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Thu 1 Oct 2020

  • Cook Islands defers decision on decriminalising gay sex
    As a child, Sonya Apa Temata was surrounded by unconditional love...
    Links: Stuff

Tue 1 Oct 2019

  • Is New Zealand Ready for a Gay All Black?
    At the height of Rugby World Cup Fever, All Black TJ Perenara sits down for an exclusive interview with New Zealand’s leading LGBTQ+ publication for over 28 years, express magazine ...
    Links: Scoop
  • Is New Zealand ready for a gay All Black? TJ Perenara has his say
    ABs halfback certainly hopes so as he discusses how they've embraced diversity...
    Links: Stuff
  • Ruby Rose doesn't shy from Batwoman's sexuality in new TV show
    Playing the caped cousin of the iconic Batman was a double-edged sword for actress Ruby Rose...
    Links: Stuff
  • TJ Perenara speaks to Express on whether New Zealand is ready for a gay All Black
    At the height of Rugby World Cup Fever, All Black TJ Perenara has spoken out about his support for the Rainbow community and answers the age-old question ? are Kiwis ready for a gay All Black?In an exclusive interview with New Zealand's...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Botswana Government Attempting to Overturn Historic Homosexual Decriminalisation Ruling
    Links: Express
  • Our All Black Ally
    Links: Express

Mon 1 Oct 2018

  • Gay pride parade held in Rio de Janeiro
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Thousands of revelers are dancing and singing in Brazil's second-biggest city to celebrate Rio de Janeiro's 23rd Gay Pride Parade...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Michael Kirby
    Early last month - news came through that the India's Supreme Court had ruled that sex between consenting male adults did not constitute a crime...
    Links: RNZ
  • Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 2018
    Kia ora and welcome to our Whiringa-ā-nuku update...
    Links: Lesbian News Aotearoa
  • “Personal. Innovative. Sporty”
    Links: Express
  • Drive
    Links: Express
  • Start Your Engines
    Links: Express

Sun 1 Oct 2017

  • Kiwi documentary explores challenges faced by gay rugby players
    New Zealand's only gay and inclusive rugby team has opened up on some of the prejudice its players face - including an opposition player who refused to shake their hands post-match after finding out about their sexual orientation...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • 2 x double passes to APO’s The Dust Palace’s Midnight
    Links: Express
  • 2 x double passes to NZSO’s Janine Jansen Plays Sibelius
    Links: Express
  • 3 x double passes to BRIEFS: Close Encounters
    Links: Express
  • Having The Chat: Gaylene Hawley-Simmonds
    Links: Express
  • Hottie: Lewis Rowe, Entrepreneur and Socialite
    Links: Express
  • Kathy Griffin and Crazy Stories
    Links: Express
  • October: Ask Agony Uncle Eli
    Links: Express
  • Out With Olly
    Links: Express
  • Personalities: Grayson Coutts
    Links: Express
  • Political Involvement Doesn’t Stop at The Voting Booth
    Links: Express

Thu 1 Oct 2015

  • Body Positive Wellington Closes Its Doors “It’s a Sad Loss, It’s...
    Links: Express
  • UN Secretary General Reaffirms Commitment to Global GLBT Rights
    Links: Express
  • Pope has secret meeting with homophobic clerk
    Pope Francis has met with US homophobic clerk Kim Davis while on tour in the US...

Wed 1 Oct 2014

  • Comedian Carlson’s Big Girly Wedding
    Links: Express
  • Editorial: Welcoming Spring, Lighter Evenings and a new Business Manager
    Links: Express
  • Georgie Goater
    Links: Express
  • Wellington Hosts The Rainbow Sport and Culture Weekend
    Links: Express
  • Wellington to host sport and culture wknd
    Members of Different Strokes Wellington swimming team Wellington will host a Rainbow Sport and Culture Weekend from 23-25 January, which organisers say will be an informal and friendly event...

