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Sun 27 Jan 2019

  • Whakarongo: Pride, ILGA World and beyond
    (Wellington City Library)
    Interviews with participants from the community hui: Whakarongo - Pride, ILGA World and beyond
    Features: Adrienne Girling, Elizabeth Kerekere, Jesse Porter, Kassie Hartendorp, Kayla Riarn, Kevin Haunui, Laura Drew, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Richard Tankersley, Tiwhanawhana
  • Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home
    PANAMA CITY — Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Same Same but Different - Sandi Hall
    The story of a Hokianga-born Maori suffragette who tried to persuade the Maori Parliament to support women gaining the vote, is told in a new play by writer Sandi Hall...
    Links: RNZ

Sat 27 Jan 2018

  • Davos: Role of businesses in ending LGBTI discrimination
    26 January 2018 – With major companies joining the growing list of early adopters of United Nations standards to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, the UN human rights chief on Friday highlighted the private sector's ...
    Links: Scoop

Fri 27 Jan 2017

  • A Must-See Exhibition in Wellington This Summer!
    Links: Express
  • A Tribe Called Queer: The LGBT+ Rappers Missing In Your Life...
    Links: Express
  • Crime Writer Headlines Writers’ Festival
    Links: Express
  • Having the Chat: Jason Chasland
    Links: Express
  • Iceman Kisses Another Guy for the First Time
    Links: Express
  • Mr Gay New Zealand Finalist Shines a Light on LGBT+ Homelessness
    Links: Express
  • Obama’s Final Act in Support of Trans People
    Links: Express
  • Our Go-To Swimwear Picks for 2017
    Links: Express
  • The Million Dollar Man
    Links: Express

Wed 27 Jan 2016

  • Sir Ian McKellen Calls Out the Oscars
    Links: Express
  • Updated: Don’t Miss a Beat with the 2016 Auckland Pride Festival...
    Links: Express
  • Wellington flatmates wanted 'safety and comfort'
    The group of Wellington flatmates, who have found themselves in a media storm after their Trademe advert searching for a “non heterosexual” flatmate went viral, have explained they were tryingto create a safe home environment for themselves...

Tue 27 Jan 2015

  • 2015 Auckland Pride Programme Now Online
    Links: Express
  • Pride QandA: Freya Desmarais
    The self-declared ‘best non-South African lesbian comedian this side of the Bombay Hills’ is bringing “the sex education you never got but should have” to Auckland Pride Festival, with her show Live Orgy...

Mon 27 Jan 2014

  • Watch: equality a winner at the Grammys
    Queen Latifah has officiated over the weddings of 33 (gay and straight) couples live in a powerful moment for the marriage equality message in the US – on a memorable Grammys night for New Zealand too! The magic moment came after rapper Macklemore and lesbian musician Mary Lambert performed marriage equality anthem Same Love – and was capped off with Madonna singing for the couples’ first dance! New Zealand Lorde took home two Grammys in a fabulous show, which also featured P!nk performing majestic aerial tricks, Madonna rocking up in a smashing suit and Daft Punk (surely!) winning best outfit by wearing robot heads...

Sun 27 Jan 2013

  • Georgina Beyer - people remembered
    Georgina Beyer remembers some memorable people and situations - including Queen Elizabeth II, Ruby Wax, Jerry Hall, John Banks and facilitating a meeting in Madrid between a local transgender group and members of the government
    Features: Georgina Beyer
  • Georgina Beyer - places and personalities
    Georgina Beyer remembers some of the clubs, venues and personalities in Wellington from the mid-1970s and her time in Auckland in the 1980s.
    Features: Georgina Beyer
  • Georgina Beyer - significant legislation
    Georgina Beyer reflects on some of the significant legislation passed during her time in Parliament: the Prostitution Reform Act (2003), Civil Unions Act (2004) and the Foreshore and Seabed Act (2004)
    Features: Georgina Beyer

Fri 27 Jan 2012

  • BDO ban labelled ignorant by Odd Future's lesbian
    "What's the point of having words you can't say?" asks Syd the Kid Lesbian Odd Future member Syd tha Kid has described the group's ban from the final Auckland Big Day Out as "ignorance at its finest"...

Thu 27 Jan 2011

  • Stall-holders sought for Wellington fair
    Wellington's annual gay and lesbian fair, Out in the Square, is now seeking applications from possible stall-holders...

Wed 27 Jan 2010

  • Wellington's Homophones burst into song for 2010
    Wellington gay men's chorus The Homophones is welcoming new members as rehearsals begin again this week for upcoming concert dates...

Tue 27 Jan 2009

  • New 'Post Gay' play for Fringe Festivals
    An all-new work by gay playwright Patrick Graham has been confirmed to premiere at next month's Wellington Fringe Festival in the inaugural Auckland Fringe Festival a fortnight later...

Sun 27 Jan 2008

  • Miss Mole's Flamingo Bar for Christchurch
    Christchurch's drag matriarch Miss Mole says she's excited - and a little nervous - to announce she'll open a new gay-friendly bar in the heart of The Garden City from early next month...

Sat 27 Jan 2007

  • UN confirms Iraqi gay killings
    For the very first time, an official United Nations human rights report released last week has confirmed the "violent campaigns" against Iraqi gays and the "assassinations of homosexuals in Iraq...

Fri 27 Jan 2006

  • NZAF: Rachael
    Rachael LeMesurier It was only a little over a month ago that the board of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation found itself strung up by its short 'n'curlies by members at its AGM...

Thu 27 Jan 2005

  • Together Again
    The glamour and shock value may have been reduced, but the once-ailing Hero Festival has become one of last remaining beacons of gay community solidarity...

Sat 27 Jan 1996

  • The Spectrum website is launched
    (Nelson, New Zealand)
    The website is one of the earliest group websites for gay and bisexual men in New Zealand.
    Links: Spectrum

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