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Historian Gareth Watkins highlights June dates that pushed progress forward for Aotearoa’s Rainbow communities. June 1949 Journalist and author Tom McLean was born in Greenock, Scotland. He worked for a number of Scottish newspapers before moving to NZ in 1973. In the mid-1980s, after a year of general unwellness, he took...
On the 50th anniversary of the birth of NZ's Gay Liberation Front, Gareth Watkins highlights April dates that made a difference to Aotearoa’s LGBTQ+ community.  11 April 1972 This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Liberation Front action – a Gay Day held in Auckland. Historian Will Hansen...
Gareth Watkins discovers March dates that made a difference to New Zealand’s LGBTQ+ community. 22 March 1964 Norman “Old Sunshine” Gibson died in New Plymouth.  In the 1990s Gibson’s daughter, Miriam Saphira wrote about her father and his relationship with Roy Ayling.  Both were soldiers in the First World War, sharing...
Historian Gareth Watkins examines significant February dates in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Queer History. 23 February 1924 The NZ Truth newspaper published a story about the growth of degeneracy and sex crime. Under the headline “Sterilisation Proposed” the newspaper reported the increase of sex crimes from 1919 to 1922.  Included in the...
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...
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...

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