

11 September 2002

  • Newtown Primary School withdraws support for next years Wellington Gay and Lesbian Fair. (Wellington). The school declines a request for the school hall to be used for what would have been the 18th fair at the site. Link: Gay NZ

17 October 2002

  • The Jimmy hosts a farewell event for people going to the Gay Games in Sydney. (Wellington). Link: Gay NZ

2 November 2002

  • The Gay Games and Cultural Festival 2002 take place (Sydney, Australia). The festival runs from 2-9 November

15 February 2003

  • The Outlines conference takes place (Wellington). The conference is about lesbian and gay history in Aotearoa. Link: LAGANZ

15 March 2003

  • The 18th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington). Link: GayNZ.com

18 May 2003

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

13 March 2004

  • The 19th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington). This year the fair is organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

16 May 2004

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

23 August 2004

  • Destiny Church's Enough is Enough march takes place (Wellington). Followers of Destiny Church march from Civic Square, down Willis Street, Lambton Quay to the steps of Parliament. Links: GayNZ.com, NZ Herald

5 March 2005

  • The Green Party supports the Don't Hate, Celebrate event (Auckland). The event is held in the Auckland University Quad in response to Destiny Church's planned Defend the Legacy march. Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford said "We have proudly supported the Civil Union Bill, the Prostitution Reform Bill, and the Gender Identity Bill. We likewise support the message of this event: that all New Zealanders - no matter their sexuality, gender, race, religious belief, relationship or family status - should be treated with respect.". Link: Scoop

12 March 2005

  • The 20th Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newton School (Wellington). The fair includes the cutting of a civil union cake, celebrating the upcoming passing into law (next week) of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005. This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

15 May 2005

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

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)

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

1 December 2005

  • The first ILGA Pacific conference is held (Auckland). Link: ILGA

11 March 2006

  • The 21st Gay and Lesbian Fair is held at Newtown School (Wellington). This year the fair was organised by the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

21 May 2006

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

7 October 2006

  • Carmen Rupe's 70th birthday party is held at the Boatshed, Wellington (Wellington)

1 December 2006

  • A conference to mark the 20th anniversary of homosexual law reform is held (Wellington). The 20 Years On - Homosexual Law Reform Conference is hosted by LAGANZ at the National Library. Link: LAGANZ

10 March 2007

  • The 22nd Gay and Lesbian Fair takes place at Newtown School (Wellington). This year the fair was organised by Rainbow Wellington - formerly the Gay Association of Professionals (GAP). Link: GayNZ.com

20 May 2007

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held (Wellington)

1 March 2008

  • Out in the Square takes place (Wellington). Out in the Square grew out of the Gay and Lesbian Fair which had been run annually in Wellington since 1985. The fair changed its name in 2008 from the Gay and Lesbian Fair to be more inclusive. Links: GayNZ.com, Wikipedia

18 May 2008

  • 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held
  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

4 July 2008

  • Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand by Chris Brickell is launched (New Zealand). Link: GayNZ.com

17 May 2009

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

27 July 2009

  • Author Chris Brickell wins the Best First Book Award for Non-fiction at the Montana Book Awards (Auckland). Brickell wins for Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand. Link: Tararua District Library

16 May 2010

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

13 February 2011

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

16 March 2011

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

15 May 2011

  • International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held

8 October 2011

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

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

19 November 2011

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

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

12 February 2012

  • 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

3 March 2012

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

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

31 August 2013

  • 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

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

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

28 September 2013

  • A tour of Archives New Zealand is held as part of the inaugural Queer Heritage Month. (Wellington). Link: Gay Express

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

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

7 February 2014

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

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

6 November 2014

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

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

22 January 2016

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

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

17 May 2017

  • 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)

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

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

18 August 2017

  • 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

2 February 2018

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

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

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

31 March 2018

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

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."

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

17 May 2018

  • 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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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
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