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Sat 5 Jan 2019

  • Brazil's new far-right leader ignites abrupt change
    Brazil's newly sworn-in president, Jair Bolsonaro, was a political outsider who swept to power on promises to crack down on corruption and violence...
    Links: RNZ
  • Comment: Who died and made Ellen DeGeneres the gay pope?
    Comment by Drew Goins of The Washington Post Who died and made Ellen DeGeneres the gay pope?In December, comedian Kevin Hart's appointment to host the 2019 Academy Awards drew renewed attention to his hateful and damaging comments...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • US Pro-Wrestler Anthony Bowens Come’s Out … Again
    Links: Express

Thu 5 Jan 2017

  • Consequences for Kim Burrell’s Homophobic Sermon
    Links: Express
  • Support, finance sought for trans stories book
    A primary school teacher and author is hoping people in the glbti communities will assist financially, or by being interviewed for publication of a collection of stories and interviews exploring transgender New Zealanders experiences and lives...

Tue 5 Jan 2016

  • New Website Launched to Better Inform Chemsex Users
    Links: Express
  • Vinegar Hill
    Links: Express
  • “I've never witnessed such a disorganised event”
    Michelle Mycroft was one of the camp-goers who helped out when a man fell into the main bonfire at Vinegar Hill just after the New Year’s Eve countdown...

Mon 5 Jan 2015

  • 52 Tuesdays Announced For International Release
    Links: Express
  • Feminist Hashtag Tweets Out
    Links: Express
  • Lets Get Intimate – Shanghai Lil’s
    Links: Express
  • Lovers and Friends – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Revelry – Eagle Bar
    Links: Express
  • Staircase plaque sells on Trade Me
    A piece of New Zealand’s gay history has been snapped up at auction...

Sun 5 Jan 2014

  • NFL coach denies claims he's a bigot
    Mike Priefer A member of the coaching staff of NFL team the Minnesota Vikings denies he is a bigot, in the face of claims he said all gay people should be sent to an island and nuked...

Sat 5 Jan 2013

  • Witi Ihimaera book going into Kenyan schools
    The Whale Rider by openly-gay New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera will be a set book in Kenyan schools this year, a move being described as a first in the African nation...

Thu 5 Jan 2012

  • Backgrounder: The (unattractive) Iron Lady
    I'm in two minds about this film...

Tue 5 Jan 2010

  • Radical feminist lesbian Mary Daly dies
    Outspoken lesbian radical feminist Mary Daly has died after a long illness at her home in Massachusetts, aged 81...

Mon 5 Jan 2009

  • Vinegar Hill's new Queen looks to next year
    The 24th Queen of Vinegar Hill is Daniel Corney of Auckland, who has provided prizes and services for several previous Vinegar Hill camps...

Sat 5 Jan 2008

  • New lesbian senator will fight discrimination
    Australia's newly elected lesbian senator, Louise Pratt, says she will fight to ensure the recently elected Labor Party delivers on its promise to implement all 58 federal laws which discriminate against the gay community...

Fri 5 Jan 2007

  • Organised homophobia continues
    Why do some Christian Right groups linger on and on, long after their target cause is long-lost? I pondered this as I noticed how quiet the second anniversary of the passage of the Civil Union Act had been, albeit overshadowed by the downfall of Don Brash and the Hollow Men revelations in early December...

Wed 5 Jan 2005

  • The John Sax Interview: Anti-gay activism by stealth
    The man behind the infamous Hubbard anti-civil unions letter, Auckland businessman John Sax, is not merely a concerned citizen looking out for the 'family'...

Mon 5 Jan 2004

  • Tabloids still hounding Barrymore
    The British tabloid assault on Michael Barrymore continues, with claims that the New Zealand-based entertainer has left behind a $3...

Sun 5 Jan 2003

  • Truscott recaptured after escaping detention
    Police have recaptured HIV positive detainee Christopher Truscott after be absconded from the Christchurch facility where he is being detained...

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