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Timeline: September

September 1863

September 1976

  • The Back Street Theatre tours the country (New Zealand). The theatre group is formed by the National Radical Feminist Caucus

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)
  • Chief Human Rights Commissioner Pat Downey rejects National Gay Rights Coalition submissions (New Zealand). Downey says discrimination is justified in some circumstances
  • Gays and lesbians are banned from the Cantabrian Hotel (Christchurch)

September 1981

  • Lesbians and Gays Against Racism is formed during the campaign against the Springbok rugby tour (New Zealand)

September 1985

  • The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is formed (New Zealand). The Foundation grows out of the AIDS Support Network, after receiving a Government grant in April 1985

September 1989

  • The Gay Motorbike Club is formed (New Zealand). It soon became the Mercury Motorbike Club

September 1990

  • Pink Triangle magazine ends (New Zealand). The magazine was published by the National Gay Rights Coalition. It was an important source of news and feature articles and was distributed nationally. The first issue was published on 14 May 1979. Link: Auckland Museum

September 1997

  • Auckland City Council refuses to fund the Hero Parade (Auckland). The organisers had asked for $32,000 to crowd barriers and cleanup

1 September 1916

  • A Bill is introduced to allow females to wear male clothing and take a male first name (Melbourne, Australia). The Colonist newspaper reports the move as "freak legislation in Victoria". Link: Papers Past

1 September 1984

  • The Wellington Gay Task Force is formed (Wellington). The group is formed by John McDavitt, Bill Logan and others. Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)

1 September 1993

  • Nicki Eddy becomes the first full-time paid worker for the New Zealand [AIDS Memorial] Quilt Project (Auckland). Eddy is the National Convenor for the quilt. Link: NZQP newsletter

2 September 1978

2 September 2004

  • Television programme: Takataapuhi (New Zealand). This episode highlights Maori women involved in protest movements over the past decades. Takataapuhi, ref F82081. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

3 September 1985

3 September 1991

  • Television news report: condom sales are dropping (New Zealand). Interviewees include Margaret Durden, Margaret Sparrow, Krista Blake and Adie Davis. TV3 news, ref F105875. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

3 September 1995

  • Pianist Michael Houston performs a benefit concert for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (Auckland). The performance takes place at the School of Music, University of Auckland. Link: NZ.com

3 September 2002

  • New Zealand AIDS Foundation is blocked from erecting penis billboards. (New Zealand). The billboards were to promote National Penis Day on 5 September. Link: Gay NZ

3 September 2013

  • Coroner H Brandt Shortland finds a teenager bullied for being "feminine", committed suicide. (New Zealand). Marvin Te Maunga Te Kotahitanga Peihopa died on 5 April 2009. Link: Stuff
  • Phillip Edwards is arrested after a child was abducted in August and later found abandoned. (Auckland). In 2003 Edwards was found guilty of the manslaughter of interior decorator David McNee. Link: Gay NZ

4 September 1957

  • The Wolfenden report is published (United Kingdom). One of the recommendations in the report was that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.". Link: Wikipedia

4 September 1979

4 September 1993

  • Darren Horn dies (Auckland). Horn was an early convener of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1992 he wrote "All the quilts speak of love, compassion and memories. Each is composed of recollection, sadness, acceptance and letting go. The quilts help us to learn and accept. They are a guide to the future of coming generations.". Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Te Papa

4 September 2003

  • Television news report: Zimbabwean refugee charged with willfully passing on HIV (New Zealand). Interviewees include Winston Peters and Kevin Hague. TV3 news, ref F59896. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

5 September 1979

5 September 2002

  • New Zealand AIDS Foundation launches the "Toolbox" safe sex campaign. (New Zealand). The toolbox contains condoms, lubricants and application hints, and was distributed to people on the street. Link: Gay NZ

5 September 2003

  • Television news reports: HIV positive refugees in NZ and former newsreader Darren McDonald is sentenced (New Zealand). Two reports: HIV positive refugees in New Zealand, and former newsreader Darren McDonald is sentenced on drugs charges. One news, ref F59892. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

7 September 1979

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

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 1985

  • Television news report: New Zealalnd's eleventh AIDS case is announced (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F86225. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports New Zealand's eleventh case of AIDS (New Zealand)

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 September 1960

  • Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies dies (London, United Kingdom). Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic surgery and gender-reassignment surgery. Link: Wikipedia

10 September 1980

  • Television news report: Wellington City Council refuses to allow a lesbian group to advertise on buses (Wellington). ref: TZP5053. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 September 2004

10 September 2005

  • Television news report: students come up with an innovative way to promote the safe sex message to their peers (New Zealand). One news, ref F88352. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

10 September 2008

  • Composer Chris Gendall wins the 2008 APRA SOUNZ Contemporary award (Auckland). Chris receives the award during the APRA Silver Scroll Awards event held in Auckland. Link: RNZ
  • The Topp Twins are inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (Auckland). The Topp Twins receive the honour during the APRA Silver Scroll award event in Auckland

