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Historian Gareth Watkins selects June dates that highlight the progress made by New Zealand’s Rainbow communities throughout history. 12 June 1916 Activist Jack Goodwin was born in Auckland. Goodwin was a senior member of the Dorian Society, New Zealand’s earliest known homosexual organisation, and later a key member of the NZ...
Historian Gareth Watkins explores past May dates that have had a profound effect on Aotearoa’s rainbow communities. 17 May 1915 In Auckland, Leslie Lander pleaded guilty to committing an unnatural act (buggery) and was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 10 years imprisonment for indecent assault. The 24-year-old had earlier been the...
Historian Gareth Watkins checks out dates in April’s past that were significant milestones for the queer community. 28 April 1869 Painter Frances Hodgkins was born in Dunedin. At the time, Dunedin was the most populous city in New Zealand and was home to a vibrant artistic community. Hodgkins first exhibited there...
Historian Gareth Watkins remembers significant moments in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rainbow communities. 23 January 1964 This year marks the 60th anniversary of the brutal killing of Charles Allan Aberhart. Aberhart was not only persecuted by this country’s laws, with a conviction in 1963 for consensual homosexual activity (a...
Historian Gareth Watkins presents YOUR ex’s annual rainbow history quiz. Test your knowledge now! (Answers at the bottom.) 1 - James Mustapic, the winner of this year’s Celebrity Treasure Island, donated the $100,000 grand prize to what nationwide transgender organisation? 2 - In what year did the national census first collect...
PrideNZ.com, a long-running website dedicated to recording and making accessible Aotearoa New Zealand’s Rainbow heritage, has embarked on a project to make its almost 900 audio recordings more AI accessible. “Access to Generative Artificial Intelligence, for example ChatGPT, over the last year has blossomed” says Gareth Watkins, founder of Pride...
Historian Gareth Watkins highlights November dates that have had significant impacts on Aotearoa New Zealand’s rainbow communities. 22 November 1973 Rev. Wilfred Ford, President of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, and Professor Jim Robb met with Prime Minister Norman Kirk to advocate for homosexual law reform. The Society had formed six...
Historian Gareth Watkins reflects on significant dates in Aotearoa New Zealand's history that had a unique impact on our queer communities. 19 October 1955 Activist and community icon Shelley Te Waiariki Howard was born in Hastings. For much of her life, Howard had tried to suppress her femininity. It wasn’t until...

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