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Fri 24 Jul 2020

  • Coronavirus: Third of disabled or LGBT youth felt 'unsafe in their bubbles'
    LGBTQI+, Māori, Pacific, and disabled youth fared worse during lockdown than other young people, study finds...
    Links: Stuff
  • Playing rugby with pride - Eammon Ashton-Atkinson
    In 1995, while sitting in a London pub, a bunch of men formed the first gay inclusive rugby club, the King's Cross Steelers...
    Links: RNZ
  • All Blacks Promote Gay Rugby Documentary While Shutting Down Homophobic Troll
    Links: Express

Wed 24 Jul 2019

  • A horror movie-themed website told readers to 'hunt' gay people. Then an activist was stabbed to death.
    The frightening Russian website promoted it as a "game" - identify gay people, upload their photos and information to a database and then proceed to hunt them down and torture them, like the gruesome "Saw" movies that inspired the...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Drunk patron pulls down pride flag, abuses performers at gay event in Dunedin
    A drunk man pulled down a pride flag and others hurled abuse at performers during a queer event at a Dunedin student bar on Saturday night...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Overseas Correspondent - Canada
    Peggy Revell joins us once again from Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada with the latest news and views including gay conversion "therapy" and Canada's latest success in the NBA...
    Links: RNZ
  • Russian website told readers to 'hunt' gay people, then an activist was stabbed to death
    Activist killed after appearing on website database that prompted users to identify and torture gay people...
    Links: Stuff
  • Wanaka's White House bar owner refuses to serve couple cocktails, says go to 'gay bar'
    The owner of a bar in Wanaka has been criticised after refusing to serve cocktails to a couple, instead directing them to a "gay bar" if they wanted to enjoyed a mixed drink...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Best In Class: Luxury Vehicles of 2019
    Links: Express
  • Britain’s New PM Boris Johnson’s Homophobic History
    Links: Express
  • Russia Fined For Discrimination On The Grounds Of Sexual Orientation
    Links: Express

Tue 24 Jul 2018

  • Ending AIDS, the Dutch way
    Ending AIDS, the Dutch way Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) • Photograph of Alphonsus Stoelinga, Netherlands Ambassador to India: http://bit...
    Links: Scoop
  • Aussie woman accused of axe attacks denies anger
    A Sydney woman who attacked three people with an axe has denied she was very angry after perceiving she had been rejected because she was transgender...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Hate crime victim claims police failed to solve case because he's gay - police disagree
    The victim of a hate crime who was forced to watch a sex act at gun point claims police have failed to make more arrests in his case because he is gay...
    Links: Stuff

Mon 24 Jul 2017

  • Hopes for HIV cure revived by South African child in remission for years
     A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment followed by eight and a half years drug-free...
    Links: Stuff
  • Investing in Apartments?
    Links: Express
  • James Laverty Violently Assaulted on K’ Rd
    Links: Express
  • Nigel Owens Encourages Men to Speak About Disordered Eating
    Links: Express
  • NZSO Performs Berlioz
    Links: Express
  • Our Gay Man Who Could be the Next Minister of Finance
    Links: Express

Sun 24 Jul 2016

Fri 24 Jul 2015

  • Trailer: Ellen Page and Julianne Moore in Freeheld
    Starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, Freeheld tells the true story of New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester and her partner, Stacie Andree, and their battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer...

Thu 24 Jul 2014

  • DNA Gay Ski Week QT to Host Queenstown’s Biggest Ever Dance...
    Links: Express
  • Expressions of Interest Open for Mardi Gras Working Groups
    Links: Express
  • Nikki Lee Carlson
    Links: Express
  • Turia bows out, shares respect for Beyer
    Tariana Turia's views on lgbti rights changed later in her career Tariana Turia has paid a brief tribute to friend and former Labour colleague Georgina Beyer in her valedictory speech...

Wed 24 Jul 2013

  • Seeking your vote: Jess and Rachel
    Bay of Islands couple Jess and Rachel are among the final four couples in The Edge’s Same Sex Wedding competition...

Tue 24 Jul 2012

  • Twenty openly-gay athletes line up for London
    Aussie Matthew Mitcham will be one of just 13 out athletes in London Updated: There will be 20 openly gay or lesbian athletes at the upcoming London Olympics, just three of whom are men...

