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Sat 23 Jan 2021

  • Ian Johnstone - Compass (Wellington)
    Television producer Ian Johnstone talks about a programme he produced on homosexuality and law reform. The programme was part of the Compass series and broadcast on 27 April 1967
    Features: Ian Johnstone

Thu 23 Jan 2020

  • Rotorua kidnapper Blaine Maney sentenced
    A former methamphetamine addict has been jailed for six years and eight months for kidnapping and violently attacking three women...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • YouTuber NikkieTutorials reflects on growing up transgender in first interview since coming out
    Nikkie de Jager, otherwise known as YouTube star NikkieTutorials, appeared on Wednesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke about coming out as transgender...
    Links: Stuff
  • Long Time Family Bouncer Hans Wesche Dies Following Cancer Battle
    Links: Express

Wed 23 Jan 2019

  • Supreme Court backs Trump's transgender military ban
    The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of banning certain transgender people from the military...
    Links: RNZ
  • Trump's military transgender ban set in motion
    The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) allowed President Donald Trump's broad restrictions on transgender people serving in the military to go into effect while the legal battle continues in lower courts...
    Links: Stuff
  • Queer Eye’s Fab Five Do Beyonce, Britney, and Gaga in New...
    Links: Express

Tue 23 Jan 2018

  • 'Defiance disorder': Another book describes chaos in Trump's White House
    In late July, the White House had just finished an official policy review on transgender individuals serving in the military and US President Donald Trump and his then-chief of staff, Reince Priebus, had agreed to meet in the Oval Office to discuss the four options awaiting the president in a decision memo...
    Links: Stuff
  • HIV positive Rotorua man jailed for sexual violation
    An HIV-positive Rotorua man who sexually violated a younger man has been sent to prison for four and a half years...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • HIV sex attacker leaves victim feeling 'utter devastation'
    A sex attack victim has revealed he is unable to continue with normal life after being assaulted by an HIV positive man he considered part of his family...
    Links: Stuff
  • Luvvie Ajayi: Professional Trouble Maker
    Veteran blogger Luvvie Ajayi likes to think of herself as a professional trouble maker...
    Links: RNZ
  • Mother calls gay bar for advice after son comes out to her
    In 17 years of bartending, Kara Coley says she never handled a phone call like the one she answered one evening last week...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Part Two: Rainbow Pasefika: We Exist, We Belong
    Links: Express
  • Study Suggests Grindr Is The Most Likely App To Make People...
    Links: Express

Mon 23 Jan 2017

  • Bourke Street Rampage Driver Allegedly Stabbed Brother Over His Sexuality
    Links: Express
  • iLoveMakonnen Comes Out
    Links: Express
  • LGBT+ Page Disappears From White House Website
    Links: Express
  • LGBTI page removed from White House website
    The LGBTI rights page on the White House website disappeared just hours after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump on Friday...

Sat 23 Jan 2016

  • Youth hui planned pre-conference in Wellington
    InsideOUT have teamed up with local LGBTI youth organisations in Wellington to host a free pre-Proud Conference youth hui this February...

Fri 23 Jan 2015

  • Express Exclusive: Performers and DJs Announced For Proud Party
    Links: Express
  • Guide to the LYC Big Gay Out 2015
    The much-loved community event returns to Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier, Auckland, on Sunday 8 February from midday to 7pm...

Thu 23 Jan 2014

  • Russian gay-baiter 'Cleaver' arrested in Cuba
    A Russian Neo-Nazi who has filmed gay men being assaulted and humiliated, driving at least one to later commit suicide, has been arrested in Cuba for ‘extremism’...

Wed 23 Jan 2013

  • Tongan Christians seek to turn gays straight
    A Tongan language Bible A Tongan church leader has today said that their churches' love and support for gays amongst their flock is expressed by encouraging them to become heterosexual and produce babies...

Mon 23 Jan 2012

  • Roman Skorek is stabbed to death in Kuirau Park, Rotorua
    Four young men were charged with his murder
  • Wellington remembers Carmen
    Former friends, admirers and people from all walks of life who encountered Carmen in her Wellington days have gathered to pay their respects to the late diva at a memorial service in Wellington, where Georgina Beyer made the call to current politicians present “no statue to Blanket Man, yes to Carmen”...

Sun 23 Jan 2011

  • Nervous night passes for burned out couple
    Photo: John Selkirk/Fairfax media The two women whose Mangawhai horticultural business was burned to the ground in what appears to be a homophobic hate attack have spent a nervous but uneventful night exactly a week after the conflagration...

Sat 23 Jan 2010

  • Same-sex couples hold hands across the world
    Gay and lesbian people from around the globe are invited to grab their loved one's hand and take a picture for a new campaign...

Fri 23 Jan 2009

  • Alison Laurie - KAHA Youth Hui 2009 (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Elizabeth Kerekere introduces a queer history talk by Alison Laurie
    Features: Alison Laurie, Elizabeth Kerekere
  • Extreme Taupo - KAHA Youth Hui 2009 (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Wai Ho talks to people from the peer support group Extreme Taupo
  • NAGS Nelson - KAHA Youth Hui 2009 (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Wai Ho talks to Tabby Besley about NAGS in Nelson and an unidentified person talks about a workshop on sexuality and gender
    Features: Tabby Besley
  • North Canterbury - KAHA Youth Hui 2009 (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Wai Ho talks to Kerry Brown about the North Canterbury queer support group.
    Features: Kerry Brown
  • Qtopia Christchurch - KAHA Youth Hui 2009 (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Wai Ho finds out more about the youth support group Qtopia
  • Reactions to day 1 of the KAHA 2009 Youth Hui (Tapu te Ranga Marae, Wellington)
    Participants at the KAHA hui reflect on the first day
    Features: Mike Bryant, unidentified voice
  • Summer fun around the bars this weekend
    Many of New Zealand's gay drinking hotspots are celebrating summer - and Auckland's Anniversary holiday on Monday - with special events this weekend...

Wed 23 Jan 2008

  • Hamilton fun bus for Auckland's Big Gay Out
    The Waikato's LGBT community has been invited to get on board a 'Priscilla'-style adventure bus trip going to Auckland's Big Gay Out family outdoor day on Sunday 10 February...

Tue 23 Jan 2007

  • Radio hosts behind Big Gay Out fears

Mon 23 Jan 2006

  • NZ gay men cannot donate sperm
    A Wellington man has opened debate over whether New Zealand's current Health Ministry policy of banning gay men from being sperm donors should be reviewed...

Sun 23 Jan 2005

  • Wigs moved due to Cher conflict
    Wigs on the Waterfront, the popular annual drag event at Auckland's Viaduct Basin, has been moved to a date outside the Hero Festival this year because of a conflict with pop diva Cher...

Fri 23 Jan 2004

  • Public forum on civil unions in Wgtn
    A public forum on same-sex marriage and civil unions is to be held this coming Wednesday in Wellington...

Sun 23 Jan 2000

  • Snapshot 2000 - Nigel
    Nigel talks about coming out and first sexual experience.
  • Snapshot 2000 - Scott (b)
    Scott talks about coming out and first sexual experience.

Thu 23 Jan 1964

  • Charles Aberhart is beaten to death by a group of teenagers in Hagley Park (Christchurch, New Zealand)

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