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March 1967

  • Doreen Ellen Davis is found not guilty of murdering Raewyn Petley (New Zealand). Davis' defence argued that she had been "befriended by a woman outwardly kind and sympathetic but inwardly a hunting lesbian"

March 1972

  • Ngahuia Te Awekotuku is refused a United States visa because she is a known lesbian ("sexual deviant") (New Zealand)

March 1973

  • The Gay-Aid phone counseling service is formed (Wellington)

March 1974

  • Gay activists talk to a Lincoln High School liberal studies class (Canterbury region)
  • Gay Feminist Collective is formed (New Zealand)
  • Gay Liberation Nelson is formed (Nelson)
  • The first National Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland)
  • The Lesbian Club is formed (Wellington)

March 1977

  • Christchurch Women's Liberation Collective is formed (Christchurch)

March 1978

  • The Laetus Social Club is formed (Auckland). The Club grew out of the Auckland Gay Social Club

March 1980

  • Female impersonator Danny La Rue films Danny Down Under for TVNZ (New Zealand). Filmed over 3 days Danny Down Under features Irish-born entertainer Danny Le Rue and comedians John Gadsby and David McPhail. Link: NZ On Screen
  • The Lesbian Centre opens (Wellington). The Centre is located at 6 Boulcott Street
  • The Lesbian Liberation Army attacks the offices of the Sunday News after it runs an anti-lesbian story (New Zealand)

March 1981

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1996

  • Tai Tahi Marsters is acquitted of attempted murder and causing Jim Curtis grievous bodily harm (New Zealand). Marsters hit Curtis using a glass decanter. Curtis is left with brain damage while Marsters is acquitted of both attempted murder and assault. At his trial Marsters uses the homosexual panic defence, claiming Curtis made a sexual advance. Link: Parliamentary debate

March 1997

  • Branches of the Gay and Lesbian Labour Party are formed by Tim Barnett and Chris Carter in Auckland and Christchurch (New Zealand)

March 1998

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

1 March 1893

  • Mary Taylor dies (Yorkshire, United Kingdom). Link: Te Ara

1 March 1941

  • Female impersonator and activist Johnny Croskery is born (Wellington). Link: Tapatoru

1 March 1982

  • Writer Frank Sargeson dies (New Zealand)

1 March 1985

1 March 1988

  • Television news report: more women are becoming HIV+ (New Zealand). Doctors say it is only a matter of time before babies are born in New Zealand with HIV/AIDS. Eyewitness news, ref F90793. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

2 March 1985

  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform Bill to be introduced to Parliament (New Zealand). ref: TZP13131. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 March 1980

  • Television current affairs: photographer Brian Brake (New Zealand). Kaleidoscope, ref TZP442220. Link: TVNZ

3 March 2012

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

4 March 2012

5 March 1985

5 March 1986

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

5 March 1996

  • The Census forms are constructed so the number of same-sex couples can be counted (New Zealand). Every person in a household is provided with their own individual form which includes questions about who they are living with. By cross-referencing data the number of same-sex couples living together can be calculated. Link: Stats NZ

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

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

7 March 1972

  • Television current affairs: interview with Germaine Greer (New Zealand). Gallery, ref TZP49990. Link: TVNZ

7 March 1980

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

7 March 1985

7 March 2006

  • Television news report: HIV+ diagnoses are increasing (New Zealand). Interviewees include Damien Moore and Rachael Le Mesurier. TV3 news, ref F92169. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

7 March 2011

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

8 March 1985

  • Labour MP Fran Wilde introduces the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in Parliament (New Zealand). The Bill passes its first reading 51 to 24 votes. Links: PrideNZ.com, Wikipedia, LAGANZ
  • Television news report: Homosexual Law Reform opponents fail to prevent its referral to a Parliamentary select committee (New Zealand). ref: TZP17247. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: Parliament agrees to consider homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F61914. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

8 March 1988

  • Television news report: a new book says AIDS can be passed on by kissing or sitting on toilet seats (New Zealand). Includes an interview with the co-author Dr Robert Kolodny. The book Crisis: Heterosexual Behavior in the Age of AIDS asserts that "the AIDS virus is now running rampant in the heterosexual community." The authors claim that under some circumstances, the virus can be spread by kissing, using toilet seats or eating in a restaurant. Eyewitness news ,ref F90811. Links: Washington Post, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

8 March 2003

  • Television feature: Pansy screens on TV One (New Zealand). Author Peter Wells looks at his life "through pansy-tinted glasses". Motivated by the anniversary of his brother's death in 1989, the film charts Wells' path to becoming a pioneering gay filmmaker and writer. Ref F52190. Links: NZ On Screen, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, MF Films

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

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 1984

  • A television interview is broadcast with a man who would become the first person to die from AIDS related conditions in New Zealand (New Plymouth). The 29-year-old man had been infected overseas and had come back from Sydney to New Plymouth. He dies in April 1984. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