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
  • David Cunliffe stands down a campaign worker during his bid for the Labour Party leadership. (New Zealand). Jennie Michie is quoted as remarking earlier "It would be naive to imagine that there would be no resistance to a gay prime minister at this point". Link: Gay NZ

11 September 1935

11 September 1944

  • Chrissy Witoko is born (Hastings). Witoko would later own (among other businesses) the Evergreen Coffee Lounge in Wellington. Links: Friends of Chrissy, Te Papa

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

11 September 1986

  • The Lesbian and Gay Rights Resource Centre is damaged by arson (Wellington). Links: LAGANZ (1), LAGANZ (2)

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

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

12 September 1861

  • Painter Dorothy Richmond is born (Auckland). Link: Te Ara

12 September 1978

12 September 2009

  • The Vintner's Luck has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival The film is based on Elizabeth Knox's novel. Link: Wikipedia

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
  • Television news report: scuffles with pro-homosexual law reform marchers in Wellington (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F86286. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

14 September 1868

  • Alexander Turnbull is born (Wellington). During his life Turnbull collected a wide variety of manuscripts and documents. He later donated his collection to the country - forming the basis of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net

14 September 1969

  • Television feature: playwright and actor Bruce Mason (New Zealand). Ref TZP76726. Link: TVNZ

14 September 1978

  • Newspaper report: BCNZ bans the song Glad to Be Gay by Tom Robinson (New Zealand). The newspaper notes that Beverly Wakem, a broadcasting official, insists that this was not attempt to discriminate against gay people, citing the broadcaster's earlier attempts to expand "understanding of the views of Gay people" in its programming. Link: Bay Area Reporter

15 September 1954

  • A committee chaired by Lord Wolfenden begins looking into homosexual offences and prostitution (United Kingdom). The resulting report is published in 1957. Link: Wikipedia

15 September 1982

  • Television: interview with Richard O’Brien about his youth in Hamilton and Rocky Horror (Hamilton). ref: TZP106773. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

15 September 1983

15 September 2002

  • Kiwifruits fundraising calendar is launched. (New Zealand). The community calendar is a fundraising project for gay touch rugby players heading to the Sydney Gay Games. Link: Gay NZ

15 September 2008

16 September 1882

16 September 1977

16 September 1980

  • Arthur Ball is found not guilty of murdering Miles MacFarlane (on the grounds of insanity) (Wellington)

16 September 2013

  • Peter Taylor, a well known Auckland personality dies. (Auckland). Taylor died shortly after stopping treatments for long-term HIV and leishmaniasis infections. Links: GayNZ.com (1), GayNZ.com (2)

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

17 September 1982

17 September 1985

17 September 1991

  • Television news report: Hollywood stars raise money for AIDS research (United States of America). TV3 news, ref F106019. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

17 September 1994

  • The Lesbian Information, Library and Archives Centre (LILAC) opens (Wellington). The Centre is for women-oriented women and holds the largest accessible collection of lesbian books and other materials in New Zealand. Link: LILAC

17 September 2004

  • Peter Wells writes about the killing of David McNee (New Zealand). Wells writes an article for the Listener about the trial of Phillip Layton Edwards who killed David McNee in Auckland. The article begins "Listening to a dead person being made responsible for their own violent death is an odd sensation." Later in the article Wells makes the point "It is impossible in New Zealand - and many other countries - to murder a homosexual. It is possible to be found guilty of manslaughter. The underlying message is that any homosexual's life is of little value.". Link: Listener

18 September 1985

  • Television news report: MPs have been given results from the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Features an interview with MP Graeme Lee who is the petition organiser. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87198. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

18 September 1987

  • Television news report: the Pope visits San Francisco, blessing people with AIDS (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90361. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

19 September 1893

  • New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections (New Zealand). Links: NZ History, Papers Past

19 September 1971

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

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

19 September 1985

19 September 1986

  • Television news report: US scientists expected to announce the expanded use of an HIV drug (United States of America). Eyewitness news, ref F58151. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 September 1986

  • Television news report: thousands of AIDS patients expected to receive AZT - a new drug treatment (New Zealand). 6.30 news, ref F116280. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

20 September 2002

  • Countrymen's Institute sauna closes. (Auckland). The sauna was established in 1988 by Glen Morris and Lawson Bracewell. Link: Gay NZ

21 September 1986

  • Television news report: call for more blood donations (New Zealand). Blood reserves are dwindling due to fears around AIDS. 6.30 news, ref F116281. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

21 September 1996

  • The Riding the Rainbow '96 conference takes place (Christchurch). The Pink Health conference's theme is self esteem. Link: NZ.com

21 September 2000

  • The Prostitution Reform Bill is introduced into Parliament by Labour MP Tim Barnett (New Zealand)

22 September 1985

22 September 1987

  • Television current affairs: AIDS as a political issue in the United States (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90367. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

