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On This Day: 15th January

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Fri 15 Jan 2021

  • The importance of pen pals for prisoners
    Right now over 300 New Zealanders are writing to pen pals in prison...
    Links: RNZ

Wed 15 Jan 2020

  • After protesting drag queen library event Gay conservative dies, suspected suicide
    Wilson Gavin stood at the front of the crowd, leading a chant "Drag queens are not for kids...
    Links: Stuff
  • Grindr shares location, sexual orientation data, study shows
    A consumer group says the gay, bi and trans dating app is sharing information with thousands of advertising partners...
    Links: Stuff
  • Poet Oscar Upperton to release debut book
    Poet Oscar Upperton has published work for The Spinoff, Metro and Best New Zealand Poems - and now he is about to release his debut book New Transgender Blockbusters, which is being published by Victoria University Press...
    Links: RNZ

Tue 15 Jan 2019

  • 2 x Tickets to ATC’s The Daylight Atheist and Joan
    Links: Express
  • 2 x tickets to Auckland Arts Festival’s Blanc de Blanc
    Links: Express
  • 2 x VIP Tickets to RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World...
    Links: Express

Mon 15 Jan 2018

  • Chelsea Manning posts campaign video for US Senate run
    Chelsea Manning confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for US Senate returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison...
    Links: Stuff
  • Criticism of Margaret Court is muted at Australian Open
    MELBOURNE, Australia — Marriage equality proponents draped themselves in rainbow flags at Margaret Court Arena on the first day of the Australian Open to protest tennis great Margaret Court's controversial views on gay marriage...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Chelsea Manning is running for the US Senate
    Links: Express
  • Review: The Wound
    Links: Express
  • Sam Smith is returning to New Zealand
    Links: Express

Sun 15 Jan 2017

  • Death by Incremental Faction Fights?
    Over in Australia, conservative Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi is disgruntled at the current Turnbull administration and is reportedly intent on forming yet another right-wing Australian 'conservative' party...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Late Autumn, Zimbabwe
    Is long-term Zimbabwean tyrant and toxic homophobe Robert Mugabe, 92, about to die? If so, what happens to the country that he has misgoverned for the last thirty years? By all accounts, we may shortly encounter the apotheosis of one of the longest lived homophobes on the African continent...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 15 Jan 2016

  • Falcons call for new coach
    Links: Express
  • AKL Pride Fest seeks new board member
    Auckland Pride Festival Inc is seeking applications for new board members...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • All A-Cluster?
    Why is Family First's Bob McCoskrie citing a discredited Canadian source as if it were a credible professional authority on transgender children's safety, despite a recent review that led to the closure of that source's Toronto-based gender identity clinic?   I first noticed that this was the case when McCoskrie posted a transcribed excerpt, "Transgender Fad- Clusters Emerging as Children Copy Friends (UK)" on January 4, 2016...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Applications for new NZ Falcons coach now open
    The New Zealand Falcons are looking for an experienced coach to be involved this season, to work to build upon the considerable platform that has been built in the last three years...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gigs to liven up your summer
    This week many of you will have said goodbye to those lazy weekdays by the beach as you no doubt took a deep breath and started back at work...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Mormon leader says new policy revelation from god
    The Mormon Church’s new anti-gay policy was a revelation from god according to a high-ranking Mormon leader...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 15 Jan 2015

  • Body Positive Receives Funding Increase
    Links: Express
  • Ground Breaking Gay TV
    Links: Express
  • Twitter Suspends Westboro Baptist Church’s Account
    Links: Express
  • Blasphemy, Censorship and LGBT Rights
    For obvious reasons, much of mid-January's media coverage focused on the brutal Islamist terrorist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay Atlanta dads ad is all kinds of adorable
    The image which went viral We love these Atlanta dads, and apparently so does Nikon – it’s featured them in a new ad, continuing a trend of advertisers getting on the equality wagon...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Govt. increases Body Positive funding
    Mark Fisher Body Positive, the nation's largest HIV-positive peer support organisation which caters mostly to gay and bi men, has received an increase in the amount of funding it receives from the government...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Guard's anti-gay, racist rant 'unacceptable'
    Auckland Transport says it’s disappointed in a security guard’s “totally unacceptable” homophobic and racist rant at Sylvia Park Train Station yesterday, and is contacting the security firm he works for to make its concerns clear...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US: Outrage as church halts funeral
    Family of a Colorado woman are furious after a church cancelled her funeral service 15 minutes before it was to start, because the church wouldn't show a tribute video where she was seen proposing to and kissing her wife...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Wed 15 Jan 2014

  • Nigeria: Gay men hunted down and tortured
    There are reports dozens of gay men are being arrested and tortured into naming others, in witch-hunts by police armed with Nigeria’s new “jail the gays” law...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rainbow Youth to school adults on diversity
    Kestin Stewart and Duncan Matthews from Rainbow Youth (pic: Rainbow Youth) Rainbow Youth is expanding its sexuality and gender diversity education workshops from classrooms, to the wider community...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Richard and Shane's wedding
    Pride Parade director Richard Taki has nicked some time from his busy schedule and married the love of his life Shane Scally...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 Jan 2013

  • Community meeting to discuss K'Road violence
    Karangahape Road Following the latest attack on a gay man near Auckland's Karangahape Road an open community meeting is being organised to discuss the problem and identify solutions...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • On trans prisoners
    The issue of being a transgender person in New Zealand continues to be denied as valid or of little importance by many government ministers...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Young gay man injured in another K Rd attack
    Karangahape Road Another unprovoked attack in Auckland's Karangahape Road area has seen a young gay man hospitalised after being knocked to the ground and kicked in the head by two assailants...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 15 Jan 2011

