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Sat 23 Mar 2019

  • 'In complete shock': Australian man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug
    Sydney man tested positive despite diligently using PrEP "on demand" in line with the advice of doctors...
    Links: Stuff
  • Tonight Family Bar Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims
    Links: Express

Fri 23 Mar 2018

  • Sexual harassment in the workplace needs a tick
    As momentum from the global #MeToo movement reaches New Zealand shores – signalled by recent allegations of a culture of sexual harassment in the legal sector – it may be time for this country to introduce the gender equality equivalent of the gay ...
    Links: Scoop

Thu 23 Mar 2017

  • Germany Compensates Gay Men
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Pride Throws Very First Youth Ball
    Links: Express
  • All German gay convictions may be quashed
    The German government has introduced a draft law which could see all men sentenced under historic anti-gay laws pardoned and financially compensated...

Wed 23 Mar 2016

  • God is a Maniac, and Stephen Fry Might Get an Award...
    Links: Express
  • NZ Researcher Weighs in on UK PrEP Row
    Links: Express
  • “We don’t know the full basis behind NHS’s decision"
    A New Zealand men’s sexual health researcher has responded to the decision made by NHS England to not yet fund PrEP in the UK and says PrEP is one of the five critical actions for reversing the HIV epidemic here...

Mon 23 Mar 2015

  • Christchurch Pride 2015
    Links: Express
  • David Pocock Calls Out Homophobic Slurs Used in Super Rugby
    Links: Express
  • Lick Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Opening Night – Ponsonby Road Lounge Bar
    Links: Express
  • Sassy Saturday – Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Brands GLBT Activists ‘Filth’ and ‘Scum’
    Links: Express
  • Police probe anti-gay tweet at rugby ref
    Welsh police are investigating a homophobic tweet sent to referee Nigel Owens after a Six Nations match...

Sun 23 Mar 2014

  • Review: Angels In America, Act I - Millenium Approaches
    A Silo Theatre production at Q Theatre, Auckland 22 March 2014 Holy frikken powerful play Batman! Blood, hope, angels, racial slurs, lesions, Mormons, sodomy, republicans and Rabbis – all on stage...

Sat 23 Mar 2013

  • “Love kids for who they are” - note-writing dad
    A father whose note to his gay son touched people across the globe says it’s sad that the main reason it went viral is that such love and acceptance is all too rare...

Fri 23 Mar 2012

  • Stephen (b) - Q12
  • Wide-ranging Sydney trust set up in Carmen's name
    Carmen Rupe A Sydney-based trust aiming for social change and objectives possibly as wide ranging as disaster relief in the South Pacific has been set up in the name of the late Carmen Rupe...

Wed 23 Mar 2011

  • Douglas Wright (2011)
    Douglas Wright talks to Bryan Crump about his life
    Features: Douglas Wright
  • Mates and Lovers hits Dunedin
    Ronald T Nelson The theatre show which tells New Zealand's gay history, Mates and Lovers, has made its first foray outside the main gay centres of Auckland and Wellington, opening its Dunedin season on the Fortune Theatre Mainstage as part of Fringe Dunedin...

Tue 23 Mar 2010

  • Community development officer joins OUTLine
    Phone counselling service OUTLine has a new community development officer...

Mon 23 Mar 2009

  • Wigs on the Waterfront caught on camera
    For those of you who didn't Drag yourself down to Auckland's Viaduct Harbour for Sunday's Wigs on the Waterfront, here's our video highlights...

Sun 23 Mar 2008

  • Nigeria: Gay leader almost died in attack
    A gay leader of the Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) group says he feared for his life after a mob attack outside a funeral ceremony in Port Harcourt on Thursday...

Fri 23 Mar 2007

  • ChCh: Safe sex message gets mobile
    The New Zealand AIDS Foundation's Gay Men's Health team will promote an interactive safe sex texting service for gay and bisexual men, believed to be the first of its kind in Australasia, at a special event at Christchurch's CRUZ nightclub on Saturday 7th April...

Thu 23 Mar 2006

  • Poisonous spiders at gay summer beach
    The discovery of a population of poisonous spiders at a Northland beach seems unlikely to deter gay holiday makers from spending their summer holidays there...

Wed 23 Mar 2005

  • Alleged child molester's name suppressed
    A prominent New Zealander has appeared in the Christchurch court today facing charges of alleged indecent assault of a girl...

Sat 23 Mar 2002

  • The HERO Pride March takes place
    (Auckland, New Zealand)
    The smaller march follows the demise of the HERO Parade in 2001.
    Links: NZ Herald,

Sat 23 Mar 1907

  • The NZ Truth reports that Oscar Wilde's play Salome is prohibited in New York
    (New York, United States of America)
    Links: Papers Past

Mon 23 Mar 1903

  • Writer Norris Frank Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is born
    (Hamilton, New Zealand)
    Links: Te Ara,

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