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Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand

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List of famous gay, lesbian and bisexual people from New Zealand--famous homosexuals from New Zealand. In NZ, society is generally relaxed in acceptance of gays and lesbians. The gay-friendly environment is epitomised by the fact that there are several Members of Parliament who belong to the LGBT community, gay rights are protected by the New Zealand Human Rights Act, and same-sex couples are able to marry as of 2013. Sex between men was decriminalised in 1986.

Statistics New Zealand currently doesn't readily record the sexual orientation of people in New Zealand, meaning there are very limited statistics on New Zealand's LGBT population. However, at the 2006 Census, there were a recorded 12,300 people living in a same-sex couple in New Zealand - 5,300 male and 7,000 female.

The famous gay people on this list have identified themselves as being gay, lesbian and bisexual and were born in and live in New Zealand. The New Zealand LGBT community is proud to have many famous gay politicians, famous gay singers and celebrities among them.
Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 76
Richard O'Brien (born Richard Smith; 25 March 1942) is an English-New Zealand actor, writer, musician, and television presenter. He wrote the musical stage show The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 ...more
Joel Spolsky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 54
Avram Joel Spolsky (born 1965) is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on Software, a blog on software development, and the creator of the project management software Trello. ...more
Witi Ihimaera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 75
Witi Tame Ihimaera-Smiler (born 7 February 1944), generally known as Witi Ihimaera , is a New Zealand author. He was the first published Māori novelist.
Bill Hastings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
William Kenneth Hastings was New Zealand's tenth Chief Censor, from October 1999 to July 2010. He was Chairperson of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal from July 2010 until February 2013, ...more
Frank Sargeson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
Dec. at 79 (1903-1982)
Norris Frank Davey (23 March 1903 – 1 March 1982) was a New Zealand short story writer and novelist who wrote under the pen name Frank Sargeson (). Sargeson has been credited with introducing ...more
Douglas Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
Blyth Tait is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 57
Blyth Tait (born 10 May 1961 in Whangarei) is a New Zealand equestrian. Tait has competed at four Olympics and has won four medals, one of only four New Zealanders to do so.Tait's first success ...more
Louisa Wall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 47
Louisa Hareruia Wall (born 17 February 1972) is the New Zealand Member of Parliament for Manurewa, having stood for the New Zealand Labour Party. She has represented New Zealand in both netball ...more
Marilyn Waring is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 66
Marilyn Joy Waring CNZM (born 7 October 1952) is a New Zealand feminist, former politician, author, academic, activist for female human rights and environmental issues and development ...more
Paula Boock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gay, Lesbian & Homosexual People from New Zealand
age 55
Paula Boock is a writer.