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Mon 23 Jul 2018

  • UniQ Victoria pride week takes place
    (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • 'Shut up and retire': Barry Humphries slammed for transphobic comments
    Barry Humphries is facing heavy criticism after making hostile comments about the transgender community...
    Links: Stuff
  • Crossing the divide: Do men really have it easier? These transgender guys found the truth was more complex.
    In the 1990s, the late Stanford neuroscientist Ben Barres transitioned from female to male...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Netanyahu's U-turn on right to surrogacy draws mass LGBT protests
     Waving rainbow flags and demanding equal rights, members of Israel's LGBT community and their supporters rallied across the country, protesting the government's refusal to amend a law that would have allowed gay couples to father children via surrogacy...
    Links: Stuff
  • Sex act between robbers part of hate crime heist of gay man
    A woman who took part in a bizarre robbery involving the robbers performing a sex act as a lesson to the gay victim has lost an appeal against her sentence...
    Links: Stuff
  • Supergirl welcomes transgender superhero played by trans activist
    Supergirl is welcoming the first transgender superhero to TV, the show announced at pop culture extravaganza Comic-Con...
    Links: Stuff
  • Robbie Manson Qualifies For World Rowing Championships
    Links: Express

Sun 23 Jul 2017

  • Auckland Pastor Logan Robertson calls for gay people to be shot
    (Auckland, New Zealand)
    During a sermon at the Westcity Bible Bapist Church, Past Robertson states he isn't against homosexuals getting married "as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss...that's what should happen". Excerpts of the video sermon are then uploaded to Youtube.
    Links: NZ Herald, PrideNZ

Sat 23 Jul 2016

  • Exploring Trans Activism and Representation in Media - Auckland Zinefest
    (Auckland Libraries)
    Audio from the panel discussion: Exploring Trans Activism and Representation in Media
    Features: Aram Wu, Cole Meyers, Emmy Rakete, Sam Orchard, Sophie Labelle
  • Trump scores a first by mentioning glbti people
    Bombastic and controversial American businessman turned politician Donald Trump has become the first ever Republican presidency candidate to mention glbti people in a convention speech...

Thu 23 Jul 2015

  • GLBT Anti discrimination Bill Set to be Introduced to US Congress
    Links: Express
  • X is for ... Non-Existent?
    Why has the New Zealand 'exgay' movement quietly curled up and died? Why did it fail in the first place? It's certainly true that the global 'exgay' movement is experiencing a morale and membership crisis across most of the western world, with serious retrenchment in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom...

Wed 23 Jul 2014

  • Book Review: Words Don’t Come Easy
    Links: Express
  • Cirque Du Strength
    Links: Express
  • Preview: The Prodigal Son’s Story
    Links: Express
  • Two-Way/Wrong Way?
    I wish I didn't have to write this particular article, but the current policy stance of the Internet Mana Coalition leaves me no option...

Tue 23 Jul 2013

  • What if the Prince is gay?
    Kate and William have welcomed a baby boy As the global media fixates on the birth of the new Prince, we couldn’t help but wonder, what if he is gay? Are there precedents? Would he be accepted? And what if he wanted to marry a man one day? We explore the idea with Monarchy New Zealand’s Chair Sean Palmer...

Mon 23 Jul 2012

  • QWU: from the inside
    Rumbles as Miss Berlin “Lotte Schlongenschlurpen” From sponsor to performer, Andrew Rumbles describes his journey to becoming Miss Berlin “Lotte Schlongenschlurpen” for the final Queen of the Whole Universe show...

Sat 23 Jul 2011

  • The snow must go on!
    A pile of 'unofficial' Gay Ski Week events have been set up at lightning speed by a group of hardy locals, after Livewire Group entered voluntary liquidation...

Fri 23 Jul 2010

  • Study raises 'misplaced sensationalism' fears
    Kevin Hague Gay Green MP Kevin Hague is concerned about the sensationalism aspect of a study which associates being gay with childhood abuse...

Thu 23 Jul 2009

  • UK: Lesbian turned away from men-only bar
    A lesbian in the British seaside town of Torquay is furious at being turned away from a men-only gay bar...

Wed 23 Jul 2008

  • Was Waipouri a victim of cannibalism?
    The vicious slaying of gay Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri has led to two convictions, but his former partner and close friend is still asking if Waipouri was also the victim of cannibalism...

Mon 23 Jul 2007

  • USA: Televangelist Tammy Faye dies
    Tammy Faye Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire and then watched it collapse in disgrace, has died aged 65...

Sun 23 Jul 2006

  • Not angels, but Episcopalians
    The Episcopalian Church of the United States has emerged as one of the frontrunners when it comes to ordaining lesbians and gay men...

Sat 23 Jul 2005

  • NZAF: Past chair "shocked and saddened"

Fri 23 Jul 2004

  • Het HIV orgy has relevance for gay community
    News reports of a heterosexual orgy in a spa pool involving an HIV+ man and his subsequent prosecution has relevance for the gay community, says the NZ AIDS Foundation...

Wed 23 Jul 2003

  • Dunedin workshop raises awareness for gay youth
    Out There, a joint Rainbow Youth and New Zealand AIDS Foundation project, is aiming to raise awareness of gay youth among health professionals and social workers in the community...

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