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4 August 1917

  • The NZ Truth reports on homosexuality in Germany (Berlin, Germany). The newspaper reports that 30,000 people with homo-sexual inclinations reside in Berlin, and that 90% of the males in the city have at one time or another, been afflicted with the "sexual disease". Link: Papers Past

23 October 1919

  • The Thames Star reports on a play about Dr. James Miranda Steuart Barry (Thames). Barry was a military surgeon in the British Army who lived their adult life as a man. Links: Papers Past, Wikipedia

23 February 1924

  • A headline in NZ Truth reads "The growth of degeneracy and sex crime - sterilisation proposed" (New Zealand). Link: Papers Past


19 September 1974

  • Television news report: an interview with a visiting moral educationalist (New Zealand). Teaching morals and sex to school children. Nationwide, ref: TZP123086. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision


  • The Gay Publishing Collective is formed (Auckland). The Collective publishes New Zealand Gay News. It later becomes OUT! Magazine in September 1977. Links:, LAGANZ

20 August 1976

  • Television news report: Gay Pride Week (New Zealand). Looks at the Gay Liberation Movement's Gay Pride Week. Tonight, ref: TZP3871. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision


  • Herstory Press ends (Wellington)

3 October 1980

  • Television: Vice Squad seize copies of a "Salient" newspaper containing a comic about homosexuality (Wellington). ref: TZP4997. Victoria University student newspaper "Salient" had all its remaining copies seized by Wellington's Vice Squad, because it contained a comic strip about homosexuality. . Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

5 April 1981

  • The first broadcast of Wellington Access Radio (Wellington). Wellington Access Radio was the first community access radio station to broadcast regularly in New Zealand. The first broadcast featured the feminist show Leave Your Dishes in the Sink which is lesbian run and lesbian-oriented (although it wasn't explicitly stated)

28 June 1981

  • Possibly the first-ever (by/for/about) gay radio broadcast takes place (Wellington). The Gay Radio programme is broadcast on Wellington Access Radio - New Zealand's first community access radio station. It is produced as part of Gay Pride Week 1981. Link:

6 July 1981

16 April 1982

17 October 1982

  • Television: interview with Professor Percy Tannenbaum and Patricia Bartlett about television censorship (New Zealand). ref: TZP40291. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision


  • The Lesbian Community Programme begins broadcasting weekly on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington). The programme is probably the longest running community radio braodcast in New Zealand

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

October 1984

  • The media report that a non-hospitalised person with AIDS is living in Wellington (Wellington). Link: LAGANZ

2 February 1985

  • Gay BC begins broadcasting a weekly programme on Wellington Access Radio (Wellington). The Gay Broadcasting Collective is formed to connect the community and advocate for homosexual law reform. Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)

10 June 1985

  • Three more people are diagnosed with AIDS in New Zealand promoting health warnings (New Zealand)

24 July 1985

  • The media reports New Zealand's first locally-contracted case of AIDS (Wellington). The Health Department says the man from Wellington hadn't been overseas - but this is disputed by a Gay Task force spokesperson

6 August 1985

  • American Presbyterian Pastor Louis P. Sheldon warns New Zealand about homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Sheldon founded the Traditional Values Coalition in 1984. He is invited to New Zealand in 1985 to oppose law reform. Link: Wikipedia

9 August 1985

  • The media reports on an AIDS awareness campaign that will cost half a million dollars (New Zealand)

8 September 1985

  • Activist Alison Laurie appears on television to debate homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Laurie is responding to Barry Reid, a staunch opponent of law reform. The programme airs on TV1 at 9.30pm

4 July 1992

  • Radio Gay Nelson begins broadcasting (Nelson). The programme broadcasts on the local community radio station (later called Fresh FM). In 1994 the programme changed its name to Gaytime FM. Link:

July 1994

  • Gaytime FM begins broadcasting on Fresh FM (Tasman region). The radio programme broadcasts every Sunday morning at 11am. Links: (1), (2)