Sun 24 Jul 2011

  • Winehouse "a seminal artist" - Elton John
    Amy Winehouse has died aged just 27 Elton John is among the many shattered admirers around the world who are paying tribute to troubled songstress Amy Winehouse, who has been found dead in her north London home at the age of just 27...

Sat 24 Jul 2010

  • Trauma link to sexuality "inappropriate"
    Dr Mark Henrickson The lead researcher in a comprehensive gay, lesbian and bisexual study says it would be inappropriate to link childhood trauma with a tendency to same-sex sexual identity based on a just-published study...

Fri 24 Jul 2009

  • UK churches perform 'gay exorcisms'
    The UK's best known gay equality campaigner is sure that some British churches are performing 'gay exorcisms' and wants a police investigation...

Thu 24 Jul 2008

  • Rainbow Youth announces Alternative Ball
    Auckland-based LGBT youth advocacy group Rainbow Youth is planning a ball where "it doesn't matter who your date is - or who wears the dress!" "So if your school won't let you have a same sex partner – who cares! Or if you are no longer at school – aged up to 20 - and want that Ball experience than The Alternative Ball is just for you," say the team of Rainbow Youthers behind the recent Prism youth dance parties...

Tue 24 Jul 2007

  • UK: Homeless gay men give sex for beds
    Young homeless gay men in the UK are selling themselves for sex on the internet to get a bed for the night because of perceived homophobia in hostel accommodation...

Mon 24 Jul 2006

  • Philip Patston on... John Tamihere’s fascination with gay sex
    Philip Patston TO: John Tamihere @ Radio Live FROM: Philip Patston DATE: 18 July 2006 SUBJECT: Your fascination Dear John I was reading a transcript of a conversation you had with talkback callers on homosexuality recently...

Sun 24 Jul 2005

  • NZAF BOARD: A 'chasm' between the Board and its stakeholders

Sat 24 Jul 2004

  • Kids encouraged to submit against CU bill
    The Maxim Institute have moved into overdrive to get submissions into Parliament against the Civil Union and Relationship bills, sending out sample letters through their mailing list and an anti-civil union video which has been sent to all churches...

Thu 24 Jul 2003

Mon 24 Jul 1995

  • The third annual Waikato University Gay Pride Week takes place (Waikato region, New Zealand)
    The week is organised by the Waikato Student Union and Queers on Campus.

Thu 24 Jul 1986

  • Newspaper report: Pia Coletta Rudowski from New Zealand wins third place in the Queen of the Orient contest (San Francisco, New Zealand)
    Links: Bay Area Reporter

Wed 24 Jul 1985

  • Television news report: the first locally contracted case of AIDS (disputed) (New Zealand)
    6.30 news Top Half, ref F85012.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, University of Auckland
  • The media reports New Zealand's first locally-contracted case of AIDS (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The Health Department says the man from Wellington hadn't been overseas - but this is disputed by a Gay Task force spokesperson.

Sun 24 Jul 1977

Sat 24 Jul 1976

  • Nine members of Gay Liberation Wellington picket the National Party conference (Rotorua, New Zealand)
    MP Venn Young tells one of the protesters, Alan Seymour, "You people are doing more harm than good to your cause. Why don't you just go away?" Seymour would later write an impassioned letter in Saliant magazine about the exchange: "No Mr Young we will not just go away, back into our closets to lead an oppressed existence. We refuse to put up with the humiliation of the pallid tokens of liberal tolerance any longer..."
    Links: Saliant

Wed 24 Jul 1974

  • National MP Venn Young introduces the Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 (New Zealand)
    The Bill is the first parliamentary attempt at homosexual law reform in New Zealand. The age of consent is set at 21.
    Links: Hansard, NZ Legal Information Institute
  • Television news report: the Crimes Amendment Bill 1974 has been introduced to Parliament (New Zealand)
    The Bill seeks to legalise homosexual acts between consenting adults in private. The age-of-consent is set at 21. NZBC news, ref TZP86611. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Thu 24 Jul 1845

  • Mary Taylor arrives in New Zealand (New Zealand)
    Taylor is a life-long friend and some say lover of writer Charlotte Bronte. She returns to England in 1860.
    Links: Te Ara,

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