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

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

10 March 1953

10 March 1987

  • Television news report: media coverage of AIDS in the United Kingdom (New Zealand). A news report that examines over 20-hours of coverage on AIDS last week in the United Kingdom. Eyewitness news, ref F92368. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

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

11 March 1985

  • Television: Auckland gay community reacts to Norman Jones' anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). ref: TZP132922. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

11 March 1988

  • Television news report: stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS in Australian jails (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90822. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

11 March 2016

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

12 March 2003

  • An advert from Wellington City Council supports the annual Gay and Lesbian Fair (Wellington). Published in Capital Times, the text reads "Wellington City Council is proud to support the Gay and Lesbian Fair. Best Wishes Kerry [Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington]."

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

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

13 March 1985

13 March 1989

  • Lesbian and gay visibility week takes place (Wellington)

13 March 1996

  • The Gay Association of Professionals (GAP) is formed in Wellington (Wellington). The Association changes its name to Rainbow Wellington in the mid-2000s. Links: Queer History NZ, LAGANZ

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

13 March 2013

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

14 March 1972

  • Television current affairs: interview with visiting author Germaine Greer (New Zealand). On Camera, ref TZP124621. Link: TVNZ

14 March 1985

  • MPs Geoff Braybrooke, Graeme Lee, Norman Jones and Alan Wallbank launch the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ
  • Television: The Health Department is considering introducing special blood tests to prevent AIDS spreading through blood transfusions (New Zealand). ref: TZP134394. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Close Up on failed heterosexual marriages where the husband was gay (New Zealand). ref: TZP7717. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

14 March 2006

  • Television news report: Christchurch scientist says there is evidence that homosexuality is genetic (New Zealand). Interviewees include Frank Sin,Jack Heinemann and Steve Attwood. One news, ref F92184. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 March 1977

  • Television news report: Marilyn Waring attacks the way Social Welfare benefits are administered (New Zealand). Ref TZP29293 and TZP29294. Links: TVNZ (1), TVNZ (2)

15 March 1985

  • Television: gay community of Wellington fearing climate of violence and prejudice ramped up by anti-reform campaigners (Wellington). ref: TZP12902. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 March 1988

15 March 2003

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

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 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

16 March 1994

  • MP Chris Carter (Te Atatu, Labour Party) gives his maiden speech in Parliament (New Zealand). Carter is the first openly gay Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Link: Wikipedia

16 March 2011

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

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 1928

  • Morals campaigner Patricia Bartlett is born (Napier). Bartlett would later form the Society for Promotion of Community Standards. Link: Wikipedia

17 March 1987

  • Television news report: Americans who have had blood transfusions in the last 8-years are being encouraged to get tested for AIDS (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F58302. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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 1973

  • Television current affairs: a look at the life of a transsexual prior to undergoing surgery (New Zealand). This Day, ref TZP86610. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

18 March 1985

  • The AIDS Support Network becomes a charitable trust (New Zealand). The name is changed to the AIDS Support Network Trust. Links: LAGANZ, GayNZ.net

18 March 1986

18 March 1995

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

18 March 2007

  • Television news report: two new HIV drugs are available in New Zealand (New Zealand). Interviewees include Dr Richard Meech, Rachael Le Mesurier and Dr Nigel Dickson. TV3 news, ref F98423. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

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

19 March 1980

19 March 1982

19 March 1985

  • Television news report: Primary school teachers worry about anti-sex education lobby taking over school committees (New Zealand). ref: TZP13121. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

19 March 1999

  • Dancer Freda Stark dies Link: Te Ara

20 March 1948

  • Activist Porleen Simmonds is born Link: LILAC

20 March 1980

  • The Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund present a submission to the Select Committee considering the Guardianship Amendment Bill (New Zealand)

20 March 1985

  • Keith Hay and Peter Tait take over the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ
  • Television: Debate about Homosexual Law Reform between supporters Fran Wilde and Doctor Ian Scott versus opponents John Kennedy and Geoff Braybrooke (New Zealand). ref: TZP125456. Special broadcast from Otago Boys High School, where a public meeting is being held in the form of a debate over Homosexual Law Reform. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

20 March 2020

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

21 March 1985

  • The Salvation Army announces it will administer the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Link: LAGANZ

21 March 1989

22 March 1977

  • Television news report: By-election in Mangere after the resignation of Colin Moyle (Auckland). Ref TZP27818. Links: TVNZ, Wikipedia

22 March 1983

22 March 1985

  • Television news report: Salvation Army take over organised opposition to Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP13134. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

22 March 1989

  • Television news report: Tom McLean calls for an end to discrimination against people with AIDS (New Zealand). Interviewees include Tom McLean, Bill Logan and David Blackmore. Eyewitness news, ref F95834. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

23 March 1903

  • Writer Norris Frank Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is born (Hamilton). Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

