There have also been other openly gay government ministers including the World's and New Zealand's first openly gay Attorney General Chris FinlaysonNational. Homosexuality and same-sex relationships have been documented in New Zealand for centuries. Retrieved 28 March Most same-sex couples did not have children 6, compared with 1, who had children. Many smaller centres have LGBT organisations and social networks that cater to their community. This page was last edited on 1 Februaryat
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In the following decades, numerous gay and lesbian rights groups were formed across New Zealand. Indiscrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was outlawed. There are plenty of gay friendly bars in the Courtenay Place and Cuba Street districts of central Wellington. Statistics New Zealand currently does not explicitly collect data on the sexual orientation of people in New Zealand, meaning that statistical information about New Zealand's LGBT population is very limited. Popular gay venues and meeting places include clubs, bars, cafes, saunas and restaurants in major centres throughout New Zealand. Financial problems in led to the parade's demise, but the festival continued as a celebration of the city's LGBT citizens and comprised many events throughout February, including the popular Big Gay Out in contrast to the music festival Big Day Out held in Januarywhich is still held on the Sunday closest to Valentines Day each year. A government survey of secondary school students ages 13 to 18 recorded that 92 percent were exclusively attracted to the opposite sex, while 4 percent were attracted to the same sex or both sexes and 4 percent were not sure or were attracted to neither sex.
However, as settlers began to move to cities the numbers of convictions for same-sex activities increased. Archived from the original PDF on 7 February They brought with them the Christian doctrine that homosexuality was sinful. Starting inWellington hosted an "Out in the Park" fair, which later evolved into the annual Wellington Pride Festival. Many smaller centres have LGBT organisations and social networks that cater to their community.