22 September 2005

  • Television news report: the World Health Organisation warns of the growing AIDS issue in the Pacific (New Zealand). Interviewees include Dr Bernard Fabre-Teste, Rachel Le Mesurier and Dr Mark Jacobs. One news, ref F89489. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

23 September 1983

23 September 1985

23 September 2009

  • Mates and Lovers play by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington

23 September 2017

  • The General Election sees at least seven rainbow politicians in Parliament (New Zealand). Louisa Wall, Grant Robertson, Meka Whaitiri, Tamati Coffee and Kiritapu Allan (Labour Party); Jan Logie (Green Party) and Chris Finlayson (National Party). Link: Gay Express

24 September 1945

  • Police interview two women about their recent marriage to each other (Auckland). The Evening Post headline reads "Strange Masquerade, Woman as Man.". Link: Papers Past

24 September 1985

  • Television news report: presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform at parliament and blood donor testing has been delayed (New Zealand). Features an interview with MPs Fran Wilde and Graeme Lee. 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87267. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Television news report: scuffles during the presentation of the anti-homosexual law reform petition (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F87268. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • 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

24 September 1987

  • Television news report: research continues into HIV (New Zealand). Eyewitness news, ref F90371. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

24 September 2004

  • The Presbyterian Church votes to prevent lesbians, gays or people in defacto relationships from becoming church leaders.

25 September 1921

  • Prime Minister Robert Muldoon is born (Auckland). As Prime Minister, Muldoon accuses MP Colin Moyle of having been picked up for homosexual practices. Moyle resigned from Parliament in 1977. Link: Te Ara

25 September 1983

25 September 1985

25 September 2009

  • Television news report: breakthrough in stopping the spread of HIV (New Zealand). Nightline, ref F195226. Link: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

25 September 2013

  • Correction Minister Anne Tolley announces that transgender prisoners will be housed according to their legal sex. (New Zealand). At the time of the announcement there were nine transgender offenders in the prison system. Link: Stuff

25 September 2017

  • A same-sex couple are denied a church wedding by St Peter's Anglican Church (New Zealand). The Anglican Church denies Alexandra Saunders and Sara Rimmer the right to marry at St Peter's in Paekakariki. The churches nationwide position is to "uphold Christian marriage as a union of a man and a woman". Priests are not allowed to officiate same-sex marriages. Link: Stuff

26 September 1860

26 September 1936

  • Phillip Stewart is arrested in an Auckland hotel "dressed as a girl" (Auckland). Link: Papers Past

26 September 1974

  • Television: author Witi Ihimaera wins the Watties Book of the Year Award for his novel Tangi (New Zealand). The South Tonight, ref: TZP359531. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

26 September 1985

  • Current affairs: Christian political activism and homosexual law reform (New Zealand). Close Up, ref F87271. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • Newspaper report: Moral majority takes crusade to New Zealand (San Francisco, United States of America). Publisher Tony Katavich comments "Really, mate - can't you keep your Christian creeps at home?". Link: Bay Area Reporter
  • Television news report: criticism in the delay for AIDS testing of blood donors (New Zealand). 6.30 news Top Half, ref F87269. Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland

26 September 1986

  • Television news report: the NZ AIDS Foundation says women are at risk too (New Zealand). Interviewee Kate Leslie. 6.30 news, ref F131743. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

27 September 1981

  • Newspaper report: protests around the world (including in New Zealand) against homophobic US immigration policies (San Francisco, United States of America). Link: Bay Area Reporter

27 September 1985

27 September 2002

  • The general assembly of Presbyterian Church rejects a motion to investigate the church's position on gay ministers. (New Zealand). The motion is put forward by the Wellington Presbytery. Link: Gay NZ

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
  • Paul Findlay resigns as a board-member of youth group Q-topia. (Christchurch). A sexting conversation was publicized in the media allegedly between Findlay and a person identifying themselves as a fifteen-year-old. Links: NZ Herald, GayNZ

28 September 1984

28 September 1994

28 September 2002

  • Michael Pattison gains media attention as an openly gay man competing in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year. (New Zealand). Pattison has previously won Mr Gay Wellington and Mr Drag Wellington. Links: Gay NZ, Access My Library

28 September 2013

28 September 2014

  • Activist Porleen Simmonds dies (New Zealand). Link: LILAC

30 September 1986

  • Television news report: a world authority says HIV can survive in untreated water (New Zealand). The Health Department asks public swimming pool operators to guard against the spread of AIDS. Interviewee John Kingi. 6.30 news, ref F131768. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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

30 September 2004

  • Television programme: Takataapuhi (New Zealand). This episode looks at AIDS. Takataapuhi, ref F82563. Link: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

30 September 2013

  • A public meeting is held to discuss safety on Karangahape Road. (Auckland). The meeting follows an increase in violence towards rainbow people in the Karangahape Road area. Link: K Road Community Safety
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