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Tue 28 Jan 2020

  • MAFS groom Raymond Wedlake is a finalist in Mr Gay New Zealand
    The controversial reality TV groom says since leaving the show he's become a point of contact for people who need advice...
    Links: Stuff
  • Tennis great Margaret Court honoured at Australian Open
    Australian tennis great Margaret Court has been honoured at the Australian Open...
    Links: RNZ

Mon 28 Jan 2019

  • 14 reasons to visit Sydney (and beyond) in 2019
    If you think you've been there, done that, read on...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Autistic woman raped at care home 'by night shift worker' diagnosed with HIV
    An autistic woman who was raped at a care home has been diagnosed with HIV...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Chinese HIV experiment prompts call for gene-editing controls
    A controversial Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV-immune children has prompted New Zealand scientists to call for tighter controls around human gene-editing...
    Links: NZ Herald

Sun 28 Jan 2018

  • Activist who helped legalize medical pot in California, dies
    SAN FRANCISCO — Dennis Peron, an activist who was among the first people to argue for the benefits of marijuana for AIDS patients and helped legalize medical pot in California, died Saturday at 72...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Louisa Wall and Tamati Coffey co-host Auckland Pride Gala
    Labour's two high profile gay MPs have opened up about their quest to help New Zealand's rainbow community – including greater support for youngsters coming out and calls for a New Zealand-based gender reassignment surgery team...
    Links: NZ Herald

Thu 28 Jan 2016

  • Ann-Marie Stapp - homosexual law reform (Wellington)
    Ann-Marie Stapp talks about her journey from being a long time member of the Salvation Army and gathering signatures for the anti law-reform petition in 1985 to coming out and being in a lesbian relationship in 1986.
    Features: Ann-Marie Stapp
  • “Unacceptable flatmates are painted as villains”
    An organisation that supports transgender people in exercising their human right to access appropriate housing says it is “unacceptable” that the transgender group who advertised for a new flatmate stating they did not want to live with heterosexuals, have been painted as villains by the Human Rights Commission...

Wed 28 Jan 2015

  • Charlie - Beyond Rainbows (Wellington)
    Charlie talks about identifying as a non-binary guy.
    Features: unidentified voice
  • Nathaniel - Beyond Rainbows (Wellington)
    Nathaniel talks about identifying as a takataapui trans man.
    Features: unidentified voice
  • Youth groups get Govt cash injection
    EquAsian is among the more than 20 recipients A wide range of youth-oriented groups have received funding from the Ministry of Youth Development’s Queer/Trans Grant...

Tue 28 Jan 2014

  • Review: Blue is the Warmest Colour
    Blue is the Warmest Colour Director: Abdellatif Kechiche Starring: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux R18, 187 min Probably going on for longer than it should, stupendously dramatic and full of raucous over the top sex – Blue is the Warmest Colour is in every way the agonising deliciousness of the torrid lesbian romance it portrays so well...

Sat 28 Jan 2012

  • Romance novel with trans heroine hits shelves
    A groundbreaking romance novel featuring a transgender heroine has been published in the US...

Fri 28 Jan 2011

  • UK pair charged with promoting homophobia
    Two UK men have been charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation...

Thu 28 Jan 2010

  • Obama to call for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
    US President Barack Obama will call for the repeal of the long-standing "don't ask, don't tell" policy towards gays serving in the military, says a White House official...

Wed 28 Jan 2009

  • Your guide to Pride '09
    Auckland's Pride '09 Festival starts next week – featuring many returning Hero Festival events and lots of new additions! Here's all the info...

Mon 28 Jan 2008

  • Veronica Mills: Wellington's favourite Fag-Hag 2008
    Vee Mills Veronica (Vee) Mills, 22, recently beat over a dozen other straight ladies to take away the coveted title 'Miss Fag-Hag 2008' at a busy contest night in Wellington's SubNine club...

Sun 28 Jan 2007

  • USA:
    Gay commentary websites are swirling with speculation as to whether a MySpace video for a song titled “The Bible Says” with the chorus “God Hates Fags” was made by an actual fundamental ex-gay preacher, a parody made by a performance artist, or, perhaps, a combination of both...

Sat 28 Jan 2006

  • Review: Glam LA tranny adopts obsessive Kiwi motorcyclist
    Did you know there is a glbt plot line in the current NZ movie hit The World's Fastest Indian? No? Well, I didn't either...

Fri 28 Jan 2005

  • Pill Diary: Weeks 10-12
    Weeks 10-12 of the observations of a HIV positive man going onto a standard 'combination therapy' pill regime to boost the immune system and repress the virus...

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