  • Top cop fired after Palm Springs entrapment
    Palm Springs, California Palm Springs police chief has been kicked out of the job after organising repeated entrapment operations against gay men in what is often termed the USA's gayest city...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Fri 15 Jan 2010

  • Rufus Wainwright cancels Australasian tour
    Gay Canadian singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright's planned New Zealand and Australian concerts next month have been cancelled due to an illness in his family...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Wellington's lesbian library opens in new home
    The capital's long-running library resource for lesbians will open in a new location this weekend...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Thu 15 Jan 2009

  • "Prince Harry is not homophobic"
    Respected British LGBT equality activist Peter Tatchell has spoken out to defend Prince Harry against claims he might be homophobic after reports of a video surfacing in which he teases his army squad about being "queer on the side"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AUS: Bisexual firefighter "bullied" on job
    A bisexual former firefighter in the Aussie state of Victoria claims he was repeatedly bullied during his employment and says his life has been "destroyed" by the harassment...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Congrats to all our sexy winners!
    Thanks for all your entries into our Safe Sex Summer prize draw over Christmas and New Years! We can now reveal the winners, and what your prizes look like...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Gay comic builds Creative Diversity event
    Gay and disabled comedian Philip Patston is about to launch the most ambitious project of his life - Momentum'09, an International Creative Diversity Symposium happening next month at Auckland's Sky City Convention Centre...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • True to life Transamerica?
    TranSister Radio's Joanne Clark Transamerica plays on TV2 this Monday, but is it an accurate depiction of a trans journey? Chch transgender broadcaster Joanne Clarke takes a look...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Tue 15 Jan 2008

  • "We're climbing our own mountains now"
    Sir Edmund Hillary In the days following Sir Edmund Hillary's death, Takataapui TV director Deb Faith finds deep and strong emotions surfacing...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • AKL: Police crackdown on male toilet sex
    Auckland police have become concerned about male sexual activity in public toilets around the city, and say they're taking action...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Brown accused faces 3 charges, no bail yet
    11...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Fast HIV testing centres now open for 2008
    The NZ AIDS Foundation's Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton HIV testing centres have all now re-opened after their summer holiday break...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Rufus Wainwright will play solo AKL concert
    Openly gay Canadian singing/songwriting star Rufus Wainwright will play his first New Zealand concert in February - performing alone and unscripted...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • The Tragedy of Mike Moore
    Mike Moore Sadly, former Labour leader Mike Moore is an anachronism, and he doesn't realise that he had to be overthrown fifteen years ago as Leader of the Opposition...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Unlikely US anti-discrimination pioneer dies
    The conservative governor who signed in the USA's first legislation outlawing anti-gay discrimination, in 1982, has died aged 81...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • US study: Gay relationships are healthier
    A series of research studies by a San Francisco-based LGBT institute has revealed that those in same-sex relationships have an increased likelihood of better family and marital relations then those in a heterosexual relationship...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Mon 15 Jan 2007

  • All-gay punk rock band hits NZ this week!
    "I saw you from across the pit, your eyes locked into mine, and we nodded cuz we both wanted it" – a Limp Wrist lyric Limp Wrist are pissed-off and proud punkrock homos, and they're in New Zealand this week for a few ear-splitting shows...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Bishop's tears:
    One of New Zealand's most powerful Anglicans has criticised the Anglican Church's rejection of same-sex marriages, saying it "is not an expression of Christian love"...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Checking up on your sexual health
    Christopher Cooke When a car is ten years old you realise that to keep it running, you have to do a bit more maintenance...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Comment: Bruce Logan - Who Needs Him?
    Remember Bruce Logan, disgraced former Director of the Maxim Institute? Courtesy of ex-ACT List MP and social conservative Muriel Newman, he's ba-aack...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Comment: Yeah But No But Nat But
    In the absence of curiously quiet godbots, I have no choice but to review the content of the tragic tabloid gutter glossy...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Survey: Gay internet daters
    1 in 5 of all men seeking men for sex on the Internet have not had an HIV test since their last episode of unprotected casual sex...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Vinegar Hill gathering the biggest ever
    This year's Vinegar Hill LGBT campsite was easily the busiest ever, says a regular attendee...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 15 Jan 2005

  • Fundraiser for homeless gay youth
    A collection to be held at Flesh's Mission Bay beach party in Auckland this Sunday will go towards homeless gay youth, which welfare agencies say is still a problem in the city...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Relationships: Mutual trust and individual fulfilment
    From Freyberg by Bill Edginton National Pacific Press Hard on the heels of the civil unions debate Wellington author Bill Edginton discusses the exploration of relationships, drawing on the context of his just-published novel, From Freyberg...
    Links: GayNZ.com
  • Tamaki honours gay-loving civil rights hero
    Anti-gay rights pastor Brian Tamaki has been invited to take part in an American fundie Christian broadcast to commemorate civil rights legend Dr Martin Luther King...
    Links: GayNZ.com

Sat 15 Jan 2000

  • Snapshot 2000 - Jonathan (London)
    Jonathan talks about coming out and first sexual experience.
    Links: PrideNZ.com

Wed 15 Jan 1997

Tue 15 Jan 1952

  • Maata Mahupuku dies (Palmerston North, New Zealand)
    Mahupuku is buried in the private burial ground of the Mahupuku family at Kehemane beyond Martinborough.
    Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com

Mon 15 Jan 1945

  • Poet Ursula Bethell dies (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Bethell dies in Christchurch and is buried in the Rangiora cemetery.
    Links: Te Ara, PrideNZ.com

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