23 March 1907

  • The NZ Truth reports that Oscar Wilde's play Salome is prohibited in New York (New York, United States of America). Link: Papers Past

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

24 March 1975

  • Television news report: an item on homosexuality and the church (New Zealand). Look North, ref: TZP10578. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 March 1981

  • Television: Toss Woollaston interviewed about his autobiography Sage Tea (New Zealand). ref: TZP24743. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

24 March 1989

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Conference is held (Auckland). The theme of the conference is building bridges
  • Tom McLean, journalist and author of If I Should Die dies (Wellington). Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, WorldCat

25 March 1942

  • Writer and actor Richard O'Brien is born (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom). Link: Wikipedia

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

25 March 1986

  • The Committee of the Whole House (Parliament) continues to consider the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Link: PrideNZ.com

25 March 1995

  • Writer Eric McCormick dies McCormick wrote biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins. Link: Te Ara

26 March 1933

  • Broadcaster Henare te Ua is born (New Zealand)

26 March 1986

  • Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Newsline, ref F57853. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 March 1997

  • The Awhina Centre at 35 Mein Street, Newtown is badly damaged by a suspected arson (Wellington). The Centre moves to 45 Tory Street

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 1910

  • Dancer Freda Stark is born (Northland region). Link: Te Ara

27 March 1978

  • Television news report: the National Coalition for Gay Rights says that homosexuality will be an issue for the upcoming General Election (New Zealand). Ref TZP28828. Link: TVNZ

27 March 1979

  • Television news report: Margaret Scott receives funding to continue editing the letters of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand). Focus, ref TZP27377. Link: TVNZ

27 March 1980

  • Newspaper report: Gay Health Workers Alliance (GHWA) in New Zealand (New Zealand). The group is open to doctors, medical students, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals. LAGANZ notes that this group started in 1979. Links: Bay Area Reporter, LAGANZ

27 March 1985

  • Television news report: the petition against homosexual law reform is circulating in schools (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F62356. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Post Primary Teachers Association denounce the anti=homosexual petition which has been circulated around schools (New Zealand). ref: TZP17285. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • The anti-homosexual law reform petition is circulated in some schools (New Zealand). Link: Nga Taonga

27 March 1986

  • Television news report: Parliament debates the age of consent provisions in the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). The age of consent is set at 16. Parliament also decides that homosexual acts will remain illegal in the armed services. 6.30 news, ref: F91572. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, LAGANZ

27 March 2005

  • Television news report: a gel that may block the sexual spread of HIV (New Zealand). The gel was developed in part by a government owned research company. Interviewees include Richard Furneaux and Brian Ward.TV3 news ,ref F85360. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

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 1925

  • NZ Truth reports on homosexualists in high society and in the arts (New Zealand). Link: NZ Truth

28 March 1985

  • Television current affairs: the age of consent debate (New Zealand). Explores the age of consent and the Homosexual Law Reform Bill. Features Jon Lusk, Sebastian Pope, Prof. Jim Robb, Keith Hay, MP Denis Marshall and MP Geoff Braybrooke. Close Up, ref F57580. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Close Up on the opposing views behind the age of consent and Homosexual Law Reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP7721. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

29 March 1970

  • Television news report: University Students Association Council recommends sex education in schools (New Zealand). NZBC news, ref TZP85992. Link: TVNZ

29 March 1977

  • Television news report: the Homosexual Law Reform Society says discrimination against homosexuals should be illegal (New Zealand). The Society was appearing before the Select Committee on Human Rights. Ref TZP28786. Link: TVNZ

29 March 2005

  • Television panel discussion: what is hate speech? (New Zealand). Hosted by Willie Jackson, with panelists Anjum Rahman, Emily White, Chris Wikaira and Judith Collins. Eye to Eye, ref F85113. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

29 March 2013

  • Former MP Warren Freer dies (New Zealand)

30 March 1980

  • The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection is formed (New Zealand)

30 March 1981

  • The Lesbian Gay Media Collective is formed (Wellington). The group produces New Zealand's first Lesbian and Gay radio programme during Pride 1981 for Wellington Access Radio. The group later merges with the Pink Triangle Publishing Collective in 1982

30 March 1985

  • Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). Williams appears on TV 1 news
  • Television news report: Roman Catholic Cardinal Tom Williams speaks out against homosexual law reform (New Zealand). The report also features MP Geoff Braybrooke and Bill Logan. 6.30 news, ref F62402. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television: Cardinal Tom Williams opposes Homosexual Law Reform Bill (New Zealand). ref: TZP17808. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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
  • Television news report: Gay activists picket the Salvation Army Citadel, in protest of their opposition to homosexual law reform (New Zealand). ref: TZP12484. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television news report: people picket outside Salvation Army citadels (New Zealand). People protest the Army's backing of the anti-law reform petition. 6.30 news, ref F62403. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

31 March 2018

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

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
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