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Thu 15 Oct 2020

  • Red or Blue: Which Colour Should The Rainbow Community Be Ticking?
    Links: Express

Tue 15 Oct 2019

  • Furry Friday Heads to Staircase for the First Time
    Links: Express
  • Louisa Wall Criticised for Sharing Article on People who De-Transition
    Links: Express
  • South African Church Agrees to Allow Same-Sex Unions … Again
    Links: Express
  • The Love Behind Colette
    Links: Express

Mon 15 Oct 2018

  • Organise Aotearoa condemns NZDF culture of abuse
    A North and South magazine article released today details the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) involvement in war crimes, and reveals a culture of sexual abuse and homophobia...
    Links: Scoop
  • Understanding gay – a public lecture
    Differences between gay and non-gay people is not about sex according to School of Social Work Professor Mark Henrickson, who will propose in a lecture next month that it is more about the ways we understand the world and decide what is true...
    Links: Scoop
  • Aussie PM Backflips on Gay Student Ban, Will Legislate to Stop...
    Links: Express
  • New Referendum to Halt Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan
    Links: Express

Sat 15 Oct 2016

  • NZ in the midst of sperm drought
    With the waiting list for donated sperm in New Zealand hitting two years and a sharp increase in same-sex couples and women exploring this option, a report is advising the Government to allow people to import sperm and eggs from overseas, to bring the nation in line with Australia and England...

Thu 15 Oct 2015

  • Brand New Dance Party to be Held Following 2016 Auckland Pride...
    Links: Express
  • Trial For Teens Accused of Murder Delayed
    Links: Express
  • Westpac NZ Launches #YouBeYou Campaign to Support Its Get Better Project
    Links: Express
  • Trial of murder-accused teens delayed
    The trial for the two teenagers accused of murdering Auckland man Ihaia Gillman-Harris has been delayed until next year...

Wed 15 Oct 2014

  • Dunedin Pride 2014
    Links: Express
  • New Vatican Stance on Gays: Auckland Diocesan’s Reaction
    Links: Express
  • Updated: Hamilton Pride 2014 Guide
    Hamilton’s ever-fun Pride week is less than a month away! We’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know, from the opening party to the closing party - and the doggy day out and everything else in between...

Tue 15 Oct 2013

  • Val Smith's Circle in Box
    Picture by Mark Currie Genderqueer performer Val Smith is bringing Circle in Box to Tempo Dance Festival...

Mon 15 Oct 2012

  • Grant Robertson - Rainbow Politicians
    Grant Robertson from the Labour Party talks about being a Member of Parliament
    Features: Grant Robertson
  • Interest in Pride participation “huge” Chair says
    One of the Chairs of the Auckland Pride Festival Trust has made it clear he believes the February event is on track to be an “amazing success”...

Sat 15 Oct 2011

  • Election platform: Candidates address glbti issues
    This is a subject by subject run down of the views expressed by nine political candidates who spoke at the GABA Forum on Thursday evening, as part of the lead-up to the General Election...

Fri 15 Oct 2010

  • Mary OHagan (Wellington)
    Mary OHagan talks about growing up and mental health issues
    Features: Mary O'Hagan
  • Warning against bleach solution HIV "cure"
    Government drug agency Medsafe and New Zealand's largest HIV positive people's peer support organisation are warning people to avoid a product being sold as a miracle cure for HIV...

Thu 15 Oct 2009

  • Church gets attention with gay-friendly billboard
    "A Dutch man who was in Auckland for just one night told me he saw our sign...

Wed 15 Oct 2008

  • Wellington's Club Ivy opens this weekend
    After months of anticipation, Wellington's new LGBT nightclub, Club Ivy, is finally set to open this weekend...

Mon 15 Oct 2007

  • Drag s Sister
    The owner of Auckland's newest LGBT venue on Ponsonby Road says Dorothy's Sister is all set for summer, with a newly-renovated back patio section and regular events organised...

Sun 15 Oct 2006

  • America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
    Review: Dan Pinello: America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage (2006) Same-sex marriage has quietened down as an issue in New Zealand after the passage of the Civil Union and Relationships Acts back in 2004...

Sat 15 Oct 2005

  • Daniel Fielding dies (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Fielding helped establish the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt project in December 1988.
    Links:, Tributes Online
  • NZ Doctor takes religious tand
    A Catholic GP has written to his patients saying he will no longer prescribe contraception to his patients as it is against his religion...

Fri 15 Oct 2004

  • Stacking the student deck: They've got the numbers
    An on-going investigation by GayNZ...

Wed 15 Oct 2003

  • UNITEC homophobia investigated
    The President of Auckland-based tertiary institute UNITEC, Dr John Webster, has been "distressed" to learn that homophobic incidents reported by a student to Express newspaper are not unique...

Tue 15 Oct 2002

  • Staff changes at top of Auckland HIV unit
    Staff changes in New Zealand's biggest hospital unit dealing with HIV infection will see its Director step down and his deputy take a year's sabbatical...

Fri 15 Oct 1976

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