October 1995

  • The Queer News Aotearoa (QNA) website begins (New Zealand). Link: QNA

3 December 1995

  • The AIDS Media Awards take place (Auckland). The New Zealand AIDS Foundation event is hosted by Ginette McDonald and Anita McNaught. It also features Michael Parmenter performing a dance from his work A Long Undressing. The event is held at the Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers. Link:


  • The Topp Twins television series begins (New Zealand). The series features the twins as Camp Mother and Camp Leader
  • Queer Nation begins screening on TVNZ It became the world's longest running free-to-air TV programme for an LGBT audience

5 February 1996

  • The first broadcast of Express Report occurs (New Zealand). The programme is a regular rainbow tv news and current affairs show. It is later called Out There

16 May 1996

  • Sexual Healing? a documentary featuring former homosexual Noel Mosen is broadcast on TV One (New Zealand). A number of people complain to the Broadcasting Standards Authority about the content. The complaints are upheld in November 1996. Link: BSA

14 November 1996

  • A complaint against the Sexual Healing? documentary is upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (New Zealand). The documentary featured former homosexual Noel Mosen, and broadcast on TV One on 16 May 1996. Link: BSA


  • Broadsheet publication ends (New Zealand)

31 October 1997

  • The domain name is registered (New Zealand)

1 August 1998

  • Alt My Heart, one of the forerunners of is awarded a Rainbow Award (New Zealand). Founder of Gareth Watkins had a number of audio site in the late 1990s and early 2000s before was launched. The site Alt My Heart won a Rainbow Award in August 1998. Link: Internet Archive


  • begins (New Zealand). Based in Auckland, GayNZ was a daily news and features website. It also had forums, an event calendar, scene photographs, business listings and personal ads

7 December 2003

  • Two people announce that they are now straight after years as homosexuals. (New Zealand). The interview was screened on 20/20, TV3


  • Queer Nation broadcasts end It became the world's longest running free-to-air TV programme for an LGBT audience

24 August 2004

  • Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki is interviewed about the Enough is Enough march in Wellington. (New Zealand). The interview broadcasts during the Holmes programme on TV1. Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, TVNZ

25 August 2004

  • The Dominion Post publishes a Tom Scott cartoon mocking the Enough is Enough march (Wellington). The text on the cartoon reads "I know this is not the right place or time, Kev, but you're really hot in those black pants". Link: Alexander Turnbull Library

3 December 2004

  • The Waikato Times publishes an Allan Charles Hawkey cartoon on the Civil Union Bill (Waikato region). The cartoon text reads "The Civil Union Bill is still very discriminatory. Giraffes do not even rate a mention.". Link: Alexander Turnbull Library

6 December 2004

  • The Otago Daily Times publishes a Garrick Tremain cartoon on marriage (Otago region). The cartoon text reads "The fact is!.. Marriage is a blessed sacrament... A treasured institution! And you can't tell me that these gays and things...Will treat their marriages with the devotion and respect... That I've treated all mine!". Link: Alexander Turnbull Library

November 2005

  • UP magazine begins

30 April 2008

  • The television soap opera Shortland Street includes a gay sex scene (New Zealand). The BSA later rule that the scene breached good taste and decency and children's interests. The scene involved two male characters lying in bed talking. One then went under the blankets and the other nervously asked him "where are you going?". The first character popped his head back up and replied "it's a surprise" before descending back under. This was the first time a BSA complaint was upheld against Shortland Street. Link: BSA

12 April 2009

  • The domain is registered (New Zealand)

17 September 2009

  • The Broacasting Standards Authority dismisses a complaint against TVNZ (New Zealand). The complaint related to a Close Up story that reported on a 40-year-old man had been accused of knowingly infecting people with HIV. Link: BSA

30 October 2010

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

31 May 2017

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

20 June 2017

  • Athlete Blake Skjellerup says leading sporting bodies still aren't doing enough to counteract homophobia (New Zealand). Stuff reports Skjellerup saying "I still think within the professional sporting environment in New Zealand there is a fear by administration and athletes to step outside of the status quo, and to go against what has always been done, or in this case, not be done.". Link: Stuff

18 March 2019

  • 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

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