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Fri 17 Jan 2020

  • Trump restrictions on fetal tissue research unsettle key studies and scientists
    A recent Trump administration decision to limit funding of research that uses fetal tissue is already disrupting research into major diseases, including AIDS, Down syndrome and diabetes, scientists say...
    Links: NZ Herald

Wed 17 Jan 2018

  • ‘Go Tribal’ Wellington Pride Parade After Party Labelled “Culturally Insensitive”
    Links: Express
  • Review: Call Me By Your Name
    Links: Express

Tue 17 Jan 2017

  • Gay Men Can Now Give Blood in Ireland
    Links: Express
  • Ninety Per Cent of LGBT+ Australians Against Religious Exemptions
    Links: Express
  • Orlando Gunman’s Widow Arrested
    Links: Express
  • Pulse massacre gunman's wife arrested
    The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in the Orlando gay nightclub massacre in June last year has been arrested...

Sun 17 Jan 2016

  • Gay hand-holding may be criminalised in Russia
    Russia's parliament is to this Friday begin debating a proposed law which could see gay people jailed for holding hands or kissing in public...

Sat 17 Jan 2015

  • Achieving the Perfect Smile!
    Links: Express
  • Louis ‘Ova
    Links: Express
  • Whangarei breeds the best Hospitality
    Links: Express
  • Supreme Court will hear marriage cases
    The US Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments this year on whether same-sex couples across the country should be able to marry, and whether marriage equality bans should be struck down as unconstitutional...

Fri 17 Jan 2014

  • Report: Ugandan law blocked by Museveni
    President Museveni A Ugandan media outlet is reporting Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has blocked the nation's anti-gay legislation, while describing gay people as "abnormal" beings who can be "rescued" through improving the nation's economy...

Thu 17 Jan 2013

  • Young NZer of Year to host Pride Gala show
    Sam Johnson 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year Sam Johnson has been confirmed as the on-stage host of the big Gala Concert which will launch next month's Auckland Pride Festival...

Tue 17 Jan 2012

  • Skjellerup becomes FebFast ambassador
    Blake Skjellerup Gay Olympian Blake Skjellerup has signed up to take part in FebFast, which has selected Rainbow Youth as one of its beneficiaries this year...

Mon 17 Jan 2011

  • UK therapist tries to "heal" gay man
    A British psychotherapist may be struck off after she tried to convert a gay man straight, by praying to God to ‘heal' him...

Sun 17 Jan 2010

  • USA: Student newspaper sorry for gay bash cartoon
    The editors of student newspaper of Indiana's University of Notre Dame have apologised for printing a "cruel and hateful" cartoon promoting gay bashing...

Sat 17 Jan 2009

  • Wired for sex: Your robotic relationship?
    Sometime later this century, future LGBT communities will confront a moral dilemma, as computers, robots and other artificial intelligences acquire the ability to become self-aware...

Thu 17 Jan 2008

  • New Cuba St gay bar opening in February
    Wellington's 'first couple' of LGBT nightlife have revealed they'll be back in business soon with an intimate new gay bar...

Wed 17 Jan 2007

  • Public health expert joins NZAF Board
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation's newest trustee appointment, Dr Paul Bohmer, “brings with him a wealth of expertise and leadership in the area of public health medicine,” says NZAF Board Chair Hoani Jeremy Lambert...

Tue 17 Jan 2006

  • Strange Directions
    The Maxim Institute is holding its annual youth indoctrination conference at Snells Beach, Auckland (14-22nd January, 2006)...

Mon 17 Jan 2005

  • CU celebrant applications pour in
    Civil union celebrant applications are pouring into Internal Affairs, despite a doom-saying opinion from the President of the Celebrants Guild last week which suggested not many registered marriage celebrants would be interested in applying for the civil union role...

Mon 17 Jan 2000

  • Snapshot 2000 - Regis
    Regis talks about coming out and first sexual experience.

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