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Wed 22 Jan 2020

  • Brooks Laich is 'prioritizing pleasure' amid Julianne Hough marriage speculation
    Brooks Laich opens up about his personal life with Julianne Hough in a new podcast episode...
    Links: Stuff
  • Healthcare’s a human right, not ‘a privilege for the rich’
    The UN agency devoted to ending AIDS as a public health threat is calling on top politicians and governments across the world to ensure the right to quality healthcare is upheld, and not just a privilege to be enjoyed by the wealthy...
    Links: Scoop
  • Sam Smith to perform at Sydney's gay and lesbian Mardi Gras
    UK singer Sam Smith has been added to the slew of international stars set to celebrate Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next month...
    Links: Stuff
  • Bear Week is Back and Celebrating 11 Years
    Links: Express
  • Exclusive: Former Guardian Jacquie Grant Slams Rainbow Pride Auckland
    Links: Express
  • Is One Person Ever Enough? | Express Chats to The Cast...
    Links: Express

Tue 22 Jan 2019

  • China says doctor behind gene-edited babies acted on his own
    Chinese investigators have determined that the doctor behind the reported birth of two babies whose genes had been edited in hopes of making them resistant to the AIDS virus acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law, a state media report...
    Links: Stuff
  • Gamer live-streams Donkey Kong marathon, raises over $340,000 for trans youth
    In a Twitch stream spanning 58 hours, a British gamer conquered Donkey Kong 64, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for trans youth and even chatted to US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...
    Links: RNZ
  • TV host jailed in Eygpt for interviewing gay man
    An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to one year of hard labour for interviewing a gay man last year...
    Links: RNZ
  • An Eye for Style: express Chats With Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley
    Links: Express
  • Overindulged A Little Too Much This Festive Season? Check Out These...
    Links: Express

Mon 22 Jan 2018

  • 10 years on from Human Rights Commission's inquiry into transgender discrimination
    A lot can change in 10 years - but violence and discrimination experience by trans people has not...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Op-ed: trans man and HRC advisor Taine Polkinghorne
    When I came out at the end of 2011, it was usual practice for trans people to receive a mental health diagnosis from a medical professional, counsellor or therapist to start their medical transition...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • Transwoman Phylesha Brown-Acton and transman Tom Hamilton speak about life 10 years after the HRC inquiry
    A decade ago 10 trans people were profiled for the world first inquiry into discrimination against trans people...
    Links: NZ Herald
  • A Single Weekly Pill For HIV Could Be On Its Way
    Links: Express
  • Eagle Bar Runs Hot!
    Links: Express
  • Family Bar and Club
    Links: Express
  • Hopetoun Brown: Rhythm and Groove
    Links: Express
  • Part One: Rainbow Pasefika: We Exist, We Belong
    Links: Express

Sun 22 Jan 2017

  • Melbourne car rampage started with anti-gay fight
    The deadly rampage by a Melbourne driver on Friday had its genesis partly in an argument over the driver's brother's sexuality...

Fri 22 Jan 2016

  • Trans Prisoner Day of Action is marked (Wellington, New Zealand)
    Links: Indy Media
  • Wallace Arts Trust Prize winner announced
    This years winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Short Fiction Prize has been announced, with Jade du Preez taking out the top prize for her short story ‘Lily of the Valley’...

Thu 22 Jan 2015

  • Barack Obama Makes History in State of The Union Speech
    Links: Express
  • Breaking: Israeli Embassy Float Not Returning For 2015 Parade
    Links: Express
  • Sam Smith Splits From Boyfriend
    Links: Express
  • Taane's Pride
    Can you even imagine? Taane Mete performing a solo piece inspired by Michael Parmenter’s epic 1999 production Jerusalem, to a song by the late Mahinarangi Tocker...

Wed 22 Jan 2014

  • Realities for trans students in NZ revealed
    A world-first study has found transgender students in New Zealand experience compromised mental health and personal safety, and have difficulty accessing health care...

Tue 22 Jan 2013

  • Tongan gays "unnatural," t want marriage"
    Gay Tongan people are said by their church leaders to be against changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry, and other Tongan clerics say marriage of a same-sex couple would be "unnatural...

Sun 22 Jan 2012

  • Carmen Rupe memorial, Wellington (Scotty and Mal's Cocktail Bar, Wellington)
    Audio from the memorial to Carmen Rupe held at Scotty and Mals.
    Features: Celia Wade-Brown, Dana de Milo, Georgina Beyer, Grant Robertson, Jurgen Hoffman, Malcolm Kennedy-Vaughan, Pasi Daniels, Phil Rogers, Robin Warea-Hargreaves, Tom Stacey, Trevor Morley

Sat 22 Jan 2011

  • Review: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Calvin Tuteao as Kawa Nights In the Gardens of Spain 8...

Fri 22 Jan 2010

  • Weather forces Out in the Square postponement

Thu 22 Jan 2009

  • Pride '09: Art celebrates gender diversity
    An art exhibition opening in Auckland tomorrow for the Pride '09 Festival will reveal the extraordinary and ordinary worlds of individuals who define themselves as "gender uncertain" or "gender fluid"...

Tue 22 Jan 2008

  • Tributes: Moreton will be sadly missed

Mon 22 Jan 2007

  • UK: Cabinet row over gay adoption law
    The UK Government's Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is trying to water down new anti-discrimination laws to let Catholic adoption agencies turn away gay couples...

Sun 22 Jan 2006

  • Pollyfilla: "I'm an interactive party decoration, really"
    Pollyfilla Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast has described her as an icon of the city, and comedian Ruby Wax was so overwhelmed when she met her that "Oh my god" was all she could manage...

Sat 22 Jan 2005

  • Wellington cruise yacht needs crew
    Would-be sailors with an interest in cruise yachting and time on their hands during the week are being asked to join the crew of the Spindrift of Nelson, which made an appearance at the UniQ/GAP gay day out at Scorching Bay in Wellington last Saturday...

Wed 22 Jan 2003

  • Condom maker is major sponsor of Hero Festival
    Condoms and lubricant maker Ansell has formally announced its involvement in this year's Auckland Hero Festival 2003...

Tue 22 Jan 2002

  • The NZAF: Rumblings of discontent
    On a number of fronts questions are being asked, frequently and for the moment quietly, about the work of the NZ AIDS Foundation...

Wed 22 Jan 1896

  • Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
    Cresswell was later shot by Charles Mackay, mayor of Wanganui
    Links: Te Ara,

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