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Sun 18 Oct 2020

  • NZ labelled 'gayest Parliament in the world'
    As well a huge new intake of Pasifika, New Zealand is being touted as the Parliament with the largest proportion of LGBT - or Takatapui - MPs in the world, making up 10 percent of the 120 members...
    Links: RNZ
  • World record: New Zealand overtakes the UK's title for the gayest Parliament
    New Zealand now holds the title of the gayest Parliament in the world...
    Links: NZ Herald

Fri 18 Oct 2019

  • Auckland University ‘Womxnspace’ Vandalised After Reaffirming Trans Inclusion Policy
    Links: Express
  • Aziz Al-Sa’afin Chats to express About Life Following a Homophobic Attack
    Links: Express
  • Little Miss Cinnamon Chats to Cantabrian Diva: Joanne Neilson
    Links: Express

Thu 18 Oct 2018

  • Gender confirmation surgeries cap lifted
    Gender-affirming surgeries for transgender people are set to become exponentially more accessible, now that a cap on the number of funded operations has been lifted...
    Links: Stuff
  • 21 Years of Urge
    Links: Express
  • Kiki Kisses is a Miss Pinup NZ finalist at The Very...
    Links: Express

Wed 18 Oct 2017

  • 'Man tortured 8yo boy to death because he thought he was gay'
    A man accused of conspiring with his girlfriend to savagely torture and murder her 8-year-old son wanted the boy dead because he thought he was gay, a prosecutor has said...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Let’s Talk About HIV Awareness in Aotearoa
    Bringing together some of the city’s most impressive minds, the Puāwai Festival returns to Auckland from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December to champion honest and authentic representation of HIV in Aotearoa...
    Links: Scoop

Tue 18 Oct 2016

  • Review: Priscilla Pumps at the Civic
    Links: Express
  • The Ladies Get Their Quiz On
    Links: Express
  • Zakk d’Larté Appointed New Designer of Express
    Links: Express
  • Changing tactics for changing times
    In one of the biggest HIV prevention changes in almost a decade the NZAF is about to move away from its Love Your Condom campaign to a core message embracing condom alternatives it has in the past been reticent to publicly countenance...

Sun 18 Oct 2015

  • Shelley Te Waiariki Howard - homosexual law reform (Lower Hutt)
    Shelley Te Waiariki Howard talks about being in the military during homosexual law reform, the need to repress and then express her femininity, and the power of a hug.
    Features: Shelley Te Waiariki Howard
  • Family Heats Up
    Links: Express
  • Comment: The Transgender Prisoners Debate, Part III
    I cannot blame No Pride in Prisons for expressing their anger and frustration at the mismanagement of Corrections policy when it comes to transgender prisoners...

Sat 18 Oct 2014

  • Ask Lisa: I Have Finally Admitted to Myself I’m Lesbian’
    Links: Express
  • Foodie Bites: Degustation Donation
    Links: Express
  • World AIDS Day Street Collection – Volunteers needed
    Links: Express
  • Updated: NZer and wife safe in Nepal
    Lisa Walton and Lizi Hamer UPDATE: Former New Zealand hockey representative Lisa Walton and her British wife Lizi Hamer have been in touch with family and friends to let them know they are safe and sound...

Fri 18 Oct 2013

  • Weaver: gorillas more evolved than homophobes
    Actress Sigourney Weaver has slammed Russia’s anti-gay laws, and stated that gorillas are more evolved than humans because they are not homophobic...

Thu 18 Oct 2012

  • Maggie Barry’s trans attack labelled “jaw dropping”
    Maggie Barry in Parliament Gardening broadcaster-turned-National MP Maggie Barry has attacked lesbian Green MP Jan Logie’s advocacy of transgender rights in a debate in Parliament, describing such issues as “fringe”...

Tue 18 Oct 2011

  • Separate, but equal
    When I first saw The Help in previews last month, I found it to be one of the most emotionally stirring movies I’ve ever seen...

Mon 18 Oct 2010

  • The two sides of 'Mama' Tere
    'Mama' Tere Strickland News that the New Zealand AIDS Foundation Trust Board had decided to award Mama Tere Strickland life membership sparked uproar when it was revealed on GayNZ...

Sun 18 Oct 2009

  • Review: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
    I Now Pronounce You Chuck and then (b) after watching this film, decide gays aren't that bad after all? Even in America, I suspect not...

Sat 18 Oct 2008

  • Mr. Gay UK cannibal killer found guilty
    Former Mr Gay UK Anthony Morley has been found guilty of murder, after stabbing a man to death, cutting off a bit of his thigh, and eating it...

Thu 18 Oct 2007

  • UK man who came out at 91 publishes novel
    A former Oxford academic has become one of the oldest first time authors ever with a dashing gay romance called The Heart Entrapped...

Wed 18 Oct 2006

  • Neville Creighton – a call minder retires
    Neville Creighton After over a decade fronting the organisation, Gayline/Lesbianline's Neville Creighton has announced his retirement, and says he's now looking forward to a good rest! “It was hard to think of stopping,” Neville tells GayNZ...

Tue 18 Oct 2005

  • NZ's gay men don't read?
    Can the lack of new, locally-produced gay-themed books be blamed on the fact that gay men don't read? This is what writer David Herkt says he has been told by publishers in New Zealand, and it's a myth he wants to dispel...

Mon 18 Oct 2004

Thu 18 Oct 2001

  • Banks for Mayor: How did this tragedy happen?
    Lindsey Rea, a City Vision candidate for the Eden/Albert ward in last weekend's local body elections, looks at how Auckland gays and lesbians ended up with the man who may be their Mayor From Hell...

Tue 18 Oct 1983

  • Television news report: report on sex education, part II (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP110509.
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Television: Minister of Education on sex education (New Zealand)
    ref: TZP127869. Minister of Education Merv Wellington replies to letter from Auckland Anglican church who advocated for sex education in schools
    Links: Nga Taonga Sound and Vision

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