Tue 1 Oct 2013

  • Nathan Verhelst, a Belgium transsexual, dies through euthanasia
    Verhelst told media "None of these [gender reassignment] operations worked as desired ... I do not want to be a monster."
    Links: Stuff
  • Solicitor General Mike Heron declines a request for a second Coronial Inquiry into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes. (New Zealand)
    Hughes committed suicide in Afghanistan shortly after being questioned about a situation with a subordinate soldier.
    Links: Gay NZ
  • SKY's Wilkinson to MC GABA Dinner and Auction
    Alistair Wilkinson Award-winning gay journalist and SKY News Director and presenter Alistair Wilkinson has been confirmed as the MC for the upcoming GABA Dinner and Charity Auction...

Mon 1 Oct 2012

  • Richard Galloway - Older Gay Men (Auckland)
    Richard Galloway talks about what its like to be an older gay man in 2012.
    Features: Richard Galloway
  • Northland teacher considering legal action
    Nigel Studdart (Close Up) Sacked Whangarei teacher Nigel Studdart is considering taking legal action over his dismissal from Pompallier Catholic College after he supported a gay rights protest...

Sat 1 Oct 2011

  • Weekend perve: sexy players and teams
    Condom-maker Durex has released the results of its "sexiest rugby players survey" and it shows New Zealanders really are a nationalistic bunch...

Fri 1 Oct 2010

  • TV show to feature gay man's battle with depression
    The Nutters Club host Mike King The story of a gay man's battle with depression will feature on Maori Television's The Nutters Club tonight...

Thu 1 Oct 2009

  • OUTLine honours departing manager
    Last night's emotional farewell to OUTLine General Manager Lesley Belcham saw the LGBT phone support service's board, volunteers and supporters thank her for her groundbreaking work strengthening New Zealand's LGBT communities...

Wed 1 Oct 2008

  • Sculpting the perfect posterior
    Bottoms up: Your guide to getting the best butt Those with a less gifted rear end have been enjoying winter's extra clothing layers to cover their catastrophic caboose (from the general public at least)...

Mon 1 Oct 2007

  • The Pink Rider of the Apocalypse?
    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse While reading a recent book on fundamentalist end of the world obsessives, I was amused to discover that one prominent huckster thinks the Antichrist is gay...

Sun 1 Oct 2006

  • History: Sex, Scandal and the Seventeenth Century
    King James VI/I (1567/1603-1625) presided over a tarnished court, and standards of sexual ethics weren't particularly high, no matter what sexual orientation one was, by modern standards...

Sat 1 Oct 2005

  • Church misuses NZAF poster
    An Invercargill church has used part of a New Zealand AIDS Foundation inclusiveness poster in an anti-gay advertisement published in the Southland Times...

Wed 1 Oct 2003

  • Ihimaera calls for Holmes resignation
    Author Witi Ihimaera has lent his name to a petition calling for the resignation of Paul Holmes over the "cheeky darkie" controversy...

Fri 1 Oct 1993

  • Gilbert Smith - New Zealands AIDS Memorial Quilt (Auckland)
    Gilbert Smith talks about the history of the quilt in New Zealand and promotes an upcoming silent auction fundraising event.
    Features: Gilbert Smith
  • Nicki Eddy and co - New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt (1993) (Auckland)
    Nicki, Audrey and Beverly talk about the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt and promote an upcoming silent auction fundraising event
    Features: Beverly Jelicich, Nicki Eddy

Tue 1 Oct 1985

Wed 1 Oct 1980

  • Television news report: a Wellington lesbian group is not able to advertise on Wellington buses (Wellington, New Zealand)
    The Town Clerk said it may encourage vandalism, ref: TZP5006.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

Tue 1 Oct 1929

  • Leonard Hollobon is arrested and charged with indecently assaulting a male (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Norris Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is the other party. Both are charged, with Davey later testifying against Hollobon.
    Links: Papers Past, Te Ara

Thu 1 Oct 1925

  • Peter Stratford (a.k.a. Deresley Morton) marries Elizabeth Rowland (United States of America)
    Links: Papers Past

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