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Gareth Watkins looks back at the final month year’s past and how December’s significant events have impacted and shaped our LGBTQ+ community. 17 December 1913 English poet Rupert Brooke arrived in Auckland aboard the ship RMS Niagara. He was only in New Zealand for a couple of weeks before departing for...
Historian Gareth Watkins searches Aotearoa’s significant queer dates from November’s past to see how this month has shaped our community. 21 November 1957 Historian Gavin McLean was born in Oamaru. As a youngster, McLean found sanctuary around the local harbour, fishing and contemplating the history of the waterfront. It developed into...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at significant October dates that have had a lasting impact on our rainbow communities. 8 October 1968 A petition calling for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting males aged 21 and over was presented in Parliament.  The petition, organised by the New Zealand Homosexual Law...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at significant September dates that impacted Aotearoa New Zealand’s rainbow communities. 28 September 1921 This year marks the centenary of the birth of Bruce Mason - one of New Zealand’s most significant playwrights. Mason wrote over thirty plays, with The Pohutukawa Tree and End of the...
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in New Zealand.  Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at the lead-up to the bill’s passing and how key New Zealanders have reflected on it since. The legislation was introduced in March 1985 as a private member’s...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at the June dates that shaped Aotearoa’s queer community forever. 29 June 1944 Author and media personality David Hartnell was born in Auckland. In the 1960s he moved to Sydney, becoming Australia’s first male in-store makeup artist. He then moved to the United States where he...
Historian Gareth Watkins looks back at the May dates that shaped Aotearoa’s queer community forever. 20 May 1863 Reverend Henry Turton of Nelson stood trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of sodomy.  One of Turton’s servants, Isaac Nash, told the court how he had been summoned to Turton’s bedroom...
Historian Gareth Watkins explores April stories from Aotearoa’s queer past. 30 April 1886 Australian-born Amy Bock received her first of many convictions in New Zealand.  An early newspaper report described Bock as having a “perfect mania for what she called ‘shopping’ which consisted of ordering goods she did not require...

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